Faculty Fellows for the Public Good


The Center for Engagement, Service and the Public Good was established in January 2014 to link students with their community through civic learning, applied research, and student success initiatives. The Center’s mission is to be a hub for service learning that leads transformation and catalyzes the lives of our students and neighbors.

The Faculty Fellows for the Public Good program is intended to encourage and promote engaged scholarship and interdisciplinary interaction around the central theme of the University and the public good. Engaged scholarship redefines faculty scholarly work from application of academic expertise to community engaged scholarship that involves the faculty member in a reciprocal partnership with the community, is interdisciplinary, and integrates faculty roles of teaching, research, and service. Engaged scholarship is defined by the collaboration between academics and individuals outside the academy – “knowledge professionals” and the lay public – for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. It seeks to facilitate a more active and engaged democracy by bringing affected communities into problem‐ solving work in ways that advance the public good with and not just for the public.

Engaged scholarship as a part of Cal State L.A.’s Faculty Fellows for the Public Good may include, but is not limited to:

  • Service Learning;

  • Community-based participatory research;

  • Contributions to professional associations that serve practitioners in addition to academics within the profession/professional association;

  • Other forms of research, teaching or service that are conducted with and benefit the community. 

2014-2015 Theme: Civic Learning and the Public Good

The theme for the inaugural Faculty Fellows program in 2014‐2015 will be Civic Learning and the Public Good. The Faculty Fellows program will support the research of three full‐time faculty members by providing four units of assigned time (summer salary) during Summer 2014 to engage in dialogue with fellow scholars, research, write, and lecture. The program will be piloted in AY 2014‐ 2015 and the first Fellows will be selected before the end of Winter 2014. Faculty fellows must attend one organizational meeting in Spring 2014 with the expectation that their primary work and research will take place during the Summer. Papers and presentations/lectures will take place in 2015. 


  • Fellows will attend four meetings as scheduled during the summer to engage each other in scholarly dialogue regarding their research projects;

  • Develop a clearly defined plan for their research deliverables, including but not limited to:

  • Deliver one public lecture during the academic year

  • ​​​Reports or generation of data for communities or practitioners

  • Papers for publications

  • Public policy briefs

  • Presentations/lectures at national conferences or community forums

  • Development of programs for practitioners or agencies

  • Deliver one public lecture during the academic year


  • Clearly defined subject of study, including identification of the issue and appropriate methods to carry out the study within the award period. 

  • Expected outcomes of the proposal (research, publications, lectures, and/or presentations) are clearly outlined. 

  • Clear explanation of how results of research will be shared, utlizing both traditional and community-based opportunities and outlets. 

  • The project seeks to involve community stakeholders (i.e. as research partners, problem solvers, advisors, responders, recipients, or in the dissemination of evidence)

  • The applicant will be able to achieve the expected outcome(s) described in the proposal within the proposed award period.

  • The applicant has a track record of community engaged research.

  • The proposal makes a convincing case for the significance and importance of the study or research.

  • The research will add to the field. 

  • The research will benefit a clearly defined community.

  • The proposal advances the discourse of "public good."

  • The applicant is a full-time Cal State L.A. faculty member. 

Evaluation of Proposals

​Proposals will be reviewed by a selection team including the Director of the Center for Engagement, Service and the Public Good; Dean of Undergraduate Studies; Associate Vice Provost, the Director of the Office of Service Learning, and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning.