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LAS Community- and Project-Based Learning (CPBL) Co-Teaching Fellowships

All full-time faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences are invited to apply for the following fellowships, both of which are designed to support the development and delivery of co-taught multi-disciplinary courses in which our students work collaboratively with a community partner on a project of mutual interest and benefit.

CPBL Co-Teaching Fellowships support DePaul's commitment to offering our students robust opportunities for experiential learning. The key qualifying characteristic for course eligibility is the presence of a project, designed in collaboration with a community partner, which will draw on the skills and knowledge of the students in your course.

Types of Fellowships

Team Teaching CPBL Fellowship

This fellowship will be awarded to two faculty (with different disciplinary expertise; at least one faculty member must be tenure-line within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences) who will teach a single class (capped at 30) dedicated to a project designed with and for a community partner.




This fellowship will provide:

  • $1000 stipend for each member of the team to support initial course development ($500 for repeat iterations);
  • a graduate or undergraduate Project Intern to work with the faculty in support of the course and students, 10 hours/week, who will earn a stipend (undergraduate $2520; graduate $2800) and may or may not earn academic credit, as appropriate to student’s program of study (having an intern is optional, as designated in the fellowship application);
  • miscellaneous supplies/fees necessary for students to access course (as designated in the budget of the fellowship application);
  • budgetary support to home unit of one member of teaching ​team, if necessary, to replace instructor in a course that would otherwise have been taught by that member (as explained in the fellowship application and supported by the local academic officer of the unit in question).
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Faculty Lead
CPBL Fellowship

This fellowship will be awarded to a single full-time LAS faculty member working in a lead educator role to teach a class (capped at 20) dedicated to a project designed with and for a community partner. The lead faculty member will recruit additional faculty (from different disciplinary areas and at any rank anywhere in DePaul University) to work with students on smaller component parts of the project, per their expertise.

This fellowship will provide:

  • $3000 stipend to the lead faculty member for development and management of the component parts of this complex course ($2000 stipend for repeat iterations);
  • a graduate or undergraduate Project Intern to work with the faculty in support of the course and students, 10 hours/week, who will earn a stipend (undergraduate $2520; graduate $2800) and may or may not earn academic credit, as appropriate to student’s program of study;
  • up to $1500 for honoraria to be paid to contributing DePaul faculty and/or community partner staff (as designated in the budget of the fellowship application);
  • miscellaneous supplies/fees necessary for students to access course (as designated in the budget of the fellowship application).
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Faculty Eligibility

  • Full-time faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences are eligible to apply.
  • If applying for a Team-Teaching CBPL Fellowship, faculty must be from different academic units or disciplines. One of the two faculty must be tenure-line.
  • Proposed course will allow faculty and students to work on a project or projects related to their academic skills and/or interests, designed in collaboration with a community partner, for the benefit of the organization and/or the community it serves.
  • The course’s community partner is a domestic or international non-profit, non-governmental organization, or government entity.
  • Faculty with experience working with community organizations in an academic context, or who have undertaken professional development opportunities in the area of community- and project-based learning, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application Deadlines

Faculty must submit all application materials according to the below timeline:

Quarter of Instruction Application Deadline
Spring Quarter 2019 January 15, 2019
Autumn Quarter 2019 March 15, 2019
Winter Quarter 2020 August 15, 2019
Spring Quarter 2020 January 15, 2020

Faculty are encouraged to consult with Associate Dean Margaret Storey (mstorey@depaul.edu) as they draft their applications.

Application Preparation

As the application deadlines suggest, faculty need to keep the complexities of planning in mind when applying. If you already work with a community organization in one of your courses, you may be in a position to move quickly to adapt this course to the structure of the fellowship.

If you are new to working with community organizations, it is important to do preparatory work in advance of proposing a course for this fellowship. Key guidance and support is available through the Steans Center, whose staff are always ready to consult with and assist faculty who are interested in finding a community partner for a project, or in learning how best to collaborate with an organization you have already identified as a partner.

