The Faculty Fellows in Community-Based Learning program provides resources and support for faculty to design a new course or modify an existing course to include a community-based learning component. The aim of the Faculty Fellows Program is to expand, deepen, and institutionalize community-based learning at CU Boulder.

How to Apply:

The RFP for the 2021-2022 will be released on October 19th. Proposals are due Monday, December 7th.

Do you need help crafting the strongest possible application?  Please attend our workshop on Wednesday, January 15th from 12-1 in EDUC 230. Please click this link to RSVP and/or to schedule an individual consultation.

The proposal includes:

  1. Grant proposal
  2. Budget and narrative
  3. Letter of support from community partner
  4. Faculty Fellows Grant Agreement Form, signed by applicant and Chair or Dean
  5. Appendices (syllabi, assignments, supporting documents, etc)

Want is Community-based Learning? 

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. Critical reflection is also an essential component to enhance students’ learning of course content, understanding of the community, and sense of civic agency.

Benefits for Faculty Fellows

  • Resources: Each Faculty Fellow receives $4,000, which can be used for summer salary, teaching/research materials, funding for community partners, or other appropriate uses, as determined by applicant and approved by CU Engage Selection Committee, Chair or Dean. 
  • Professional development: Fellows participate in a Maymester Community-Based Learning Institute that provides a dedicated process and structure to develop syllabi, assignments, and other tools needed to successfully implement a community-based learning course.
  • Membership in professional learning community: Exchange ideas and intellectual support with other Fellows at the Institute and beyond.

Eligibility and Selection Process

The CU Engage Faculty Fellows Program is open to all CU Boulder faculty members (instructors, clinical, and tenured and tenure-track) from any department. Graduate students and lecturers are not eligible. 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).

What to learn about current and past fellows?

2019-20 Faculty Fellows

2018-19 Faculty Fellows

2017-18 Faculty Fellows

2016-17 Faculty Fellows

2015-16 Faculty Fellows