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Faculty Academy

Further knowledge and understanding about student engagement.

The Student Engagement Network Faculty Academy can help all faculty develop collaborative partnerships between students and the University, resulting in transformative experiences that complement student engagement and serve the greater good.
During each round of applications, selection is based on past scholarship opportunities, the expressed desire to deepen the knowledge of student engagement at the University, the quality of the proposal’s relevance to the future of student engagement, the ability to disseminate project information, and the applicant’s capacity to contribute as a leader or mentor in student engagement. To accomplish this goal, the academy is designed to:

  • sustain a community of scholars with common interests in student engagement;
  • provide resources and mentoring to support faculty who wish to incorporate student engagement into their curriculum;
  • encourage the development of a research agenda for student engagement at Penn State that can be broadly disseminated.

Academy Scholars have two-year appointments and are chosen to deepen campus-wide discourse, practice, and recognition of student engagement. Academy Fellows are one-year appointees and spend a portion of their time developing research, scholarship, creative accomplishments, and courses/curriculum involving student engagement.

Faculty Academy applications will open on November 13, 2019 and close on January 20, 2020.

Student engagement experiences are often the emerald of an education. If these are experiences of a lifetime, then we should start treating them — all of them — that way.

Nicholas Rowland

Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, Penn State Altoona


  • Advance knowledge about engaged scholarship at Penn State across the University
  • Strengthen engaged scholarship courses and experiences and/or contribute to research on engaged scholarship that can lead to sustainable opportunities for faculty and students
  • Cultivate faculty leadership for engaged scholarship
  • Recognize and enable the contributions of engaged scholarship faculty
  • Participate in assessment of student engagement effectiveness in comparison to Student Engagement Network outcomes


Faculty scholars should have experience in research about, and a commitment to, furthering knowledge and understanding about student engagement. Faculty fellows should have an interest in, or experience with, teaching or leading an engaged scholarship experience or program. Scholars and fellows should be willing to serve as a campus leader or mentor for engaged scholarship (includes co-teaching or partnering with another faculty member). They should also have an interest in being an active member of a community of practice for student engagement.

Selection Process

Five fellows will be selected to begin in 2018-19 (one one-year term). Faculty should submit a letter of intent along with an application form and proposed budget. This will be reviewed by the Faculty Advisory Group for the Faculty Academy for Engaged Scholarship.

Selection will be based on:

  • Quality and relevance of past engaged scholarship activities
  • Desire to deepen the campus-wide discourse, practice, and recognition of engaged scholarship at Penn State
  • Quality and relevance of proposal for future engaged scholarship activities
  • Capacity to disseminate information about the project to broader campus community
  • Capacity to contribute as a campus leader or mentor in engaged scholarship


Faculty scholars will have a two-year appointment and focus on research and public scholarship. Faculty fellows will have a one-year appointment and focus on developing models of engagement in courses and field work. Faculty scholars will receive a half-time buy out (salary and fringe) while faculty fellows will receive a stipend (three-week supplemental pay in summer) and project budget.

Both appointments will also:

  • Engage in regular meetings with Student Engagement Network leadership in an engaged scholarship community of practice
  • Document and share findings with Penn State community and other scholarly venues as appropriate
  • Submit a final report at the end of term to summarize project and findings

Faculty Awards

Awards Page

Interested in learning more about the work the current cohort of Faculty Academy fellows and scholars are doing? Click the button to read detailed project descriptions.