All faculty, including those who have incorporated project-based-learning in their courses in the past, should take the time to learn about best practice in this area before applying. The Steans Center offers workshops and other supports for faculty interested in developing a range of skills and competencies around project- and community-based learning. An additional resource in this regard is “Gold Standard PBL: Essential Project Design Elements” from the Buck Institute for Education. This structure informs our application questions, so faculty will find it useful to take the time to review. The Buck Institute offers many useful online resources beyond this, as well—though many are aimed at K-12 educators, many of the strategies and ideas are applicable to higher education as well.

Finally, in all cases, faculty should consult with chairs and program directors to confirm that the unit schedule can accommodate the course and the release of one of the team faculty members from their currently-assigned course load.

Application Requirements

Applicants for CPBL fellowships must complete our online application, as follows:

  1. Name, contact information, home unit information, course number and course title. (Applicants for Team Teaching fellowships will provide this information for both faculty).
  2. Brief c.v.’s of faculty applying for fellowship.
  3. For Lead Faculty applications, names, contact information, and brief c.v.’s of contributing faculty.
  4. Name and primary contact information of your community partner.
  5. Budget that outlines honoraria to be paid to contributing faculty and any supplies that will be necessary for the course.
  6. A draft syllabus.
  7. A brief endorsement by chair/program director of faculty home unit(s).
  8. A brief endorsement by your community partner.
  9. Rationale and Workplan:
    • Describe the course and its key pedagogical objectives.
    • Describe your community partner and its mission.
    • Give a brief description of the project your students will be tackling.
        i. What is the central problem or question that your students will be exploring, answering, and/or addressing through this project?
        ii. How was that problem identified? (Be sure to explain how you and/or your students have collaborated with the community partner in defining the project.)
    • Describe your preparations, qualifications and areas of expertise, as relates to this course and the project your students will be working on.
        i. Have you taught a community- or project-based course in the past? If so, please briefly describe it and reflect on how that experience will inform your current course.
        ii. What pre-term work will be required to be ready at the start of the quarter? (Be aware that Steans advises​ that it takes at least one term of preparation to develop courses of this type.)
        iii. Why are you a good choice to lead or co-lead this project?
        iv. If applying for a Lead Faculty Fellowship, whom have you selected as contributing faculty, and why?
        v. Why is this course a good fit for project-based learning?
        vi. Why are the students who will take your course well-positioned to take on this project?
        vii. Describe the communications and planning that you have conducted with your community partner.
    • Describe your and your students’ anticipated responsibilities as you understand them now.
        i. How will student inquiry in the course be sustained over 10 weeks?
        ii. What specific processes, tasks, tools, and quality standards will students use and apply in the project?
        iii. How will students be allowed to contribute to/shape the trajectory of the project over the ten weeks?
        iv. What opportunities will students have to formally critique and collaborate on revision of aspects of the project?
        v. What opportunities will the community partner have to formally critique and collaborate with your students on revision of aspects of the project?
        vi. What opportunities will students have during the course for reflection about the project, its progress, and their growth (both personal and skill-based)?
        vii. How will students conduct their final presentation/delivery of the project?
        viii. How will you assess your students’ performance in the course, including assignments and grading methodology?
    • Describe the Project Intern position that you plan to include as part of your CPBL fellowship, including student qualifications, responsibilities, and how you will advertise and hire for the position (through your home units; through the University’s student job board; through the Career Center’s Handshake​; etc.). All DePaul undergraduate and Master’s Degree students who have either a LAS major, double-major, or minor are eligible for these internships and the stipends that come with them.

Review Process

Review of applications will be conducted by a joint committee from the LAS Dean’s office and the Steans Center.​

Post-Award Requirements

Faculty who are awarded fellowships will be asked to complete or provide the following:

  • exit survey from the College of LAS;
  • student exit survey provided by the College of LAS (in which they will be asked to reflect on the experience of working with a community partner on a project);
  • a brief (2 page) report describing the project on which you and your students worked during your fellowship quarter;
  • attendance and participation in panel about your experience at the annual community partners luncheon hosted by the College of LAS.

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