Student Engagement Network Faculty Academy applications now open

Sean Yoder
November 05, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Faculty at Penn State are now able to apply to the Student Engagement Network Faculty Academy, which provides funding for educators to develop engagement opportunities, models and scholarship on student engagement.

A total of 11 members were inducted into the first Faculty Academy cohort in 2017, and another four were added to the ranks in July 2018. Members from both cohorts came from diverse academic backgrounds. Appointments are for either one year as academy fellows, or two years for academy scholars.

Faculty from all Penn State campuses are encouraged to apply by the Jan. 7 deadline. Applications can be found on InfoReady

Alan Rieck is an associate vice president and associate dean of Undergraduate Education and also serves on the Student Engagement Network leadership board. He said the Faculty Academy is an opportunity for faculty and staff to participate in the Engage Penn State initiative at a leadership level. 

“The knowledge and creativity of our faculty, staff and students are the things that make Penn State a truly special place,” Rieck said. “We hope that the academy becomes a leader at Penn State and across all of higher education on the topic of engagement.”

The Faculty Academy allows faculty to deepen the University-wide discourse, practice and recognition of student engagement and engaged scholarship.

One-year fellow appointees will receive a $3,000 stipend and up to $7,000 in project funds. The Student Engagement Network is currently seeking five fellows for the 2019–20 academic school year.

Fellows should have an interest in teaching or leading an engagement or engaged scholarship experience or program. They should also be prepared to serve as a campus leader or mentor in those areas.

Scholars on a two-year appointment will receive a one-half teaching load buyout in order to conduct focused research. In addition to the duties prescribed for fellows, the scholars should be able to represent Penn State in the scholarly discussion of student engagement and engaged scholarship in publications and local, state, national and international venues.

There is currently one scholar slot open for the 2019–21 school years.

The Student Engagement Network is a joint initiative between Undergraduate Education, Student Affairs and Outreach and Online Education. The network's mission is to advance the power of participation by connecting students with experiences that empower them to make a positive impact and leaders of the world.

For more information about the Student Engagement Network, visit or email


Last Updated November 05, 2018