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 for Public Service (MCPS) 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
In this program, Morgridge Fellows are expected to participate in the following activities:
- Attend monthly 90-minute seminars from September 2018 to May 2019 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. Meeting times will be scheduled once the cohort has been selected and a common weekday time is found.
- Attend at least one individual consultation with MCPS staff to discuss individual plans
- Attend the CES Speaker event featuring a nationally known expert in the CES field, and pre-event dinner exclusively for participants in the Fellows program
- Share Morgridge Fellows experience with future Fellows
- Be willing to share Morgridge Fellows experience with a broader audience (e.g. Teaching and Learning Symposium, Bagels and Research series, etc.)
Interested applicants should copy the questions below to a word document and send their application to Beth Tryon, Assistant Director for Community-Engaged Scholarship, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Beth can also answer any questions about the program.
- Email address:
- Position title
- Department Chair:
- Please describe your experience or familiarity with community-engaged teaching, research, or service (note – experience with community-engaged scholarship is not required). Please include, as appropriate, community-based learning courses taught, community-based research projects, and any other community-engaged academic work.
- Describe why you would like to be a Morgridge Fellow, including your specific goals for this program (e.g. teaching an engaged course, developing a community-based research project, etc.)?
- How will you continue engaging with the community after the completion of this fellowship?
- How will you continue supporting engaged scholarship after the completion of this fellowship?