2017 American Cultures Engaged Scholarship ACES Application

June 2, 2017

Dear UC Berkeley Faculty,

Launched in January 2010, the ACES program is a partnership between the American Cultures Center (http://americancultures.berkeley.edu) and the Public Service Center (http://publicservice.berkeley.edu). This program aims to transform how faculty’s community-engaged scholarship is valued, to enhance learning for students through a combination of teaching and practice, and to create new knowledge that has an impact both in the community and the academy.

ACES provides resources for faculty who serve as 'Chancellor's Public Scholars' to deepen their community-engaged scholarship through the development of new and/or revised American Cultures courses with community-based components such as community-based research or service-learning projects. Scholars receive a $3,000 stipend, up to $1,500 to support the implementation of the community-based component, support from students serving as 'Chancellor's Public Fellows' who also receive a $1,500 stipend, the benefits of being part of an interdisciplinary cohort of faculty, and the possibility of future course continuation funds.

More information and the application can be found at http://americancultures.berkeley.edu/faculty/faculty-grants or you can contact ACES program director, Victoria Robinson (victoriarobbi@berkeley.edu). Applications are due by 5 pm on Monday, June 26th. Students for the Chancellor's Public Fellows positions will be recommended by the faculty in their application and invited to participate in the program in January. 

Now in its seventh year, the program is building on an innovative and exciting series of ACES efforts, in a wide range of departments, including Anthropology, African American Studies, Art Practice, Asian American Studies, The College of Natural Resources, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, The Haas Business School, The School of Public Health, The Graduate School of Education, Legal Studies and Psychology. 

It is our hope that this initiative will transform how UC Berkeley engages its community partners, how students understand societal issues and how faculty's community-engaged scholarship is valued. We encourage you to consider participating in this important endeavor.

Sincerely,

Na'ilah Nasir

Vice Chancellor - Equity & Inclusion

Cathy Koshland

Vice Chancellor – Undergraduate Education