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Community Engaged Teaching Fellow

The Bennion Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Adrienne Cachelin as the Center’s first Community Engaged Teaching Fellow. Dr. Cachelin joins Andi Witczak, Bennion Center Associate Director of Community Engaged Teaching + Scholarship, in the promotion and development of community engaged learning capacities across campus. She will serve a two-year term from August 15, 2018 to August 1, 2020.

“As the Bennion Center’s Community Engaged Teaching Fellow I look forward to continuing to think big and to work creatively and collaboratively demonstrating how community engaged learning and scholarship fit into larger University commitments in terms of pedagogy, scholarship, equity and the University’s role in the community.”

Dr. Cachelin joined the U in 2012 as an Assistant Professor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She was named Associate Professor in 2014. Dr. Cachelin was selected as the U's Public Service Professor in 2016 and in 2018, she was honored with the University of Utah’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Each semester she and her teaching assistant involve more than one hundred students in specific community projects integrated into her course material.

“I believe in cultivating active citizens who are empowered to think critically and contribute to the larger community, citizens who understand both their socially-constructed and ecological addresses. As a justice-oriented educator, I have a responsibility to more than course content; I have a responsibility to the whole student, and, consequently, the larger community. Working in solidarity with community members, whether it be in a research setting or engaging with a specific project, can provide powerful experiences for students who often see issues of injustice as distant or irrelevant. In this context, faculty, students, and community members come together to learn and do.”

The Community Engaged Teaching Fellows Program has three key objectives:

  • To support Fellows in their own profesional growth, especially those who are interested in university level leadership.
  • To make the community engaged learning knowledge and expertise that Fellows possess available to all University faculty members and teaching staff.
  • To broaden the understanding of community engaged pedagogy within the University's teaching and learning communities.

The Community Engaged Teaching Fellow serves a two-year term, beginning on August 15 and ending August 1.


Responsibilities are based on the Fellow's background, interests, and experiences, as well as the Bennion Center's specific needs. Each fellow will contribute to the promotion and development of community engaged learning capacities across the campus and assist individual faculty members with course construction. The Fellow will also co-chair the Community Engaged Learning subcommittee of the Bennion Center Advisory Board. It is anticipated the Fellow's time commitment to the Center will include an average of two to four hours weekly. 


The Community Engaged Teaching Fellow will receive a $5,000 stipend paid in the summer of the year the Fellow is selected. Additionally, there is also a $1,000 yearly travel budget for attendance at a community engaged learning conference(s). A regional or national conference presentation is expected during the Fellow's second year.


All teaching faculty, career-line or tenure-line, are eligible to apply. For information contact Andi Witczak.


Last Updated: 6/10/21