Community Engaged Faculty Program

The Center for Community Engagement and Social Research (CCESR) is excited to announce the launch of the Community Engaged Scholar Program. This new initiative is aimed at strengthening relationships between Central and local community partners. We are seeking an inaugural cohort of approximately 10 faculty members who share a passion for community-engaged scholarship and experiential learning. No experience with community engagement is necessary to apply.

The Community Engaged Scholar Program is open to full-time Central faculty of any rank and across all academic fields of study. Selected faculty will receive a stipend of $3,000 to support
the time invested in developing a working relationship with a community partner. That relationship then provides the opportunity for faculty to design or enhance a course with a prominent service-learning component, or to conduct research that aligns with the needs of the community partner. Undergraduate involvement will be the centerpiece of the cohort’s mission,
bringing invaluable hands-on learning experiences to our students.

The inaugural cohort will work as a team to help foster new community partnerships. With community learning playing a central role in this program, selected faculty will be expected to
attend a series of workshops and retreats starting this summer and running through the 2024-2025 academic year. These expectations are elaborated on in the FAQ section of the application.

Applications are due on March 29 at 5 p.m. and should be emailed to our faculty liaison, Diana Velasco. Cohort application decisions will be made by mid-April. If you would like more information, please contact Diana Velasco (CCESR Faculty Liaison) at

CE Scholar Program Application

CE Scholar Program FAQ