The HuMetricsHSS Community Fellowship will support a new initiative set to launch in Spring 2022 known as The Tidewater Project Faculty Fellows Program. The Tidewater Project Faculty Fellows is a year-long fellowship to support faculty interested in incorporating community-engaged learning into their course designs. Over the course of a year, Faculty Fellows will participate in several community-engaged learning seminars, attend lectures on pedagogical best practices, workshop course materials alongside members of their cohort, and attend presentations from community partners and faculty who have previously cultivated successful university-community partnerships. This fellowship intentionally creates space for coalition-building among faculty members across departments and alongside community partners. Moreover, Faculty Fellows will develop a shared language and shared values to leverage when advocating for the importance of community-engaged work to upper administration.
Dr. Brooke Covington is an assistant professor in the English Department at Christopher Newport University (CNU), where she teaches courses in professional writing, civic engagement and social justice, and grant writing. As the academic director of CNU’s Center for Community Engagement, she works closely with community partners, students, and faculty to support community-engaged learning initiatives across the Tidewater region. Brooke is also the co-founder and co-director of the Tidewater Community Writing Center, a free-to-all community resource to support local writers of all backgrounds and capabilities. Her research examines the rhetoric of public monuments and memorials, particularly in relation to the ways in which audiences interpret the form, function, and meaning of these memory sites. Brooke holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Writing from Virginia Tech.