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Deadline for service-learning grants is Sept. 4

University of Denver faculty members who incorporate community-based service learning into their classrooms have an opportunity to receive funding through the Service-Learning Faculty Scholars and Faculty Fellows programs.

The programs are administered by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) and are funded by a $50,000 gift from DU Provost Gregg Kvistad’s office. The due date for submissions is Sept. 4. 

The programs aim to help faculty at the University of Denver develop or sustain innovative classes that link traditional academics with community service.

“The goal of the program is to create a learning community of faculty members who are interested in becoming a part of a community of engaged scholars and teachers,” says Eric Fretz, CCESL director. “Faculty members will connect with faculty peers who are practicing community-based learning and develop effective community partnerships.”

The Service-Learning Faculty Fellows program is designed for DU faculty who have some experience with service-learning and are looking to deepen their community-based work and mentor other faculty members. In addition to participating in Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Learning Community meetings and the Public Good Lecture Series, awardees must mentor at least two colleagues and advocate for community-based learning within their department.

The Service-Learning Faculty Scholars program is designed for DU faculty who are new to service-learning. Under the mentorship of a faculty fellow, participants will learn about teaching service learning and publishing and presenting their community-based work. 

Faculty scholars will participate in yearlong reading/discussion groups to discuss recent scholarship and best practices in community-based learning and will write about their experiences or present work at a regional, national or international conference.

Individual proposals will be funded at $1800. Discipline-based and interdisciplinary proposals will be funded at $3600–$5000. Funds are intended for use as faculty stipends and to cover course implementation expenses, including transportation, guest speaker fees, student assistant support and conference fees.

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