The Office of Civic Engagement is happy to direct faculty and staff to the following opportunities.

 1. The Sullivan Foundation Ignite Retreat October 7 – 9, 2022

Offering an introduction to academic community engagement for faculty and staff.

This event is free to you, paid for by Sewanee’s Sullivan Endowment. It is possible to arrange for your students to attend the retreat’s student tracks.

We will arrange for travel to the retreat at YMCA Blueridge Assembly In Black Mountain, NC.


Registration deadline: Sept 19, 2022.


If you are interested, please let us know as soon as possible.  

Send any questions to Jim Peterman,


2. Apply to become a Civic Engagement Faculty Fellow 


Due to a recent grant from the Bonner Foundation, the Office of Civic Engagement is able to renew the CE Faculty Fellows program.  

Fellows will:

  • Develop civic engagement* courses or course component or research.
  • Participate in workshops designed to help them develop the knowledge, expertise, and tools necessary to use civic engagement pedagogies and research methods in their teaching.
  • Receive a stipend for developing the civic engagement components of their courses or research.
  • Get limited support for course expenses related to the civic engagement aspect of your course.
  • Have access to Office of Civic Engagement resources, including support from staff, access to its programs, and community partnerships.

If you are interested, please fill out this form before October 1st. 

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Jim Peterman, Director of Civic Engagement:


3. Please consider developing a community engagement project that fits the criteria for the McCrickard Faculty Development Fund, due November 1, 2022. 

 From the Provost’s recent announcement:  

The McCrickard Faculty Development Fund supports projects that would not normally qualify for awards from the Research Grants Committee due to their longer-term path to fruition, their scope or unusual character, or their inclusion of unallowable expenses. All projects are expected to be exemplary, and where possible, to lead to future publication, and/or to position the project favorably for external funding possibilities. 

McCrickard projects should meet one or both of these criteria:

  • The project has great potential impact, whether on a significant number of students, for a significant number of faculty, and/or over a significant period of time.
  • The project reflects excellence, and generates recognition, at a national or international level.

Suitable projects will also, in most cases, align with the broad directions set out in the University's Strategic Plan. In the event that there are more proposals than can be funded, these criteria will guide the projects selected and the funding levels determined. Priority will also be given to proposers who have sought external funding and/or have indicated a realistic timeline and venue for the eventual publication of results.


The level and scope of budgeted expenses may be larger and wider than has been the case with proposals funded by other regular processes in the College. If compellingly justified, stipends for faculty or students, subventions for publishing, and other unusual expenses are allowable, alongside other, typical expenses for faculty development. Individuals as well as groups may apply.


Multi-year projects are encouraged and should contain budgets for each year of the project. Funding is awarded, however, only one year at a time, and multi-year projects must be resubmitted each year to compete for funding.


For further information do not hesitate to contact me, or you can see proposals funded in previous cycles at the Provost’s website under Information for Faculty and Staff/ Faculty Grants/ McCrickard



4. The Smith Experiential Learning Fund is open for applications during Easter semester. 


The Smith Experiential Learning Fund was established through a donor's generous gift in honor of Dr. Gerald Smith, Professor Emeritus of Religion.  As established in the fund agreement, the purpose of the fund is to "foster community engagement, place-based study in the local area, fieldwork, and hands-on learning so that students will gain insight into how Appalachian people have encountered the region physically, intellectually, and spiritually."


The fund agreement dictates that awards "will be restricted to projects that are in the humanities and humanistic social sciences or are interdisciplinary with strong input from humanities. Further restriction is that the fieldwork must be conducted in the Appalachian region as defined in the authorizing legislation of the Appalachian Regional Commission."


Individuals and groups (including interdisciplinary groups that have at least one member from the arts and humanities) are encouraged to apply.  Individuals may request up to $2000 in funding, and groups may request up to $7500. Funds may be used this summer or in the 2022-2023 academic year. 


Award decisions will be determined by representatives from the Center for Teaching, the Office of Civic Engagement, the Southern Appalachian Studies Program, and the First Year Program, convened by the Associate Dean for Inclusive Development of Faculty & Curriculum (ex officio).  As per the fund agreement, the selectors will also confer with Professor Smith in selecting projects to receive support from the fund.


For faculty and staff interested in getting information about the Office of Civic Engagement programs and support of planning and implementing community initiatives, please email Javeria Ikhlaq: