NC Campus Compact Engaged Faculty Scholars Program

Posted on April 27, 2015

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Starting in 2015, North Carolina Campus Compact is offering a unique opportunity for faculty interested in public scholarship, engagement and service-learning. Annually two individuals from the NC Campus Compact network will be selected to serve a one-year term. The program supports the integration of service-learning and community engagement in teaching, research, and service.

Faculty Scholars Program Goals

  • Promote and deepen the scholarship of engagement at his/her own institution
  • Assist in building the infrastructure for faculty engagement on another NC Campus Compact member institution

Each Scholar is expected to work toward these two goals. At the end of the program year each Scholar will share resources and materials with North Carolina Campus Compact to assist others in the network.

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
  • Support Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement by serving on the Editorial Board or as a Book Reviewer or by submitting an article for publication in an upcoming issue
  • Share knowledge through a webinar or blog post

Program Benefits

Each Scholar will receive the following compensation after successful completion of the program:

  • Financial stipend of $1500
  • Up to $500 travel reimbursement
  • Conference attendance support
  • At least one free civic engagement publication

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.
  • The mileage reimbursement rate is .555.
  • Conference support is up to $500.

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.

Program Eligibility

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

Program Timeline (2015-16)

  • Program Announcement: April 2015
  • Application Deadline: Friday, May 22, 2015
  • Acceptance Notification: June 2015
  • Program Period: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016

Application Requirements

There are three parts to the application process.

  • Cover Page
  • Letter(s) of Support
  • Narrative

Application Cover Page

This page is submitted through the online link and includes basic information and a short biography as well as an abstract, timeline, and outcomes for the engaged scholarship project you plan to pursue to promote and deepen the scholarship of engagement at your institution during the project year.

Letter(s) of Support

All applicants must include a letter of support from their academic dean, specifically addressing how their participation supports the goals of the school or department and whether any match can be provided.

Additional letters of support from students, community partners and others, while optional, may strengthen the application. Please limit to two additional letters.

On the cover page you will enter the names and contact information for those writing your letters of support.


Use the following set of questions to develop a narrative not to exceed 3 (double-spaced) pages. Please clearly label each section.

  1. Goal One: Promote and deepen the scholarship of engagement at your institution
    1. Describe the approach you propose to meet Goal One ( See the Overview for proposed options).
    2. Explain how your proposed approach will achieve this goal.
  2. Goal Two: Assist in building the infrastructure for faculty engagement on another NC Campus Compact member institution
    1. Share your experiences with engaged scholarship and how they demonstrate your competency to support another institution in this area.
  3. Describe your interest in contributing to the field of engaged scholarship on your campus, in your field and beyond.
  4. Professional Development
    1. Describe your prior experience with engaged scholarship and how you plan to use this program opportunity to bolster your professional development in this area.


Submit the cover page here.

Upload the support letter(s) and narrative here. Password: ncccscholars2015

Submit application materials by Midnight on Friday, May 22, 2015. Only complete proposals received by the deadline will be considered.


Contact Leslie Garvin, Executive Director, with any questions, (336) 278-7278.

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