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Community-engaged Scholars Program

The Community-engaged Scholars Program is a voluntary professional learning opportunity offered to all graduate students from all disciplines in partnership with the VCU Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success (IES) and the Graduate School.

This self-paced opportunity is designed to:

  1. deepen students' understanding of community-engagement in higher education.
  2. provide a foundation knowledge base to increase representation of graduate student participation in community-engaged learning and research, and
  3. prepare future faculty as community-engaged scholars and practitioners.

For more information, contact Amanda Hall, Ph.D., at cenr@vcu.edu.

Masters graduate students

This program provides an in-depth introduction to best practices in community-engaged research (CEnR) through an Exposure-Experience-Expertise framework aimed to enhance students' roles as scholars and citizens. Masters students will receive a certificate of completion and digital badge upon completion of the program.

This is a zero-credit program and there is no tuition cost to participate but students must enroll in the program online.

Once enrolled, students must attend an “Introduction to Community Engagement in Higher Education” session before they will be eligible to complete the online portion of the program.  

Those eligible to complete the online portion of the program will be granted access to a self-paced Canvas course in which they must complete four modules including and one (1) co-curricular activity. Modules include:

  • What is CEnR?;
  • Collaborative Partnerships;
  • CEnR Approaches and Design; and
  • Dissemination and Translation of Findings

Co-curricular activities are collaboratively tailored to meet the learning objectives of each participant and may include (but are not limited to):

  • Conducting and analyzing an interview with a community-engaged scholar
  • Attending a workshop, discussion, presentation, etc., focused on community-engaged research 
  • Participating in a community-engaged research project

These modules and the required co-curricular experience should take approximately 25 hours total to complete, including the required reflections, and must be completed prior to the completion of your Master's degree to receive the digital badge and certificate of completion from the Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success (IES) and the Graduate School. 

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Doctoral graduate students

Doctoral students must be enrolled in the Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFF) to participate in the Community-engaged Scholars Program.

Doctoral students will receive a digital badge and certificate of completion upon their completion of Parts 1 and 2 of the Program and an opportunity to apply for a Graduate Civic Fellowship in partnership with the Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success (IES) and the Graduate School.

All PFF students will attend a GRAD 601 lecture on Community Engagement in Higher Education and complete the required readings and reflection assignment. (approx. 4 hours)

Only those students who have attended the Grad 601 Community-engaged Scholarship guest lecture may continue with the program.  

Enroll in the program online.

During enrollment, you will select the program track that best meets your needs as future faculty:

  • The Community-engaged Teaching and Learning Track OR
  • The Community-engaged Research Track 

Once you have selected your track, you will be granted access to a Canvas course in which you will be required to complete four track modules, including required reflections, and two co-curricular, experiential learning activities.

Community-engaged Teaching and Learning Track

Modules include:

  • Course Design;
  • Collaborative Partnerships;
  • Outcomes and Assessment; and
  • Reflection

Community-engaged Research Track

Modules include:

  • What is CEnR?;
  • Collaborative Partnerships;
  • CEnR Approaches and Design; and
  • Dissemination and Translation of Findings

Co-Curricular Track Requirements:

Co-curricular activities are collaboratively tailored to meet the learning objectives of each participant based on their current professional trajectory and field of study.

 

The modules for each track should take approximately 25 hours to complete and must be completed (in addition to two co-curriculars) prior to the completion of your PFF Program requirements to receive the digital badge and certificate of completion from the Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success (IES) and the Graduate School.

NOTE: You may complete both tracks, but not simultaneously. You will only be allowed to complete one track at a time.

After completing parts one and two, students may apply to become a Graduate Civic Fellow in either Community-engaged Teaching & Learning OR Community-engaged Research.

Fellows work under the supervision of expert scholars and practitioners and complete a variety of advanced tasks that parallel the work of community-engaged faculty scholars, including teaching or research, including (but not limited to networking, publication, curriculum, design/facilitation, etc.).

Upon completion of the Fellowship, students receive a $500 stipend and letter of support.

 

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