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Cornell University

David M. Einhorn Center for
Community Engagement

An integration of the Public Service Center and
the Office of Engagement Initiatives

Kaplan Family Distinguished Faculty Fellowship

Profile Picture of Jon McKenzie
Jon McKenzie, 2020 winner, researches and teaches media and design in Cornell University's Department of English and is also faculty affiliate of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research.
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Sandra Babcock, 2020 winner, is a Professor of Clinical Law at Cornell Law School, where she teaches doctrinal and clinical courses on human rights, gender, and inequality.

The Kaplan Family Distinguished Faculty Fellowship recognizes the importance of the national movement in higher education for greater involvement in civic engagement. Two faculty members, who are having a significant impact on undergraduate, professional, or graduate education at Cornell by involving their students in challenging community-engaged learning programs, will be given a $5,000 award to enable them to further develop an ongoing community-based learning/research project, to initiate a new effort, or to seek institutionalization of a community-engaged learning course. Nominees/applicants must be full-time Cornell faculty members and be able to demonstrate involvement in public scholarship in their nomination/application. Faculty members may apply on their own or be nominated.

Application Information

Applications due: Monday, April 4, 2022

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Completed Applications Include:

  • A cover page including applicant name, title, department/affiliation, proposal title and abstract.

  • A maximum 3-page proposal letter outlining what you intend to accomplish as a Kaplan Fellow. Your proposal may involve undertaking a community-engaged learning course enhancement, enhancing your current course proposal, or undertaking a community-based research or action research project. The proposal should document how your project engages the community, adds value to the particular community, and involves community partners in aspects of its planning and implementation. Your proposal should demonstrate sustained ways that the project will impact, shape or enhance the community-engaged learning teaching and/or research agenda of your department.
  • A copy of the faculty's vitae emphasizing evidence of engagement with community-engaged learning pedagogy or public scholarship.
  • Support letter from the community partner.
  • Support letter from the chair of your department.

Learn about past fellows.