Office for Faculty Development

Civic Engagement Scholars Initiative (CESI)

CESI aims to strengthen the university’s ability to cultivate students’ commitment to civic engagement in their public and professional lives. To achieve this goal, CESI provides faculty, departments, and teams with opportunities to design courses that incorporate a civic engagement component—through community-based participatory research, service-learning, or other means—to address issues of importance to communities while enhancing student learning.

In 2012, CESI was established with a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and has supported three cohorts so far. Future opportunities will vary by cohort and enable faculty and departments to propose courses and projects that support specific issue areas, university priorities, and partnerships. 

Active CESI Cohorts:

Cohort 4 engages faculty in a set of courses focused on the environment; the cohort is simultaneously participating in the Campuses for Environmental Stewardship program which is funded by the Davis Educational Foundation, established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’ retirement as chairman of Shaws Supermarkets, Inc.

Cohort 5 will launch in January 2016 and is now accepting applications from individual faculty, teams, and departments!  Awards will range from $1,500-12,000 depending on the scope of the project.  Deadline to apply is Tuesday, December 22, 2015.

Steps to Apply:

  1. Download the full Call for Proposals and Project Narrative & Budget Template 
  2. Complete the online application 
  3. Have your department chair complete the online recommendation form.

Questions? Please contact:

Camille Martinez, Office for Faculty Development at and/or Kathleen Banfield, Office of Community Partnerships at

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