The Faculty Fellows program has been temporarily suspended. Check back in spring 2017 for updates!

Intentional, learning-focused community engagement

The Faculty Fellows Program is an opportunity for new and experienced service-learning practitioners to participate in the collaborative design of intentional, learning-focused community engagement opportunities. The program includes support for instructional faculty who are developing or significantly revising courses or curricular programs utilizing a community-based service learning pedagogy.

During the two-year program, VT Engage will support the design of high quality service-learning and community engagement experiences. Faculty Fellows will collaborate with community organizations to create or enhance mutually beneficial partnerships, build assessment strategies for student learning and community outcomes, and serve as community engagement ambassadors to the Virginia Tech community. Fellows will present their work products to peers and engage with broader scholarly and practitioner audiences. The current VT Engage Faculty Fellows program period is May 2017 to May 2019.


This application is currently closed. Fellows have been selected for the 2017-19 program period.

  • The VT Engage Faculty Fellows Program is open to any full-time, qualified instructional faculty member at Virginia Tech. Proposed courses may be at the undergraduate or graduate level. 
  • Applications will be accepted from individual faculty members or faculty teams. Interdisciplinary teams and teams from single departments are encouraged to apply. Teams proposals should create community-based learning experiences across course sequences or curricula.
  • Graduate students may not apply to be part of the fellows program. Previous VT Engage Faculty Fellows are ineligible for this cycle of awards.


  • Focused Investment: Individual faculty or faculty teams may receive up to $12,500 per new course or $8,000 per existing course in support of the development process.
  • Partnership Development: Fellows will have designated time to invest in local, regional, or global partnerships to create mutually beneficial service-learning programs. Fellows will have access to VT Engage’s networks of community collaborators and can develop or enhance existing relationships with government and nonprofit partners.
  • Learning Community: Fellows will have opportunities to seek feedback and support from a growing body of faculty with expertise in all aspects of experiential learning, community engagement, and service programs. This diverse community can provide assistance as fellows strengthen courses, test innovative pedagogies, and collaborate on projects to advance the scholarship of engagement, teaching, and learning. 
  • Increased Visibility: VT Engage will showcase the community-based work of each fellow or team at key points during the project lifecycle.