Faculty Engagement Opportunities

The Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (CLCE) supports Wagner College’s Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts by serving as an intellectual, logistical, and ethical resource in connecting Wagner College with institutional and organizational partners on Staten Island and beyond. Together, we share a commitment to confronting complex social, economic, and political issues through democratic engagement.

The CLCE’s anchor program is the Bonner Leader Program, designed by The National Bonner Foundation. Its mission is to provide diverse, low-income, under-represented, and first generation students with the opportunity to attend college, while engaging their talents and education in building and supporting communities. Bonner Leaders commit to over 300 hours of civic engagement work, skill development and reflection based seminars, and service trips each year. In addition, the program helps to create a collaborative campus culture through its unique, four-year cohort model.

In support of Wagner College’s ongoing efforts to increase faculty participation in community engagement, the CLCE has been awarded a grant for the 2019-2020 academic year as part of the Bonner Foundation Community-Engaged Learning Initiative. With this grant, Wagner aims to create a new Faculty Course Development Cohort whose overarching goal is to design a more scaffolded course structure for civically-engaged courses and revise Wagner’s Civic Engagement Minor. Additionally, Wagner aims to create formal Faculty Fellows who are responsible for promoting deeper departmental and academic support for civic engagement classes, students, scholarship, and partner communication. The Fellows will also serve as members for a pilot Faculty Advisory Board for Civic Engagement, a body that addresses culture and policy change. This work will be supported by the leadership of the Provost, Jeffrey Kraus, and Dean of Integrated Learning, Sarah Scott. Arlette Cepeda, Director and Alison Arant, Faculty Director, of the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement will provide direction to the cohort and its partnerships with initiatives like the Food Recovery Network, Educational Pipeline and Leadership Academy, and other sustained projects. The cohort, which will involve several other key faculty, will design project-based and research-based (including lab) engaged courses, inventory existing courses, and develop a more full range of scaffolded pathways. The Faculty Advisory Board will focus especially on how to expand student campus-wide engagement, including by bridging academic and co-curricular advising, and on addressing policies and rewards.

Bonner Grant-Based Engagement Opportunities

The purpose of this initiative is to promote community-engaged learning (CEL) in a myriad of forms (i.e., service learning, community based projects and research, engaged scholarship, etc.). The cohort will be composed of two faculty members teaching project-based courses and two faculty members teaching research-based courses. Together they will participate in a community of practice to develop and/or modify these courses. The four participating faculty members will receive a stipend for their involvement. Furthermore, any of the members can apply to work as Cohort Director for an additional stipend. In collaboration with CLCE staff, the Cohort Director will help facilitate faculty workshops/cohort meetings and design a workshop model for preparing Wagner College students for responsible community engagement. In addition, all faculty cohort members will work with a community partner and may request a Bonner Leader to participate in the project. 

Key Terms

Community-Engaged Learning is a pedagogical approach that involves students, community partners, and instructors working together to analyze and solve community issues. This approach involves experiential learning, in which students apply their learning and skills to solve real-world issues and reflect on the process. Simultaneously, the communities and instructors also benefit from this collaboration with access to institutional resources and skill-sets. CEL programs “model the idea that giving something back to the community is an important college outcome, and that working with community partners is good preparation for citizenship, work, and life.” (Association of American Colleges & Universities).

Various forms of community-engaged learning can include:

  • Project-Based courses (where courses involve short-term projects for students with a partner in a community context)
  • Community-Based Research courses (which involve examining a question or need articulated by a community partner that can be addressed through research or academic study)
  • Community-Based Participatory Research courses (which involve engaging community residents alongside student and faculty researchers to address a question or need posed by the community)

The Community Engaged Learning Initiative is designed to:

  • Support faculty in their integration of high-impact educational practices;
  • Engage faculty in developing and deepening reciprocal community-campus partnerships and projects tied to their courses, research, and service;
  • Provide faculty with a supportive community in which they can learn and apply engaged teaching and learning practices and pedagogies;
  • Provide institutional and national recognition for faculty involvement, as well as other benefits (such as stipends, professional development, publishing opportunities, etc.)

Responsibilities:

The Faculty Course Development Cohort is designed to create programmatic and curricular structure for civically-engaged courses. The CLCE hopes to recruit faculty members with experience in civic engagement work and others who are new to the work. The four cohort members will assume the following commitments and responsibilities: 

Fall 2019

  • Agree to be listed as a faculty member of the Course Development Cohort with Wagner College and the Bonner Foundation 
  • Participate in at least two workshops and cohort meetings designed to train and guide faculty for community engagement through interactive discussions of articles, scholarship, and faculty experiences (Cohort Director helps facilitate in collaboration with CLCE staff)
  • Contribute to a workshop model for preparing Wagner College students for responsible community engagement work (Cohort Director leads the design in consultation with cohort members) 

Spring 2020: 

  • Offer one of four pilot courses, either using the project-based format or the research-based community engagement format
  • Pilot student workshops for responsible community engagement (Cohort Director)
  • Participate in at least two cohort meetings 
  • Assess how these new or redesigned courses could contribute to a model for future project-based community engagement courses or research-based community engagement courses 

Outcomes

  • Greater faculty involvement in community engagement
  • Increased structural clarity, academic visibility, assessment, and integration for civic engagement in the Wagner College curriculum
  • Potential incorporation of sustainable CEL courses in Wagner College’s Civic Engagement Minor 

Eligibility

The program is open to any faculty member (adjunct, instructor, lecturer, and tenure-track faculty) in all departments. A team of faculty members could apply together if they co-teach a course or teach the same course alternatively. In either case, each team member will receive the full grant.

