2019-2020 Engaged Scholars Initiative: Call for Nominations

The Campus Compacts of the Eastern Region, in partnership with the Swearer Center at Brown University, are accepting nominations for up to ten engaged faculty, staff, and administrators to join a collaborative learning and leadership cohort from January 2019 to May 2020. The purpose of the Engaged Scholars cohort is to develop, support and connect leaders who can advance co-created knowledge, critically engaged pedagogies, institutional change, and collaborative action to address societal issues. View the Engaged Scholars Initiative Page for additional background information. The deadline for nominations is October 12, 2018.

Engaged Scholar Initiative Details

Cohort members will commit to an ongoing learning and leadership process from January 2019 to May 2020. This experience includes a combination of in-person and online meetings, mentoring, and scholarly work. The programmatic elements are: 

Opening retreat – The initial multi-day retreat will take place in Rhode Island on January 3-5, 2019.
Eastern Region Campus Compact conference   In conjunction with the Eastern Region Campus Compact conference (March 25-27, 2019, in Providence, RI), the Engaged Scholars will participate in a specialized pre-conference meeting (March 24, 2019), receive recognition during the conference program, and co-lead one or more conference sessions (e.g. workshop, plenary, etc.).
Bi-monthly meetings – Utilizing online meeting technology, cohort members will participate in bi-monthly calls between May 2019-May 2020, to be scheduled with cohort members’ calendars in mind.
Mentoring  – Throughout the experience, the cohort will have access to a network of passionate and supportive peers, as well as one-on-one mentoring from an experienced engaged scholar or practitioner-scholar.
Closing retreat – As a closing activity during May 2020, cohort members will gather in a central location for a 1-2-day closing retreat and action planning.
Scholarly project Whether new or an expansion on existing work, each project should seek to advance the understanding and practice of community engagement, civic engagement, and/or education for democracy.  This work can be done individually or in collaboration with others and can focus on teaching and learning, research, or creative works.

Throughout the experience, cohort member will collaborate with each other, staff from Campus Compact and the Swearer Center, and field leaders who support relational, critical, and democratic approaches. Engaged Scholars will identify strategic priorities jointly but may form subgroups to work on particular projects such as collaborative research, presentations, and publications. We know that a great deal of change can happen over 18 months, but to the extent possible we ask cohort members to bring a spirit of commitment to this experience. Additionally, cohort members will be encouraged to self-organize meetings co-located at other national conferences or meetings (e.g. Campus Compact, AAC&U, IARSLCE, Imagining America, etc.) or other equivalent spaces. 


Cohort members are expected to:
1)  Attend and actively participate in every aspect of the cohort experience.
2)  Complete any required preparation and resulting action items.
3)  Actively communicate with program directors and fellow cohort members throughout the experience ensuring the highest level of engagement and collaboration.
4)  Pursue a scholarly project (individual or collaborative) of their choosing.

Nominating Institutions are expected to:
1)  Pay program fee by the Opening Retreat.
2)  Cover travel and lodging to opening retreat, ERCC Conference, and closing retreat.
3)  Provide access to technology needed to participate in online meetings and mentoring sessions.

Program Fee

The program fee is $1,500 and includes one complimentary registration for the scholar to attend the ERCC conference. The total value of the program is estimated to be $10,000. This program is only possible due to the significant financial and in-kind contributions by the Swearer Center and the Eastern Region Campus Compacts. Limited scholarship funds are available to representatives from institutions with minimal professional development funds. 


–  Faculty, staff, and administrators from Campus Compact member institutions located in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts,  New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, are eligible to apply.
–  Individuals with a faculty appointment must be full-time and either be pre-tenure (for tenure-track appointments) or within their first eight years in their positions (for contract-based systems).
–  Professional staff and administrators must be within their first eight years of full-time professional experience in the field of civic and community engagement.
–  Engaged or activist scholars who have been involved with communities and public issues but have not participated in community engagement-focused organizations are welcome.
–  We strongly encourage individuals of all identities (ethnic, racial, gender, sexual, religious, etc.) and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply.
–  We encourage nominations from all institutional types including community colleges and Minority Serving Institutions.

Nomination Materials

A complete nomination will include 1) a letter of interest from the nominee; 2) the nominee’s current CV or resume; and, 3) a letter of support from the nominee’s college/university president or provost. Instructions for each are below:

1) Letter of interest from the nominee (maximum three pages):

– Describe your commitment to and experience with community-engaged scholarship (teaching and/or research) and/or your experience as a community engagement professional. What are the critical issue(s) you are most concerned about in the field?
– Describe the significance of race, diversity, and equity in your own personal or professional life; especially as it relates to the complex and nuanced issues associated with community engagement.
– Reflect on the identities and strengths you would contribute to this collaborative cohort and what you hope to gain by participating in it.
– Identify a relevant scholarly project to be initiated, pursued, and/or completed during the term.
– Note any regional or national conferences you typically attend and/or professional networks you participate in.

2) Nominee’s current CV or resume

3) Letter of support from nominee’s college/university president or provost (maximum two pages) that includes:
– Brief description of the institution’s support for engaged scholarship and for the candidate’s participation in this cohort, as well as any anticipated benefits of their participation to the institution.
– Commitment to covering the Engaged Scholar’s travel expenses related to their participation in the ERCC conference, the cohort’s initial retreat (January 2019), and closing retreat (May 2020).

Deadline & Review Process

Completed nominations should be submitted no later than October 12, 2018.

A committee comprised of representatives from Campus Compact member institutions, Swearer Center staff, and Campus Compact staff will review all applications and select a cohort of up to ten Eastern Region Campus Compact Engaged Scholars for 2019-20. All nominees will be notified of the committee’s decisions by  November 16, 2018. Criteria to be used in the review include:
–  demonstrated commitment to relational, critical, and democratic engaged scholarship in their professional role(s);
–  interest in developing their own practice, fostering collaboration, and acting as a resource for colleagues in the field;
–  willingness to participate fully in the entire experience including the January 2019 retreat, March 2019 Eastern Region Campus Compact conference, and other activities developed with the cohort;
–  creation of a diverse group overall, including — but not limited to — demographic diversity and diversity in experience and role(s) on campus.


All materials should be uploaded via Submittable. All documents must be in either PDF or Microsoft Word formats.

With any questions, please contact:
Matt Farley, Director, Campus Compact of Southern New England
Julie Plaut, Assistant Dean of the College and Swearer Center Director of Faculty Engagement and Research, Brown University