Wagner College Faculty Civic Fellowship Application


The Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (CLCE) invites all Wagner faculty members, including adjunct/contingent faculty, to apply for funded fellowships intended to advance the college's commitment to the civic and democratic purposes of higher education.

Five competitive awards will support Port Richmond Partnership Fellows. Port Richmond Partnership Fellows are full-time faculty committed to connecting their teaching and research to Wagner's Port Richmond Partnership (PRP) in one of five existing focus areas. These are:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Education & College Readiness
  • Immigration & Advocacy
  • Economic Development
  • Health & Wellness*

*Note that Fellowship funds for the Health & Wellness pillar come from a special “Healthy Neighborhoods” grant. PRP Fellows in the Health & Wellness pillar must be willing to participate in the Healthy Neighborhoods program.  Prospective applicants should contact the CLCE for more information.

Port Richmond Partnership Fellows will receive $2,000 plus an additional $500 that will support a student research assistant. Additional support will come from the PRP community partners and Bonner Leaders, some of whom will be assigned to support specific Partnership areas.

Two competitive awards will support Wagner Civic Fellows. These awards are available to all full- and part-time faculty and will be in amounts between $750 and $2,000, depending on the proposal. Applicants can propose an arc of work that will occur within a course in either the fall 2017 or spring 2018 semesters, or work that will transpire over the course of the full 2017-18 academic year. The CLCE is specifically interested in supporting:

  • Proposals to create a new Port Richmond Partnership pillar in the area of environmental sustainability;
  • New or existing engagement initiatives on Staten Island, in New York City, or internationally that give Wagner students opportunities for advanced research or creative activity;
  • New or existing courses (Fall 2017 or Spring 2018) dedicated to advancing a 21st century civic education. Applicants in this category should feel free to imagine broadly. Proposals might include ideas for:
    • Advancing the idea of "civic professionalism," by developing pedagogical strategies at the "intersection of formal knowledge, practical skill development, and a commitment to the common good."
    • Developing courses that align the work of civic engagement with the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
    • Deepening student understanding of an issue by using technology to connect with students and educators nationally or internationally;
    • Co-teaching all or part of a course with one or more community partners, or including one or more guest speakers from beyond higher education to supplement course material.


All awardees will be required to submit a written report no later than July 1, 2018. All awardees will also be required to participate in a one-day retreat prior to the start of fall 2017 classes, on a date to be determined.

Port Richmond Partner Fellows have other obligations connected to the Port Richmond Partnership. These are:

  • Naming and working closely with an undergraduate research assistant;
  • Attending monthly PRP meetings and chairing the sub-committee related to one’s disciplinary focus area;
  • Meeting regularly throughout the academic year with the Dean for Civic Engagement and/or Director of the CLCE to discuss progress and concerns;
  • Presenting aspects of the year’s work, with the undergraduate assistant, at Wagner’s spring 2018 IMPACT Civic Summit.

For more information, or for assistance thinking through your application, please contact Dr. Kevin Bott, Dean for Civic Engagement; or Arlette Cepeda, Director of the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement.