Published: Dec. 13, 2017

wheelchair canopy assistive technology faculty fellows

< CU Boulder Engineering students working with Professor Melinda Piket-May help develop assistive technology for people with disabilities. Professor Piket-May is a 2017-18 Faculty Fellow.

Click here for the RFP.

CU Engage is pleased to announce this Request for Proposals that will provide grants of $4,000 for Faculty Fellows in Community-Based Learning. This program provides resources and support for faculty to design a new course or modify an existing course to include a community-based learning component. Fellows can use grant funds for summer salary, teaching/research materials or to support community partners. The program requires fellows requires to participate in a Maymester Community-Based Learning Institute.


Proposals are due by February 1, 2018.

The aim of the Faculty Fellows Program is to expand, deepen, and institutionalize community-based learning at CU-Boulder. We define community-based learning as an intentional pedagogical strategy to integrate student learning in academic courses with community engagement. This work is characterized by reciprocal and mutually beneficial partnerships between instructors, students, and community partners. The goal is to address community-identified needs and ultimately create positive social change. Critical reflection is also an essential component to enhance students’ learning of course content, understanding of the community, and sense of civic agency.

There will be a workshop to help you craft the strongest application on Wednesday January 17 from 11:50-1:00 in EDUC 134.

In 2017-2018, CU Engage named 5 Faculty Fellows. To highlight one, Melinda Piket-May modified her GEEN 1400 First Year Engineering Design. This is an interdisciplinary hands-on, design, build, and test course for entry-level engineering students. Students help people with cognitive and developmental disabilities by doing technical research, designing, and building, durable projects to individual clients. For instance, students designed a system using Amazon’s Alexa to recognize the utterances of individuals with speech impediments to control appliances such as humidifiers and lights in their apartments. The course partners with organizations such as Imagine! and the Expand Program in Boulder Rec.

To learn more about Melinda’s course and the Faculty Fellows Program, listen to CU Engage’s December 20th Amplify podcast, which features a 30 minute conversation with Mellinda, CU Boulder engineering student Sarah DaFoe, and Director of Public Relations at Imagine!, Fred Hobbs.

Eligibility and Selection Process: 

The CU Engage Faculty Fellows Program is open to all CU Boulder faculty members (instructors, lecturers, and tenured and tenure-track faculty) from any department. Priority will be given to proposals that are sustainable and integrated into departmental or core curricula. We especially encourage teams of faculty to apply in cases where two faculty alternate teaching the same course, where there is a sequence of courses as part of a degree program, or faculty from different disciplines co-teach the same course. If instructors are applying as a team, each will receive the full grant (e.g. $8000 for a team of two instructors).

CU Engage is an interdisciplinary center based in the School of Education and serving the Boulder campus. It collaborates with communities, schools, and organizations to address complex public challenges. We facilitate the development of equity-oriented partnerships that sustain engaged learning and mutually beneficial community-based research.

Please contact Roudy Hildreth for more information about the Faculty Fellows program

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