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Faculty for the Engaged Campus

Press Release
Intended Outcomes
Leadership Team
Faculty Development Charrette
Faculty Development Funding
Online Faculty Database
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Related Resources
For More Information


This national initiative of CCPH in partnership with the University of Minnesota and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill aims to strengthen community-engaged career paths in the academy by developing innovative competency-based models of faculty development, facilitating peer review and dissemination of products of community-engaged scholarship, and supporting community-engaged faculty through the promotion and tenure process. It is supported by a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) in the US Department of Education.

Faculty for the Engaged Campus builds on the work of the Community-Engaged Scholarship for Health Collaborative, a FIPSE-funded group of health professional schools that have been working together to build capacity for community-engaged scholarship on their campuses and among their peers nationally.

NEW The March 2012 Vol. 16 No. 1 issue of the peer-reviewed, open access Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement includes 7 papers from the Faculty for the Engaged Campus initiative and 3 papers from a related conference.


Community-engaged learning and research are gaining recognition and legitimacy in higher education. The critical issue facing colleges and universities today is how do we institutionalize and sustain them as core values and practices? Having a cadre of faculty with the commitment and competencies to link their scholarship with communities is central to answering this question.

Faculty for the Engaged Campus seeks to address these persistent challenges:

  • There are few professional development pathways for those who seek community-engaged careers in the academy
  • Peer reviewers in a given faculty member's discipline or profession who can understand and assess the rigor, quality and impact of their CES are not readily identifiable
  • There is no accepted method or vehicle for peer reviewing, publishing and disseminating products of CES that are in forms other than journal articles (e.g., technical reports, resource guides, handbooks, policy briefs, etc.)
  • There are no clearly defined or accepted roles for community partners in the faculty development, review, promotion or tenure process.

Intended Outcomes

Faculty for the Engaged Campus aims to achieve these outcomes over a three-year period (2007-2010):

  • Twenty universities, in collaboration with their community partners, will design innovative competency-based models of CES faculty development and six will have implemented, evaluated and disseminated them
  • Community-engaged faculty members will regularly submit products of CES to for peer review, publication and dissemination
  • Community-engaged faculty members being considered for promotion and/or tenure, provosts, deans and department chairs will routinely consult our searchable online database for mentors and portfolio reviewers
  • Partnerships will be in place with national professional associations to facilitate ongoing use of and support for both and the faculty database.
  • "Peer" in CES will be redefined to include community partners.

Leadership Team

Director: Sarena Seifer, Executive Director, CCPH and Research Associate Professor of Public Health, University of Washington

Co-Directors: Lynn Blanchard, Director, Carolina Center for Public Service, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill & Cathy Jordan, Director, Children, Youth, and Family Consortium, University of Minnesota

Deputy Director: Piper McGinley, Associate Director, CCPH

Evaluator: Sherril Gelmon, Professor of Public Health, Portland State University

Faculty Development Charrette

In January 2008, we released a Call for Applications to participate in a faculty development charrette from May 28-30, 2008 in Chapel Hill, NC. A charrette is an intensely focused multi-day session that uses a collaborative approach to create realistic and achievable designs. Charrettes have mainly been used in architecture, urban planning and community design projects. In our case, we will convene campus teams, project leadership and expert advisors to collaboratively design innovative models of CES faculty development.

Over 100 applications were received for the 20 available slots. Each application was assessed by three reviewers, with geographic and institutional diversity considered in the final selections.

Click here for a press release announcing the twenty colleges and universities that will be participating in the charrette.

Click here for a summary of reviewer comments on applications that were not selected.

Click here to read an article about the charrette

Click here for the charrette agenda, presentations and handouts.

Click here for an article about the outcomes of the charrette from the March 2012 Community-Engaged Scholarship theme issue of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement

Faculty Development Funding

In January 2009, six universities received funds to design, implement and evaluate innovative community-engaged faculty development programs. Each funded institution received $15,000 over a two year period. The funded institutions are listed below in alphabetical order. Brief descriptions of their programs appear in the attached press release.

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Northwestern University, Evanston and Chicago, IL
Ohio University, Athens, OH
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

The six institutions were among twenty that attended the May 2008 charrette to design campus-wide, competency-based models of faculty development that support community-engaged careers in the academy. Institutions participating in the charrette were invited to submit proposals to implement and evaluate their designs. Each proposal was assessed by three reviewers, including community partners.

