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The Office of Community Partnerships Faculty Fellows program supports faculty collaboraor groups to develop and integrate publically-engaged activities with teaching or scholarship for the public good. Each Faculty Fellow group, selected annually through a competitive applicatin and review process, receives up to $10,000 funding support to establish communities of practice that focus on existing and new partnerships and actively include community partners in their ongoing co-learning and co-production processes.

2020 Faculty Fellows Projects

  • The Well Being for Life and Learning in Nursing Project
  • Developing online resources and trainings on self-care for Catherine Place
  • Multilingual UX Community of Practice
  • Community-Engaged Pedagogy Community of Practice
  • ALAS: Adolescent Latinas Advancing Salud mental through Storytelling


Expected Activities and Outcomes:

  • Expand our circle of partnerships and build collaborative communities of faculty/staff/partners who work on shared interests.
  • Explore and develop theories and practices of community-engaged scholarship.
  • Gain an understanding of ethics and practices of sharing and co-creating public knowledge and disseminate the findings.
  • Experiment with expanding our collaboration with other institutions of higher learning in the region and beyond.
  • Expand the circle of community-engaged scholars.


The Faculty Fellows will be selected from an application pool of UW Tacoma faculty who:

  • Have an interest in current and future community engagement activities.
  • Have the ability to collaborate individually or in groups with faculty across disciplines and across the campus/university.
  • Are willing to organize and manage their respective communities of practice (e.g., organizing meetings, interacting with OCP staff as needed, etc.).

2020 Funding and Time Commitment:

  • Awards will be up to $10,000 for each faculty-collaborator group.
  • Applicants need to submit a budget and a brief justification of the itemized expenses.
  • Time commitment is 1 calendar year (beginning in January 2020). The 2020 OCP Faculty Fellow recipients will give a public presentation about the year’s activites in Autumn 2020.
  • Awards cannot be used for course releases.
  • Budgeted salaries must include benefits.  Note: Awards cannot be used for salary or excess compensation if the awardee is on a paid professional leave (e.g. sabbatical). Some exceptions apply; refer to UW Academic Affairs for policy on paid professional leave and excess compensation.
  • These are State funds, and must follow ALL UW spending policies and procedures.

2020 Application Process (no longer accepting applications):

  • Deadline for applications was 5:00pm on Monday, December 9, 2019. 
  • All applications will be reviewed in time for the 2020 calendar year.
  • Call for applications for future years will occur in September/October.
  • Applications should include:
    • Application form
    • Budget spreadsheet
    • Vice Chancellor or Dean approval
    • Department/unit budget coordinator approval



Q:  Can my project/activity have two faculty co-leaders who share the lead role?

A:  Yes.  Our criteria stipulates the need for at least one faculty lead for each project/activity.  However, there can be more than one if the project is structured in that way.  Remember, faculty collaborator groups need to identify and name the faculty lead(ers), plus other participating faculty/staff and community partners.  The application asks you to indentify one primary faculty member as a point of contact. 

Q:  Can the award funds be used to pay faculty?

A:  It depends on when the pay takes place (e.g. summer quarter or during regular academic year) and why compensation is justified for the project/activity.   We recommend that you contact OCP to discuss the details about this before you submit your application.  However, we encourage applicant groups to prepare their budget requests based on the type of support needed, whether it be as compensation or as reimbursement for approved expenses (e.g. travel, materials, training, supplies, etc.).

Q:  Do I have to have experience with community engagement and partnership development in order to apply?

A:  No.  We encourage applications for projects from faculty collaborator groups to are interested in developing their projects/activies with community partners.  The intent of the program is to foster and support new or continuing community engaged projects. 

Q:  Who should I contact if I have questions?

A:  If you need help filling out your application or budget, or have questions, please email ocp@uw.edu or call 253-692-4527.  You can also contact any OCP staff and faculty directly.

Q:  How will the award decisions be made?

A:  OCP will have a selection committee consisting 3-4 faculty & 1-2 staff members who will review each complete application in full and meet as a committee to discuss each application.  Selection committee members will base its decisions on the stated award criteria and qualifications.

Q:  Can faculty from othe UW campuses be a part of the faculty collaborator groups? 

A:  Yes, but the lead faculty member + one other faculty member need to be from UW Tacoma.