Program Description

The Boyer Faculty Scholars Program will provide a cohort learning experience for up to five (5) faculty members. Core features of the cohort experience include:

  • advanced professional development workshops in the spring semester,
  • ​support for the design of participants’ signature Boyer projects through summer, and
  • ​highlighting the participating faculty members’ community-engaged signature projects and lessons learned in the following winter semester.

Select professional development workshops will be open to the campus in addition to the cohort. Since the program’s inception in 2012, nearly 70 faculty, 25 staff, and more than 20 community organization representatives have participated in the Boyer Program workshops.

Boyer Faculty Scholars will:

1) Receive a $1,500 stipend in an addition to salary and a letter of recognition signed by the Provost and the Director of University Outreach. Upon being selected, a letter of recognition and announcement will be sent to participating faculty members’ department chair and dean. The stipend will be paid in two installments: half after the completion of the four professional development sessions and half after completion of the program deliverables.

2) Meet with University Outreach staff for two consultations regarding the proposed community-engaged scholarly activity. The one-on-one consultations will provide support for the Boyer Faculty Scholar’s signature project, to:

a) Revise a course syllabus to newly include academic service-learning and collect data to determine the outcomes of students’ participation in the service-learning class. Service-learning is a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students (a) participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and (b) reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility (Bringle, et al., 2006).


b) Design a participatory research project. “Participatory research is defined as systematic inquiry, with the collaboration of those affected by the issue being studied, for purposes of education and taking action or effecting change” (Green et al., 2003).

The City of Flint’s Imagine Flint Master Plan is a visionary and comprehensive blueprint for Flint’s 20+ years of future city planning and development. With over 100 community improvement strategies, the Master Plan offers many opportunities for community-engaged teaching and scholarship. UM-Flint is committed to supporting the implementation of the Master Plan. Therefore, applicants are encouraged (not required) to propose signature Boyer projects that support one or more strategy contained in the Master Plan. For lists of the strategies, see the implementation matrix at the end of Master Plan chapters 4-11 at  For more information on UM-Flint’s efforts to support the implementation of the Master Plan, please visit our Impact Circle page.

Consultations will be scheduled for early May and June, based on the mutual availability of the Boyer Faculty Scholar and University Outreach staff.

3) Meet as a learning community cohort for 16 hours of professional development covering topics such as core literature on community-engaged scholarship, participatory research, sustainable community partnerships, and public dissemination of scholarly work.  The interactive professional development sessions, with lunch provided, are scheduled for:

  • Friday, May 16, 2014  (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
  • Friday, May 30, 2014  (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
  • Friday, June 13, 2014  (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
  • Friday, June 20, 2014 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)

Sessions will feature a book club format (with reading materials provided in advance) and guest speakers who have been successful in the scholarship of engagement. 

4) Document and share their success stories, lessons learned, and experience in the Boyer Faculty Scholars Program in at least one event for a faculty audience hosted by University Outreach (e.g. a symposium or showcase) and at a departmental meeting.

5) Submit a 2-3 page final report within two weeks following the Boyer Scholar’s campus presentation.