Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship

The Center for Academic Innovation, in partnership with public engagement units across campus, supports University of Michigan-Ann Arbor faculty in the new Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship. Public Engagement Fellows will strengthen their public engagement skills, connect with a community of experienced faculty and 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.

We are proud to announce the inaugural 2020 cohort of Fellows and Mentor Fellows!

The 2020 cohort of Fellows and Mentor Fellows are University of Michigan-Ann Arbor faculty representing eleven schools and colleges. This dynamic group will be working across all forms of public engagement

Read more about this dynamic group of scholars in the 2020 Cohort

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.

The Fellowship Experience:

There are two phases in this fellowship experience: an early Studio Experience phase focused on learning and project development 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 Studio Experience, Fellows and Mentor Fellows 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.
  • Two small public communication projects, including a written piece for a public audience and a short video explainer about their work.
  • One-on-one consulting on Fellow project aspirations to scope and plan the project proposal, with further opportunities for interdisciplinary mentorship and support.

Fellows and Mentor Fellows who successfully complete the Studio Experience receive a $1,500 stipend and public recognition for their efforts.

Project Support
Fellows who successfully complete the Studio Experience 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. Mentor Fellows are eligible to be a member of Fellow-led teams requesting project support.

Interested in becoming a Fellow or Mentor Fellow?
Applications to participate in the 2021 cohort of the Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship will open in the late fall of 2020. If you would like to receive updates on the Fellowship, please complete this contact form.

Have questions?
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