Community Learning Faculty Fellows (CLiFF)

We invite newer faculty to join our first cohort of Community Learning Faculty Fellows (CLiFF). Between 4-6 fellows will receive a $1,000 stipend to participate in four one-hour meetings during the academic year to discuss and design a Community Learning component to be taught in one of their upcoming courses. Eligibility is open to first-year and second-year faculty on tenure-track or multi-year visiting appointments.

At Trinity, we define Community Learning as an experiential component that builds connections between your students, your course, and people in the Hartford area. It involves collaborative partnerships that benefit all parties, and perspective-building relationships to deepen and extend liberal arts learning. We typically support 25 courses per semester, with offerings from nearly all departments and programs over the last several years. Read more about community learning and view a wide range of course descriptions.

Apply by Wednesday August 15th, 2018 at 4pm by sending your CLiFF proposal, no more than two pages, via email attachment to Associate Director Megan Hartline. Be sure to include:

1) Your contact information.

2) Your teaching schedule and any pertinent scheduling info for Fall 2018 (to help us identify meeting times).

3) Identify a course for which you would like to design a Community Learning component, and when you plan to teach it, sometime within the next two years. Also include a one-paragraph course description, projected enrollment, and describe types of students (e.g., majors, non-majors; intro or upper-level).

4) What preliminary ideas do you have for integrating Community Learning into this course? How would it deepen student learning and connections with Hartford? Feel free to brainstorm about potential connections, as we realize most applicants are newcomers to the area.

5) Describe any prior experiences or knowledge you plan to draw upon to achieve your goals above.

6) What kinds of support do you need to achieve your goals above? How can other Trinity faculty and staff help you?

Feel free to contact Megan Hartline (Associate Director of Community Learning) or Jack Dougherty (Director of the Center for Hartford Engagement and Research, CHER) to discuss your ideas or ask questions. We will listen and try to connect you with Hartford-area community partners and other faculty and staff who share mutual interests.