Faculty Opportunities

The Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL) offers many ways for faculty to become involved with community engaged learning and research at UAA. 

Faculty funding, awards, programs and opportunities:

  • Resilient Communities RFPs

    Resilient Communities Initiative

    1. Resilient Communities  | Applications Due March 19 at 5:00 pm | APPLY!

    The Center for Community Engagement & Learning is soliciting proposals for a Resilient Communities initiative with a due date of Monday, March 19, 5:00 pm. We are making a $30,000 investment in 2018-19 with the intention to forward work that UAA faculty and community partners have been doing together in the following thematic areas:

    ● Health & Well-Being
    ● Access to Justice
    ● Our Alaskan Environment
    ● Arts, Language & Culture
    ● Food Systems
    ● Positive Child & Youth Development

    2. Evaluation of Resilient Communities | Applications Due April 20th at 5:00 pm | APPLY!

    The Center for Community Engagement & Learning is soliciting a proposal for a formative evaluation of our Resilient Communities initiative with $4,000 allocated for the evaluation. The Resilient Community grants (4 available at $4,000 each) are out for proposal with a due date of Monday, March 19, 5:00 pm. The winning proposals for the community-based projects will be selected by March 26. Summaries of the winning proposals will be posted on the CCEL website by March 30. The summaries should be viewed and used to inform faculty wishing to submit a proposal for this evaluation.
  • Faculty Minigrants
    Faculty Minigrants: CCEL offers mini-grants for faculty to support community-engaged research and projects and to design curriculum for community engagement.
  • Community Engaged Student Assistants (CESA) 
    Community Engaged Student Assistants: CCEL provides Administration Scholarship awards for undergraduate or graduate students to support faculty in their community-engaged learning,  research, and creative activities and to develop student leadership and commitment to civic engagement on campus and in the community.
  • Selkregg Community Engagement and Service Learning Award
    Selkregg Community Engagement and Service Learning Award: Foundation (privately funded) award supporting faculty in the development of community engaged research, creative activity, and academic service learning projects. 
  • Designate Service Learning & Community Engaged Courses
    Designate your CE or SL classes: Faculty now have the ability to self-designate their courses as Community Engaged (CE) or Service Learning (SL) through a new self-designation process on each semester's class schedule proofs (using the Attn Method column).  
  • Councils
    Serve on the CCEL Advisory Council or the UAA Community Engagement Council or the Certificate in Civic Engagement Committee: The Advisory Council includes faculty and community representatives working together with the CCEL Director to dynamically create and guide the work of the Center.  The UAA Community Engagement Council includes faculty representing all colleges and was designated a permanent committee under the Office of Academic Affairs. The Certificate Faculty Committee is advisory to the Civic Engagement Certificate Program.


Faculty testimonials - "why did you get involved in community-engaged teaching and research projects?"

Dorn van Dommelen

“Service learning enabled me as a teacher to transition with students from ‘the world’s problems are too many and depressing’ to ‘the world’s problems are solvable!”

Professor Dorn Van Dommelen teaches GEOG/INTL 101 and partnered with Heifer International using case studies.  He’s exploring other partnerships now and requires students to reach out to a community and present the problems and possible solutions suggested from the case studies to combat hunger.   “It’s giving them something to do that’s more about changing the world . . . and my teaching too!”  Van Dommelen has a group of CESAs that assist in his multi-class project each year, and he has built a model to encourage student leadership.  
“I try to be very strategic and open up to communities things like the free seminar series for Filipino History Month, to create opportunities for students and faculty to participate too.  I try to work with organizations that satisfy my research interests but also meet a community need.”

Assistant Professor Gabe Garcia has worked either himself or by mentoring graduate students with Anchorage United for Youth and The Urban League, in addition to the Copper River Health Center and several Asian Pacific Islander organizations.   Garcia was nominated for the 2011 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty. 
Gabe Garcia

Tracey Burke

"By accident, I got handed this service-learning course, and I just started.  At first I tried some things that didn’t work out the way I had envisioned.  Now it is much smoother, and my students work with the Food Bank and do Food Stamp Outreach every semester, and I’ve added a Food Stamp Challenge on campus.” Associate Professor Tracey Burke participated in research for the 2005 Hunger Study and received the 2011 Selkregg Award to complete a qualitative research project on “a day in the life of” people in Anchorage who experience hunger.  A Community-Engaged Student Assistant (CESA) from CCEL helps Burke to implement and monitor her class project each semester.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, or have more questions, please give us a call 786-4062 or email at uaa.ccel@alaska.edu. We would love to hear about your ideas or interest in community engaged learning and research at UAA! 
Judy Owens-Manley, CCEL Director, is available for consultation with individual faculty or departments.

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