HCN-Morgridge Fellows

Morgridge Fellows Program

The purpose of the Morgridge Fellows program is to further institutionalize and support community-engaged scholarship at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Community-engaged Scholarship (CES) is defined as: teaching, research, and scholarly activities that are performed in equitable, mutually beneficial collaboration with communities and community members to fulfill campus and community objectives.

Morgridge Fellow applicants are not required to have extensive previous experience with CES, but they should be interested in participating in the academic discourse around community-engaged scholarship and be committed to furthering their own community-engaged teaching, research, and/or service while supporting the public mission of UW–Madison. Fellows will receive a stipend of $1,500. The stipend can be used for conference attendance, resource materials, or other professional development activities relevant to furthering understanding of CES.

In the Morgridge Fellows program, faculty and instructional staff will work with Morgridge Center academic staff and guest speakers from both faculty and community partner perspectives to develop a learning community with the following objectives:

  • Develop a more robust understanding of CES
  • Learn how to build and maintain mutually beneficial community-university relationships
  • Learn how to plan and implement a sustainable community-based learning course or community-based research project
  • Serve as an ambassador for CES in their department, across campus, and/or in their discipline(s)
  • Act as a resource for other faculty, staff, students, and community partners interested in CES

Contact Assistant Director for Community-Engaged Scholarship Haley Madden: hmadden@wisc.edu

  • Attend monthly 90-minute seminars on the second Monday of the month from 12-1:30pm from September 2024 to May 2025 with their cohort to discuss readings, develop new courses or add community-based learning to an existing course, plan community-based research projects, or work on other CES activities.
  • Attend monthly two-hour seminars from September 2024 thru May 2025.
  • Attend at least one individual consultation with Morgridge Center staff to discuss individual plans.
  • Be willing to share Morgridge Fellows experience with a broader audience (e.g. Teaching and Learning Symposium, Bagels and Research series, etc.), including acting as a champion for CES in department and discipline.
  • As able, attend two TBD community-building events, one each semester.
  • This has opened possibilities for collaboration either with myself, or with colleagues with whom I share this information, which will facilitate future community-engaged work.
  • The Morgridge Fellows gave me the words and the research to better explain the benefits of community-engaged scholarship. It helped me “defend” that work when necessary and to advocate for that work even when it wasn’t necessary.
  • I leave with a renewed commitment to this work and the ability to do it better than before.
  • I wish every class and every instructor had the opportunity to take part in this program or one like it. Our students and our community would benefit greatly from more of this type of scholarship and outreach.