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Community Engagement Academy

The Community Engagement Academy (CEA) is an interdisciplinary professional development program designed for new UTK faculty (0-3 years) and graduate students who wish to learn the foundations of community engagement and engaged scholarship and apply knowledge to research and practice. The CEA provides graduate students and early career faculty with background literature, facilitated discussion, mentoring, and presentations designed to increase their knowledge and enhance their practice of community engaged scholarship throughout Knoxville and East Tennessee by creating new partnerships or building upon existing ones.

Faculty and graduate students will participate in monthly seminars, with further optional opportunities for engagement available through OCEO initiatives. OCEO is committed to the principles of equity, shared governance, reciprocity, and mutual decision-making. Seminars are co-led by UTK faculty, staff and community partners.

Who Should Apply

  •  Graduate students and junior faculty interested in community engagement and engaged scholarship
  • Those involved or interested in research that contributes to their discipline while making a positive impact on external stakeholders.

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If you have any questions about the application process, contact Dr. Javiette Samuel, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement and Director of Community Engagement and Outreach at or 865-974-4863.