Opportunities for Faculty

Each year, VCU ASPiRE offers faculty members from all disciplines the opportunity to become engaged with ASPiRE students and staff. The programs described below enable faculty members to tailor their interests and level of participation within ASPiRE. These programs are open to all VCU full-time and part-time faculty members.

For more information, contact Erin Burke Brown at embbrown@vcu.edu

ASPiRE Faculty Fellows Program

The ASPiRE Faculty Fellows Program seeks to enhance the learning environment of ASPiRE by engaging VCU faculty members from a wide variety of academic disciplines in ongoing interactions with ASPiRE students, staff and community partners.

ASPiRE Faculty Fellows commit to work with the ASPiRE program for one academic year. Fellows agree to:

  • Attend two Faculty Fellows meetings per semester.
  • Mentor a minimum of two ASPiRE Student Fellows throughout the year (i.e., two or more mentoring meetings per student fellow per semester), and
  • Provide a minimum of 12 hours per year (e.g., six hours per semester) of programming for ASPiRE students, staff or community fellows. These hours may involve, but are not limited to, activities such as guest lectures in classes, student and/or staff workshops, reflection discussions, community-based activities, etc.

VCU faculty members who wish to be selected as ASPiRE Faculty Fellows must complete an application outlining their community engagement experiences and expertise as well as their proposed plan for 12 hours of ASPiRE programming. Prospective applicants are welcome to consult with the ASPiRE director about their programming ideas prior to submitting an application.

Faculty Opportunity Application The deadline to apply is the end of May.

Fellowships are 9-month appointments from August to May. Fellows receive $500 per year in professional development funds, paid as a single budget transfer to their academic departments. Between three and six Faculty Fellows will be funded each year. Upon successful completion of their first year, fellows may apply for and serve one additional fellowship year.

View current and previous Faculty Fellows.

Faculty Guest Lecturer Program

Faculty members may contact the ASPiRE director to propose a presentation, workshop or guest lecture for ASPiRE students on the topic of community engagement in general or in one of the areas of designated community impact. No stipend is provided, however, faculty can report this activity on their annual reports.

For more information, contact Erin Burke Brown at embbrown@vcu.edu.