NC Campus Compact Engaged Faculty Scholars Program 

North Carolina Campus Compact is offering a unique opportunity for faculty interested in public scholarship, engagement and service-learning. Annually two individuals from the NC Campus Compact network will be selected to serve a one-year term. The program supports the integration of service-learning and community engagement in teaching, research, and service.

Now Accepting Applications! 

Learn more  |   Deadline: May 17

Announcing the 2018-2019 Scholars:

Dr. Jennifer Ahern-Dodson, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Writing Studies, Duke University

As an Engaged Faculty Scholar, Ahern-Dodson will work to develop a faculty writing network in order to support community-engaged scholarship at Duke. The project will include a scholarly writing retreat that will be open to faculty from other colleges and universities in the Triangle, as well as writing groups and a publication workshop. The project will be designed to help faculty reflect on and share community-engaged learning and research.

In her proposal, Ahern-Dodson explains the need for such connection among engaged scholars:

"Community often runs counter to the concept of the academy, which typically positions writers in isolation (scribbling alone in the attic) and often creates sharp distinctions between scholarly writing and teaching. For publicly engaged faculty, this can be particularly challenging because teaching, research, and service are not so easily divided. We seek, instead, to integrate these dimensions of our work."


Dr. Rebecca Dumlao, Professor of Communication, East Carolina University

For her Engaged Faculty Scholars project, Dr. Dumlao will design a semester-long, graduate level course- "“Health Communication and Community Engagement." She explains:

"The project would allow me to focus much more on graduate students, many already living and working in North Carolina communities. The ECU graduate students taking the class would work collaboratively with community partners to address a community health-related issue, potentially serving as a model for service-learning and community engagement with other graduate programs on campus."

Dumlao received the Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award in 2013. Her forthcoming book — A Guide to Collaborative Communication for Service-Learning and Community Engagement Partners — applies communication scholarship to the field of community engagement.

Learn more about the 2018-19 Scholars here

Scholars News

On April 21, the 2016-17 scholars facilitated an Engaged Faculty Institute at their cohort's partner campus, Davidson County Community College. Fourteen DCCC faculty and administrators attended this half-day gathering. The Engaged Faculty Institute allows faculty and instructors to engage in dialogue around student-centered, experiential learning that enhances classroom learning while addressing community needs.  Learn more

March 23 - 24, 2017, at the Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Through Higher Education in Greensboro, NC, Dr. Kozma presented on "How Does Socioeconomic Status Affect Student Achievement of Service Learning Outcomes? A Case Study". She was joined by her colleagues Dr. Joe Blosser and Dr. Alixandra Yanus. Dr. Annie Jonas, 2015-16 Scholar, presented on "Launching a Civic Identity in the First Year Seminar."
On February 17, 2017, Dr. Kozma, gave a presentation, "Teaching for Equity: The Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Service," during the Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference in St. Petersburg, FL. She shared the results of a survey of service learning students, which shows that middle income students reported more modest gains than upper and lower income students. The highest gains came among upper-middle and upper income students.
On April 14, 2016, the 2015 Faculty Engaged Scholars presented at the Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Through Higher Education in Savannah, GA. Dr. Oliphant facilitated an interactive workshop with Kelly Misiak (Pfeiffer University) on "The Nuts and Bolts of Building a Meaningful Service-Learning Core for the First-Year."  Dr. Oliphant and Dr. Jonas, with Brooke Millsaps (Warren Wilson College) and Kelly Misiak, served on a panel discussing "Community Engagement and First Year Students: Exploring Initiatives that Deepen Impact." (Photo: L to R. Brooke Millsaps, Annie Jonas, Kelly Misiak, and Ashley Oliphant.)

Previous Scholars


Dr. Jacquelyn Lee, Assistant Professor of Social Work, UNC Wilmington
More about Dr. Lee's selection.

Dr. Elizabeth ("Beth") Wall-Bassett, Associate Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics, Western Carolina
More about Dr. Wall-Bassett's selection.

Learn more about the 2017-18 Scholars.


Dr. Maggie Commins, Associate Professor of Political Science, Queens University of Charlotte
News article on Commins's selection

Dr. Cara Kozma, Assistant Professor of English, High Point University
News article on Kozma's selection

Read more about the 2016-17 Scholars


Dr. Annie Jonas, Professor and Chair of the Education Department, Warren Wilson College
Bio    News article about Dr. Jonas' selection

Dr. Ashley Oliphant,  Associate Professor of English, Pfeiffer University
Bio    News article about Dr. Oliphant's selection

Program Goals

  • Promote and deepen the scholarship of engagement at his/her own institution
  • Assist in building the infrastructure for faculty engagement on another NC Campus Compact member institution

Each Scholar is expected to work toward these two goals. At the end of the program year each Scholar will share resources and materials with North Carolina Campus Compact to assist others in the network.

Goal One: Promote and Deepen the Scholarship of Engagement at Scholars Own Institution

The Scholar can fulfill this expectation in at least one of the following ways:

  • Develop or enhance an academic service-learning course component.  The service-learning must be a new integration or for a new class.
  • Conduct a community-based applied or participatory research project.
  • Form a new community-campus partnership or expand a current partnership. We are especially interested in ideas that build or increase the depth of the partnership. 
  • Design and implement a plan to enhance public scholarship as a legitimate and rigorous form of scholarly work on campus.
  • Promote the use of service-learning as a teaching pedagogy by facilitating professional development.
  • Create or build upon civic engagement initiatives on campus.
  • Conduct research on the impact of service-learning/community engagement/public scholarship on participants (students, faculty, community partners).

Goal Two: Assist in building the infrastructure for faculty engagement on another NC Campus Compact member institution

  • Provide technical assistance to a member institution (identified by NC Campus Compact) that is in the early stages of promoting the scholarship of engagement to include, but not limited to:
  • At least two in-person consultations
  • Regular correspondence (phone and/or email) throughout the year 

Other opportunities for engagement are available throughout the program year.  Participation in these opportunities is not required but encouraged.

Program Benefits

Each Scholar will receive the following compensation after successful completion of the program:

  • Financial stipend of $1500
  • Up to $500 travel reimbursement for visiting the partner institution (the mileage reimbursement rate is .555 per mile)
  • Up to $500 for professional development (e.g. conference or training attendance support)  
  • At least one free civic engagement publication

Colleges and universities are encouraged to provide a match of cash, course release, and/or other resources and recognition.

Terms and Conditions

The stipend will be given at the conclusion of the program, upon fulfillment of program expectations.

North Carolina Campus Compact will ask for a report at the end of the program period that will be posted on our website (along with other provided materials) and used as a resource for future Faculty Scholars. 

Program Eligibility

This program is only open to faculty from North Carolina Campus Compact member institutions. This is a competitive application process.  Faculty who demonstrate that their scholarship is responsive to community need, with the potential to establish long-term benefits to North Carolinians, will receive preference. Two individuals will be selected annually. 

Desired qualities in nominees:

  • History of engaged teaching or scholarship
  • A desire for new learning about service and engaged scholarship
  • An interest in working with faculty at other institutions in the state
  • The capacity to effectively communicate and disseminate the results of their research and engaged scholarship to public, academic, and external audiences
  • Commitment to actively participate in the program 

Program Timeline 

  • Application released: 1st week in March 
  • Application Deadline: 2rd week in May
  • Acceptance Notification: 1st week in June 
  • Program Period: July 1 to June 30


Contact Leslie Garvin, Executive Director, with any questions, (336) 278-7278.