The Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning will award up to three Community-based Research Faculty Fellowships for the 2015-2016 academic year. Each Fellow receives a $3,000 stipend, a funded research assistant for three consecutive terms, and financial support to present at an academic conference in the U.S. Indirect costs are not awarded.
Fellowship can be proposed by any full-time DePaul University faculty member who seeks to conduct research in partnership with one or more community-based organization and who incorporates undergraduate and/or graduate student research linked to a course (minimum 1 course during the fellowship year). All projects must in some way aim at improving the quality of life for residents of Chicago and must be driven by the interests of one or more DePaul community partner. Fellowship applications are encouraged from any topic area. The call for proposal will be distributed during Winter Quarter.
The 2017 call for proposals has ended.
Example: CbR Faculty Fellow Lisa Dush - 2011-2012
Lisa Dush is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse at DePaul University, where she teaches courses in new media studies and professional writing. Much of Lisa's teaching and research is built around efforts to partner students with Chicago-area nonprofit organizations, to together develop and deploy new media projects. During academic year 2011-2012, Lisa Dush initiated a research project designed to explore how personal, digital stories can prompt social action. Dr. Dush and her students partnered with Chicago International Charter School (CICS) and created a Digital Stories in Organizations Workshop in which students taught school parents and teachers how to produce digital stories that express their values about and priorities for education.
In December 2014, Dush published the article “Building the Capacity of Organizations for Rhetorical Action with New Media: An Approach to Service Learning” in Computers and Composition: An International Journal. The article describes two service-learning courses that Dush teaches at DePaul. She articulates a pedagogy of teaching students and nonprofit staff side-by-side, so that the students learn about the challenges of telling organizational stories in nonprofit settings, and nonprofit staff members build skills and know-how that will allow them to produce their own media in the future. The article explores how organizations can integrate new technologies into their work and how universities can play a role in helping organizations and their staff to learn and to evaluate these technologies.
Dush notes "this project is a small but important part of my larger research agenda, which explores how nonprofit and public sector organizations can responsibly and sustainably use new media stories and storytelling in their work. Right now, I’m working on a project that organizes and shares the range of cause-based storytelling via an online database, at storiesthatwork.org.”
For more information on the CbR fellowship, contact Jeffrey Howard.