Engaged Faculty Scholars
The Engaged Faculty Scholars program allows two faculty members from our network the opportunity to carry out a self-designed project that advances the scholarship of engagement at their institution. The selected faculty also work together to expand faculty engagement at another member campus.
The 12-month program provides a cash stipend, a budget for travel and professional development, and a complimentary resource.
Ms. Julie Trotter
English and Humanities professor
Alamance Community College
Trotter began her one-year term on July 1, 2020. Trotter is the first community college representative selected since the program began in 2015.
As an Engaged Faculty Scholar, Trotter will curate resources for student research and engagement customized to fit the community college faculty’s workload and the community college student demographics. Her goal is to develop a Guidebook on Engaged Student Research that will be accessible to both faculty advisors and students at ACC and throughout the entire 57 NC Community College System. Additionally she will support ACC’s Guided Pathways Essential Practices: Scale of Adoption Self-Assessment plan which seeks to provide opportunities to students to apply and deepen knowledge and skills through projects, internships, co-ops, clinical placements, group projects outside of class, service learning, study abroad and other active learning activities that faculty intentionally embed into their coursework. Finally she will provide a professional development workshop on student engagement and student research projects for ACC’s Fall and Spring cycle of faculty professional development. In her proposal Trotter outlines the need for such a guide in the community college setting and states her desire that it will “Serve as an important catalyst to student research and civic engagement within ACC and within the other 57 community colleges.”
Director of the Teaching & Learning Center and Professor of English, Theatre, and Foreign Languages
2018 – 2019
East Carolina University
2017 – 2018
Dr. Jacquelyn Lee, Assistant Professor of Social Work, UNC Wilmington
Dr. Beth Wall-Bassett, Associate Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics
2016 – 2017
Dr. Maggie Commins, Associate Professor of Political Science
Queens University of Charlotte
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Dr. Cara Kozma, Assistant Professor of English
High Point University
News article on Kozma’s selection
2015 – 2016
Goal One: Promote and Deepen the Scholarship of Engagement at Scholars Own Institution
The Scholar can fulfill this expectation in at least one of the following ways:
- Develop or enhance an academic service-learning course component. The service-learning must be a new integration or for a new class.
- Conduct a community-based applied or participatory research project.
- Form a new community-campus partnership or expand a current partnership. We are especially interested in ideas that build or increase the depth of the partnership.
- Design and implement a plan to enhance public scholarship as a legitimate and rigorous form of scholarly work on campus.
- Promote the use of service-learning as a teaching pedagogy by facilitating professional development.
- Create or build upon civic engagement initiatives on campus.
- Conduct research on the impact of service-learning/community engagement/public scholarship on participants (students, faculty, community partners).
Goal Two: Assist in building the infrastructure for faculty engagement on another NC Campus Compact member institution
- Provide technical assistance to a member institution (identified by NC Campus Compact) that is in the early stages of promoting the scholarship of engagement to include, but not limited to:
- At least two in-person consultations
- Regular correspondence (phone and/or email) throughout the year
Other opportunities for engagement are available throughout the program year. Participation in these opportunities is not required but encouraged.
- Present project information during the Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) conference and/or other regional/national civic engagement events
- Share knowledge through a webinar or blog post
Each Scholar will receive the following compensation upon successful completion of the program:
- Financial stipend of $1000
- Up to $250 for professional development (e.g. conference or training attendance support)
- Up to $200 travel reimbursement for visiting the partner institution (the mileage reimbursement rate is .555 per mile)
Colleges and universities are encouraged to provide a match of cash, course release, and/or other resources and recognition.
Terms and Conditions
The stipend will be given at the conclusion of the program, upon fulfillment of program expectations.
North Carolina Campus Compact will ask for a report at the end of the program period that will be posted on our website (along with other provided materials) and used as a resource for future Faculty Scholars.
This program is only open to faculty from North Carolina Campus Compact member institutions. This is a competitive application process. Faculty who demonstrate that their scholarship is responsive to community need, with the potential to establish long-term benefits to North Carolinians, will receive preference. Two individuals will be selected annually.
Desired qualities in nominees:
- History of engaged teaching or scholarship
- A desire for new learning about service and engaged scholarship
- An interest in working with faculty at other institutions in the state
- The capacity to effectively communicate and disseminate the results of their research and engaged scholarship to public, academic, and external audiences
- Commitment to actively participate in the program
- Application released: 1st week in March
- Application Deadline: 2nd week in May
- Acceptance Notification: 1st week in June
- Program Period: July 1 to June 30
Contact Leslie Garvin, Executive Director, with any questions, (336) 278-7278.