Community Based Learning and Research

CBLR Fellowship

Initiative for Community-Based Learning and Research Faculty and Staff Fellowship

Project Overview and Goals
The Initiative for Community-Based Learning and Research Faculty and Staff Fellowship program is designed to promote and support faculty and staff development of community-based scholarship and creates pathways for students to deepen their community engagement within academic structures.

The purpose of this program is to enhance significantly the capacity of UW Bothell faculty and staff to offer courses, facilitate programs, and conduct research that directly engages the university with communities in ways that are valued by the community and the academy. Fellows will join a supportive faculty and staff learning community as they create or extend community-based work in courses or professional practice, conduct innovative research, and participate in strategic planning for the next steps in support of community-based learning and research at UW Bothell.

Applicants associated with all academic and administrative programs are encouraged to apply to participate. The fellowship program is open to faculty and staff at all stages of CBLR development.

Former CBLR Fellows may apply to the program again 2 years after concluding a previous fellowship.  Former CBLR Fellows should be explicit in their applications about how they will build upon prior work or experience in a subsequent fellowship year.

Fellows are required to participate in six regularly scheduled meetings throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. The goal of these meetings is to create an active CBLR learning community where we discuss the development of individual projects, best practices in CBLR, and strategies to strengthen community engagement efforts across campus. Your work will be showcased at the Faculty Recognition event in May, 2018, and all Fellows will submit an artifact (e.g., syllabus, manuscript draft, lesson plan, etc.) for the CBLR Fellows Archive.

CBLR Fellows will receive $1000 in spending authority for their successful participation in the Fellowship program. Funds may be used to support their Fellow project or other scholarly practice.

How to Apply
Please submit a brief application that describes your prior experience with CBLR, your current project or goal for the CBLR year (including a description of your partners), and address (at least 3 of the 6) following guiding questions. How will your participation as a CBLR Fellow…:

1. Enhance your individual or collaborative research (if applicable)? This may include community-based research and/or scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) that focuses on community-based practices.

2. Enliven your course(s) and/or professional practice, resulting in enhanced student learning?

3. Assist your community partners in achieving their goals?

4. Support the university-wide commitment to equity and diversity?

5. Contribute to the CBLR Fellow learning community?

6. Build capacity for other UWB faculty and staff to participate in community-engaged teaching and research? We are especially committed to supporting CBLR in Schools and contexts where it is a less common innovation (e.g., first year courses, writing courses, capstone courses).

Applications must include all of the following:

1. Basic information: (a) name, (b) department/program, (c) contact information, (d) Name and contract information of supervisor (Dean or Director).

2. Overview of your interest in becoming a CBLR Fellow (250 word max).

3. Your proposed project or goal for the CBLR year (including a description of your partners or partners you hope to cultivate) (250 word max).

4. A response to at least three of the six (above listed) guiding questions of the CBLR Fellowship (750 words maximum).

5. Short CV (3 pages maximum)

Applications should be submitted to Kara Adams at by Friday, June 30, 2017 deadline.

Applications received after that date will be considered on an individual basis if fellowships are still available.

The CBLR Steering Committee will select applicants based on the six guiding questions above. Please refer to the application evaluation rubric. Applicants associated with all academic and administrative programs are encouraged to apply.

Previous Curriculum
Last year's curriculum: 2016-2017 Fellows Curriculum

For more information, contact Kara Adams (

The scholarship of engagement means connecting the rich resources of the university to our most pressing social, civic and ethical problems, to our children, to our schools, to our teachers and to our cities... Ernest Boyer