Faculty Fellows for Community Engagement

The VCU Provost’s Office Faculty Fellow Program supports faculty members who have an interest in deepening their knowledge and skills in higher education administration and in contributing to the operations of the Provost’s Office. Fellows are appointed for two academic semesters with the potential of extending their appointment for an additional two semesters. Fellows must apply and be accepted for a fellowship extension beyond two semesters.

Fellows selected for a Community Engagement Fellowship will work in the Division of Community Engagement (DCE) to support the community engagement mission of the university. Community engagement fellows may choose to participate in projects related to community-engaged teaching and learning, community-engaged research, and/or community outreach and service initiatives. Community Engagement Fellows report directly to the Vice Provost for Community Engagement, Catherine Howard, Ph.D.

Fellowship Compensation

Faculty Fellows will receive $1,500 per semester for their participation in the fellows program. Continuing fellows must apply and be accepted. These amounts can be transferred to an academic department for course buy-out or for professional development.

Eligibility

All full-time faculty members, including tenure-line, term and clinical appointments from all academic units at VCU with a minimum of two years of employment at VCU, are eligible to apply for the Faculty Fellows program. 

The application period is currently closed.

Current and previous Community Engagement Fellows

Schedule and Expectations

Scope and Nature of Work

Fellows working in each of the four focus areas will collaborate with their supervising vice provost to determine the scope and nature of their fellowship work for the year. Fellows are expected to contribute the amount of effort towards fellowship work equivalent to one 3-credit course buyout for the academic year (i.e, across two academic semesters).

Orientation Meeting

Fellows are expected to participate in an orientation meeting during the first month of their fellowship start date. The meeting provides an opportunity for Fellows to meet each other, review the program goals, overview each Fellow’s goals and develop a schedule for the fellowship.

Faculty Fellows Mentoring and Supervision

Each fellow will be mentored and supervised by the senior vice provost or vice provost who oversees the office into which the fellow has been selected. Regular meetings between the fellow and their mentor/supervisor are expected. The fellow’s supervisor will work with the fellow to create a work plan for the year that clearly articulates the goals and deliverables for the fellowship. Each fellow’s work plan will be finalized by October 1 and reviewed (and revised if necessary) by February 1.

Reporting Requirements

Each Fellow is required to provide their supervisor with an end-of-year report that includes the following components. NOTE: activities/accomplishments that are planned/expected to occur between May 1 and Aug. 31 can be included in the report as (Expected):

- SECTION ONE: Description of the fellowship goals and evidence of the accomplishment of these goals.
- SECTION TWO: Reflection on the knowledge and skills learned as a result of the fellowship (i.e., professional development).
- SECTION THREE: Description of the benefits accrued to the Provost’s Office as a result of the fellow’s work.

IMPORTANT: Fellows who wish to continue beyond the first two semesters may combine their end-of-year report with their Fellowship Extension Application and submit both by the May 1 deadline.

Selection Criteria

Each year the VCU Provost’s Office Faculty Fellows Program seeks to engage a competent and diverse cohort of faculty members. Evaluation of applications will be based on the following criteria:

(a)  Clear articulation of the applicant’s fellowship goals.

(b)  A level of experience and expertise, as evidenced by the applicant’s curriculum vita, that indicates the applicant’s readiness for a administrative leadership position in higher education.

(c)  A strong letter of support.