Funded sites will share progress and address challenges through conference calls and meetings, access technical assistance facilitated by the Faculty for the Engaged Campus leadership team and consultants, and participate in an evaluation of the process and impact of their programs. Click here for a synthesis and analysis of the grantees' first progress report, covering January 1, 2009 - April 30, 2009.

The March 2012 Community-Engaged Scholarship theme issue of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement includes articles from four of the funded sites.

One challenge for community-engaged scholars is the lack of mechanisms for peer review and dissemination of products of community-engaged scholarship that go beyond manuscripts published in journals. A team of community and academic advisors has developed such a mechanism, known as peer reviews and publishes such products as documentaries, training manuals, policy briefs, curricula, Powerpoint presentations and a variety of other products that result from health-related community-engaged research, teaching and service. Users of are able to search the portal for products and resources using keyword searches and browsing within categories.

Click here to read the November 3, 2009 press release announcing

Click here to access the audiofile and handouts from the June 16, 2010 CCPH conference call, " Publishing Diverse Products of Community-Engaged Scholarship."

Click here to submit products, search for products, and apply to be a peer reviewer.

Click here to read peer-reviewed journal articles written about

Online Faculty Database

Graduate students, post-docs and faculty members who seek community-engaged careers in the academy can face a number of institutional challenges to achieving their goals. With few established mentoring and career development programs in place, community-engaged scholars are often left to piece together their own with little guidance or support. Building a portfolio for promotion and tenure review can be daunting for those focusing on CES, particularly when review committees and external reviewers are not familiar with this form of scholarship. Without a system in place to easily identify reviewers who understand CES and can assess its quality and impact, community-engaged faculty may be inadequately or unfairly reviewed. The consequences are real for communities engaged in the work, as Freeman, Gust and Aloshen illustrate in their paper, Why Faculty Promotion and Tenure Matters to Community Partners.

The CCPH Online Database of Faculty Mentors & Portfolio Reviewers is intended to help address these challenges. The database is designed to be used by community-engaged graduate students, post-docs and faculty who are searching for faculty mentors and by deans, department chairs and others seeking external experts to review portfolios of community-engaged faculty being considered for reappointment, promotion and/or tenure. The database can be searched by keyword, faculty rank, tenure status, discipline/profession, gender, state, country, race/ethnicity, methodological approaches and areas of experience.

Faculty members in the database are selected because of their experience as community-engaged scholars and their commitment to supporting those supporting others who aspire to join them. All have agreed to voluntarily serve as mentors and/or portfolio reviewers. In addition to demographic and biographical information, each entry includes career planning advice and tips for preparing a strong portfolio.

Click here to read the March 25, 2010 press release announcing the database.

Click here to search for mentors and portfolio reviewers, or to apply to be listed in the database.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about the faculty development charrette component of the initiative. This document is updated periodically. If you have a question that is not answered here, please email it to

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about community-engaged scholarship. These were developed by the Community-Engaged Scholarship for Health Collaborative. If you have a question that is not answered here, please email it to

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about

Related Resources

Visit these CCPH webpages for related resources:

Community-Engaged Scholarship
Community-Engaged Scholarship Toolkit
Commission on Community-Engaged Scholarship in the Health Professions
Community-Engaged Scholarship for Health Collaborative
Community-Engaged Scholarship Listserv
Engaged Institutions Initiative

For More Information

You may send questions, comments, citations or full-text materials by e-mail or by mail: UW Box 354809, Seattle, WA 98195-4809.

Powerpoint slides and handouts from Faculty for the Engaged Campus presentations are posted on CCPH's past presentations webpage.

Seven papers from the Faculty for the Engaged Campus initiative appear in the March 2012 Vol. 16 No. 1 issue of the peer-reviewed, open access Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.

To receive periodic initiative updates and announcements, join the Community-Engaged Scholarship listserv. This electronic discussion group provides a venue for sharing information and resources concerning the academic review and reward system for faculty involved in community based participatory research, service-learning and other forms of community-engaged scholarship.

For additional information, please contact Piper McGinley.


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