How to Apply for the CEL Faculty Fellows Program

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Public Scholarship and Engagement seeks applications from Academic Senate and full-time, non-represented Academic Federation members with teaching titles who teach degree-seeking students from all UC Davis schools and colleges. 

The program is primarily designed for faculty interested in:

  • Learning about tools and resources for supporting student learning in community settings on our campuses, in our region, and throughout the world;
  • Promoting student learning that incorporates collaborative problem-solving activities, intercultural engagement, and global learning.
Applications are now closed. If you have any questions about the CEL Fellows Program, please email 

Application Details

Participation Guidelines

Participants must be willing to teach the course during the academic year following the fellowship. Participants commit to a series of six meetings, each approximately three hours. Since this is a learning community, participants are expected to prepare for and engage actively in each session. Fellows are required to attend every meeting. Those who miss more than one meeting will not be eligible for the associated monetary award.

In addition, each CEL Faculty Fellow commits to:

  • Modifying an existing course or designing a new First-Year Seminar course or with a community engaged component;
  • Teaching the course during the 2020-2021 academic year;
  • Being engaged in building relationships with the community organization(s) including meeting with community partners as part of preparation, implementation and evaluation of the course;
  • Writing a short blog post for the Public Scholarship and Engagement blog within one year of the fellowship;
  • Presenting on their experience as an instructor of a community engaged learning course to their respective department/school and other faculty colleagues in at least one public setting within one year of the fellowship.

In turn, Public Scholarship and Engagement commits to:

  • Planning and facilitating the CEL Faculty Fellows program workshops;
  • Identifying readings and resources about the development of community-engaged learning courses;
  • Providing individual curricula consultation related to community-engaged learning course development;
  • Facilitating connections with community groups (as requested);
  • Assisting with the development of and publicity for public presentations (as requested).

Through these mutual commitments, the aim is to cultivate a cohort of engaged campus educators who will share their experiences and skills with colleagues after the program has concluded.

Partner Applications

Public Scholarship and Engagement encourages applicants to apply in collaboration with another faculty member. If applying as part of a pair, please indicate the name of your partner and their department on the application. If selected, each Fellow will receive the full stipend. Partners may either each enhance their own course, or work together on integrating a 2- or 3-class series. Developing a multipart class series can be especially beneficial given the short duration of the 10-week quarter system. 

If you are applying in collaboration with another faculty member, list their full name and department in the application. Please be sure your partner fills out their own application that also includes your name and department.

Program Acknowledgement

CEL Faculty Fellows that complete the program will receive a one-time award of $1,000 in an Academic Enrichment Fund (AEF). Fellows will receive the AEF award during the quarter the proposed course is taught. AEF guidelines are provided here.

Selection Criteria

Applications are reviewed by a panel of individuals with knowledge and experience in community engaged learning, in consultation with PSE staff. The selection criteria include a well-conceived and clearly defined rationale for including community engaged learning in the course (centrality of community engaged learning to course content, offering learning opportunities that could not take place within the classroom, etc.), and representation from across colleges and schools.