The Center for Civic Engagement is excited to announce a pilot of its Civic Engagement Fellowship. These Fellowships support Illinois State University’s efforts to enact our core value of civic engagement by preparing students for lives of engaged citizenship, with the disposition and skills to consider multiple perspectives and to act as ethical leaders who will craft, promote, and further positive goals for social transformation. Illinois State seeks to integrate civic education across the student experience to uphold the University’s public purpose to create opportunities that promote full participation in a just, equitable, and democratic society.
The Civic Engagement Fellow for Electoral Engagement will be an integral part of the campus’ 2022 election efforts and will work to make political learning an organic part of the student experience. This person will devise strategies and initiatives to engage academic departments in election efforts including department and faculty level outreach, curriculum design and support, and resource development as well as encouraging faculty to incorporate broader political engagement into courses. The Electoral Engagement Fellow is expected to be an active member of the Voter Engagement Coalition, analyze NSLVE data, and participate in national level voter engagement conversations, meetings, and summits as appropriate.
The Civic Engagement Fellow for Civic & Digital Literacy will explore the concept of “truth decay,” and will enhance students’ civic competence by improving their critical thinking, digital literacy, and civic inquiry skills. This person will conduct research, design curriculum, and support faculty and staff to incorporate civic and digital literacy into courses and campus programs. This could include curriculum design, creation of co-curricular programs, and supporting faculty and staff to utilize The New York Times as well as local news sources to enhance democratic engagement. This fellowship also includes the supervision of a student Civic Engagement Fellow.
Civic Engagement Fellows will be expected to:
Fellowships will run from January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022. Compensation will be $5,000 awarded in monthly installments as additional pay.
Applications are closed. Selected fellows will be notified mid-late November and announced publicly in January.
The Student Civic Engagement Fellow will support the work of the Civic & Digital Literacy Fellow through research, curriculum design, and resource development. This Fellow will work on projects that improve student critical thinking, digital literacy, and civic inquiry skills such as the concept of “truth decay” or utilization of The New York Times or local news sources to enhance democratic engagement.
The Student Fellow will be expected to:
Student Fellow will be compensated at an hourly wage of $15 per hour for 5 – 8 hours a week, not to exceed $1500. Fellowships will run from January 10, 2022 – May 7, 2022 with the possibility to continue in the summer and Fall 2022 semester.
Applications are now closed. Applicants will be notified of selection mid-late November and announced publicly in January.
CCE is committed to the support and success of all Civic Engagement Fellows. As such, it will provide an initial overview of core concepts related to civic engagement within higher education as well as existing work at Illinois State University. CCE will promote the work of each fellow throughout out campus and within professional associations. CCE will handle all administrative matters such as documentation to process stipend payments as well as be readily available throughout the entire fellowship.