Benefits of Participation

Faculty who participate will receive:

  • The opportunity to be a part of a professional learning community to exchange ideas and seek intellectual support from colleagues
  • A stipend of $250 for project-based courses (maximum 2)
  • A stipend of $500 for research-based courses  (maximum 2)
  • A stipend of $250 for community partners (maximum 4)
  • A stipend of $500 for assuming the role of Cohort Director (1)  
  • On-going support from the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement staff to develop the course (i.e. workshops and help with course design, community partnership development, transportation, reflection, etc.)
  • Institutional and national recognition (such as through the campus and Bonner Foundation website, campus awards, newsletters, reports, etc.)

 

Next Steps: 

Interested faculty should do the following:

  1. Discuss ideas (courses, partners, projects, student roles, etc.) with the CLCE team members including Arlette Cepeda, Alison Arant, or Sarah Scott
  2. Consider attending one of the informational lunches scheduled for 11:20AM on Monday, 9/16 or 12:50PM on Tuesday, 9/17 
  3. Submit an application via the CLCE website on or before 9/24/19
  4. Sarah Scott, Alison Arant, and Arlette Cepeda will review applications and announce cohort members in early October 
  5. The cohort will begin to meet in mid October 

To Apply, click here.

In order to advance the campus-wide integration of community-engaged learning (CEL), this program will involve recruiting ten faculty members to serve one-year fellowship terms on a civic engagement advisory board. Renewed terms may be possible as additional funding opportunities emerge. The board’s mission is to create and sustain changes in College infrastructure, policies, and teaching related to community-engaged learning. The CLCE hopes to recruit representatives from each of the college’s academic divisions or professional programs (Arts, Business, Education, Humanities, Nursing, Sciences, and Social Sciences), along with one to serve as Bonner and civic engagement advisor, one to serve as partner agreement coordinator and another to serve as assessment/scholarship coordinator. However, the composition of the board may shift based on the faculty applicant pool. Participating faculty members will receive a stipend for their involvement in meetings and work. 

The Community Engaged Learning Initiative is designed to:

  • Support faculty in their integration of high-impact educational practices;
  • Engage faculty in developing and deepening reciprocal community-campus partnerships and projects tied to their courses, teaching, research, and service;
  • Provide faculty with a supportive community in which they can learn and apply engaged teaching and learning practices and pedagogies;
  • Provide institutional and national recognition for faculty involvement, as well as other benefits (such as stipends, professional development, publishing opportunities, etc.).

Responsibilities: 

Faculty Fellows will assist in faculty development around civic engagement within their professional program or across departments within the divisions they represent. Additionally, two Bonner Leaders will aid faculty fellows in carrying out these projects. The CLCE hopes to recruit faculty members with experience in civic engagement work and others who are new to the work. The fellows on the board will collaborate on the following commitments and responsibilities: 

  • Agree to be listed as Faculty Fellow Advisory Board Members with Wagner College and the Bonner Foundation. 
  • Participate in at least four workshops (2 in fall, 2 in spring) designed to train and guide faculty for community engagement through interactive discussions of articles, scholarship, and faculty experiences. 
  • Participate in monthly advisory board meetings.
  • Assist with an inventory of on-going, planned, or hoped for civic engagement courses or projects that faculty or community partners intend to carry out with the goal of connecting these partners to faculty and students at Wagner. 
  • Work with department chairs and key faculty members to define the public dimensions of major disciplines and include definitions in relevant course syllabi.
  • Assist chairs and key faculty members in creating public statements for department webpages and promotional literature that articulate the public and civic dimensions of their respective disciplines. 
  • Collaborate with Bonner Coordinator and Bonner Leaders to develop a plan for learning outcomes that leaders can use with their community partners. 
  • Advise Bonner students in the board member’s appropriate academic division in developing senior Capstone projects, including working on Capstone presentation skills.
  • Brainstorm ways to bridge academic and co-curricular advisement structures. 
  • Collaborate with Bonner Leaders and Horrmann Library staff in developing resources for students, faculty, and the CLCE in scholarship support. 
  • Contribute to an annual report on civic engagement in order to heighten its visibility on campus. 
  • Present report findings at the Wagner College IMPACT summit and on an updated version of the CLCE website. 
  • Participate in at least one national meeting with the Bonner Foundation and its network over the course of 2019-2020.
  • Identify institutional barriers to student and/or faculty engagement, especially considering the role of diversity and inclusion.
  • Adapt and implement assessment strategies for Wagner’s purposes.

Outcomes

  • Greater faculty direction of community engagement at Wagner College
  • Increased structural clarity, academic visibility, assessment, and integration for civic engagement in the Wagner College curriculum

Benefits for Participation

Faculty who participate will receive:

  • The opportunity to gain valuable leadership and administrative experience as a key member of the advisory board
  • A stipend of $1,500 to work on identified projects
  • Ongoing partnership and collaboration with colleagues in the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement and its extended programs with students and faculty
  • Institutional and national recognition (via campus opportunities, scholarship development, the Bonner Foundation website, newsletters, reports, etc.)

Eligibility

The program is open to any full-time faculty members in all departments. 

Next Steps: 

Interested faculty should do the following:

  1. Discuss ideas (courses, partners, projects, student roles, etc.) with CLCE affiliates including Arlette Cepeda, Alison Arant, or Sarah Scott
  2. Consider attending one of the informational lunches scheduled for 11:20AM on Monday, 9/16 or 12:50PM on Tuesday, 9/17 
  3. Submit application via the CLCE website before or on 9/24/2019
  4. Sarah Scott, Alison Arant, and Arlette Cepeda will review applications and announce fellows in early October
  5. The fellows will begin to meet in mid October 

To Apply, click here.