Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship

The Center for Academic Innovation, in partnership with public engagement units across campus, invite University of Michigan faculty on the Ann Arbor campus to apply for the new Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship. Public Engagement Fellows will strengthen their public engagement skills, connect with a community of public engagement professionals at U-M, and develop innovative projects to serve the public good with support from the Center for Academic Innovation and other campus units. In this pilot year, we plan to support nine Fellows across disciplines and career stages.

What is the Fellowship:

There are two phases in this fellowship experience: a Studio Experience phase focused on learning and project development in May 2020 and a subsequent opportunity to request in-kind support and up to $10,000 for a new, ambitious, public engagement project proposal.

Studio Experience

During the month-long Studio Experience, Fellows will interact with experts across the university representing the breadth of opportunities available in public engagement. Activities in this first phase include:

  • Workshops supporting skill development and greater familiarity with the breadth of opportunities in public engagement, including on-campus resources.
  • Participation in a learning community focused on advancing public engagement goals, including 1:1 consulting on project aspirations and mentorship from faculty across disciplines and career stages.
  • Completion of two short projects, including: 1) a written piece for a public audience, and 2) an experiment using digital technology for public engagement.
  • Development of a project plan and proposal for additional project support.

Fellows who successfully complete the Studio Experience will receive a $1,500 stipend. 

Project Support

Successful Fellows may propose an ambitious public engagement project and be eligible for up to $10,000 in funding and in-kind support from Academic Innovation and other units on campus. This funding and support can apply to different costs and needs, including building relationships with relevant communities, creating materials to share scholarship, etc. Additional details about project support will be shared with Fellows during the Studio Experience. 

Fellowship goals and benefits:

The Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship aims to:

  • Meet President Schlissel’s charge to expand our public purpose by bringing more faculty into public engagement and creating new ways to increase scholarship impact.
  • Support faculty-articulated needs and create opportunities to develop skills and launch ambitious, innovative public engagement projects.
  • Advance public engagement efforts regardless of partner, context, audience, or type of public engagement.

As a Public Engagement Fellow, you will gain: 

  • A stipend for participating in the Studio Experience.
  • Unique opportunities to develop or level-up public engagement skills in partnership with experts across U-M.
  • Access to an interdisciplinary and intergenerational learning community.
  • Recognition as a public engagement practitioner, including support to tell the story of your impact and opportunities to highlight your work.
  • Eligibility to request in-kind support from Academic Innovation and other campus units and $10,000 of funding to support an ambitious public engagement project.

Who should apply?

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor faculty from all schools and colleges are encouraged to apply — including Lecturers III and IV, tenured and tenure-track faculty, research faculty, curatorial faculty and clinical faculty. The program is designed for faculty who are relatively new to public engagement work or who are interested in trying something new in their public engagement practice. Fellows interested in working in all forms of public engagement are welcome.

Applications for Fellows must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2020. Selected Fellows will be notified by mid-March 2020. 

Mentor Fellows Program

Faculty with more extensive experience in public engagement are encouraged to consider a position as a Mentor Fellow. Mentor Fellows will work closely with Fellows during the Studio Experience, providing guidance and mentorship based on their own expertise in public engagement. In return, Mentor Fellows will be welcome to participate in all elements of the Studio Experience and will be connected with a group of interdisciplinary, intergenerational scholars. They will also receive recognition for their work and will be eligible to be a member of Fellow-led teams requesting project support in the second phase of the fellowship. 

In this pilot year, we plan to support three Mentor Fellows across disciplines and forms of public engagement. Mentor Fellows will be recruited via nomination and a short application. Self-nominations for the Mentor Fellow program are welcome. Nominators can also follow the link below; nominees will then be subsequently invited to complete the brief application. 

Nominations for Mentor Fellows must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 17, 2020. Once the Fellows have been selected in mid-March 2020, we will accept Mentor Fellows based on the needs of the cohort. We will notify selected Mentor Fellows by late March 2020. 

Have questions?

Email peff.admin@umich.edu or come chat during the following coffee hours in the Center for Academic Innovation’s kitchen in Hatcher Graduate Library (8th Floor).