UAB’s Faculty Fellows in Engaged Scholarship program is a one-year fellowship designed to accelerate the work of faculty members eager to develop exemplary curricular approaches to education. These courses will promote active and ethical citizenship, social responsibility, and engagement. The program aims to integrate the philosophy, pedagogy, and process of service learning into the UAB academic environment.

The goal of the program is to provide a venue for faculty to design a new course or to modify an existing course to include a service learning component. The Fellows program is structured around a year-long series of workshops (a total of six meetings) designed to help faculty develop a strong background in service learning pedagogy. The workshops explore theories, implementation, and assessment of academic service learning and how to integrate this methodology into courses across the disciplines.

Faculty Fellows in Engaged Scholarship Application

 

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Benefits of Participation

For faculty members accepted into the program, the Fellowship allows for an intellectual venue in which faculty can exchange ideas with an academically diverse group and learn from the experiences of other Fellows in the program. Faculty will leave the program with a revised course syllabus and the tools and resources needed to successfully implement a service learning course. Additionally, faculty members will benefit from connections to community partners and membership in a university-wide academic engaged scholarship network.

Participating faculty members will be provided with topic-specific readings and materials in advance of each workshop and have one-on-one assistance identifying additional discipline-specific resources and model courses in service learning.

Financially, the Fellowship provides a $1,500 service learning enhancement grant to each Fellow to support course development and research. Funds can be used for teaching/research materials, hourly help by students or additional support staff, related travel, or other appropriate uses at the determination of the Fellow and his or her department head and college dean.

 

Expectations

Faculty Fellows in Engaged Scholarship will meet on the following six dates from 1:00 pm-3:00 p.m. You will be responsible for attending all of these and at least one individual meeting held in early December. It is essential that you attend all of the meetings. If you have a class conflict or anticipate that you may be attending conferences or other meetings, please apply at another time when you will be able to make these meetings a priority. The best possible experience takes place when all of the members of the program can attend and discuss the topics presented. The seminar dates are: 

 

Fall 2017 Spring 2018
Friday, September 8 Friday, January 5
Friday, October 6 Friday, February 2
Friday, November 3 Friday, March 2

 

Faculty will work with the Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research to manage placements, assessments, and structured reflection experiences, and will commit to offering at least one service learning course within one year of completing the program. This course is expected to be maintained in the department’s curriculum as an ongoing regular course offering, not taught as a one-time course. During implementation of the course, fellows will have the continued assistance and support of UAB’s Service Learning Coordinators.

Faculty Fellows will also present their service learning work to their department (at a faculty meeting or brown bag luncheon). Faculty Fellows alumni may be called upon to present their experiences as instructors of each developed SL course during the following academic year to the future Faculty Fellows. (We are sensitive to faculty workloads and will respect the time commitment of faculty participants). We intend that Fellows will serve as advocates and resources for service learning in their home departments and provide consultations on service learning to colleagues.

 

Eligibility and Selection Process

The Faculty Fellows in Engaged Scholarship program is open to all faculty members involved in undergraduate teaching (tenured and tenure-track faculty, professional and administrative educational staff, and adjunct/lecturer instructors) from any department on campus. Priority will be given to those teaching undergraduate courses, but faculty teaching graduate courses may apply.


Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their personal statements, the potential sustainability of the course(s) they propose, and the support they have from their schools/college and academic departments. The program aims for Fellows from diverse areas of campus, so multiple members applying from the same department is discouraged. A panel of current and former Faculty Fellows in Engaged Scholarship reviews applications.

 

  • 2016-2017 Faculty Fellows
  • 2015-2016 Faculty Fellows
  • 2014-2015 Faculty Fellows
  • 2013-2014 Faculty Fellows

  • Kristin Johnston Chapleau, Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, School of Health Professions
  • Suzy Davies, Health Behavior, School of Public Health
  • Caroline N. Harada, Medicine/Medical Education, School of Medicine
  • Ragib Hasan, Computer and Information Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jenna LaChenaye, Department of Human Studies, School of Education
  • Meena Nabavi, Health Care Organization and Policy, School of Public Health
  • Eddie Nabors, Accounting and Finance, Collat School of Business
  • Lourdes Sánchez-López, Foreign Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Abidin Yildirim, Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering

Faculty Fellows in Engaged Scholarship 2015-2016.

  • Amy Badham, Sparkman Center for Global Health, School of Public Health
  • Cathleen Cummings, Art and Art History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Annetta Dolowitz, Department of Management, Information Systems & Quantitative Methods, Collat School of Business
  • John Thomas Maddox, Foreign Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Gregory Myers, Office of the Dean, School of Engineering
  • Jared Ragland, Art and Art History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Samiksha Raut, Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Anamaria Santiago, English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sallie Shipman, Family, Community and Health Nursing, School of Nursing
  • Stephanie Yates, Accounting and Finance, Collat School of Business
  • Jennifer Young, English, College of Arts and Sciences

2014-2015 Faculty Fellows.

  • Bryan Breland, Assistant Professor, Health Services Administration, School of Health Professions
  • Henna Budhwani, Assistant Professor, Health Care Organization and Policy / Sparkman Center for Global Health, School of Public Health
  • Cecilia Cheon, Instructor, Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry
  • Jessica Dallow, Associate Professor, Art and Art History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Cassandra Ellis, Assistant Professor, English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Laurel Hitchcock, Assistant Professor, Social Work, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Christina Barger Hurst, Assistant Professor and Interim Program Director, Genetic Counseling Program, School of Health Professions
  • Pamela Sterne King, Assistant Professor, History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Tondra Loder-Jackson, Associate Professor, Human Studies, School of Education
  • Erika Hille Rinker, Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Anne Zinski, Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine

2013-2014 UAB Faculty Fellows in Service Learning.

  • Douglas Barrett, Assistant Professor, Art & Art History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Katie Buys, Nursing Instructor, Community Health Outcomes & Systems, School of Nursing
  • Dale Dickinson, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
  • Martha Earwood, Assistant Professor, Justice Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Julia Gohlke, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
  • Nichole Lariscy, Assistant Professor, English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Heather Lee, Instructor, Sparkman Center for Global Health, School of Public Health
  • Lisa McCormick, Assistant Professor, Health Care Organization and Policy, School of Public Health
  • Karolina Mukhtar, Assistant Professor, Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Barbara Wech, Associate Professor, Management, Information Systems & Quantitative Methodology, School of Business
  • Jaclyn Wells, Assistant Professor & University Writing Center Director, English, College of Arts and Sciences