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Community Scholars Program

The Community Scholars Program is a professional Community of Practice for UNF faculty members and student affairs professionals with a commitment to Community-Based Transformational Learning (CBTL). Each cohort's experience is designed to enhance practitioner's knowledge of and expertise in CBTL as well as help them develop strategies that support the infusion of CBTL throughout the University. Individuals chosen as Community Scholars are awarded a two $1,500 stipends.


To nominate an individual for the Community Scholars Program:

Community Scholars Nomination Form

The Center will contact the individual with information about the program and application materials.


To apply for the Community Scholars Program:

Community Scholars Application Form 


Applications for 2022-2023 (Cohort 14) are available January 18, 2022. Applications need to be submitted using the online application and received by Friday, March 18, 2022 at 11:59PM.

UNF employees who participate in the Community Scholars Program can expect to:

  • increase their professional and community-based social networks;
  • identify their strengths and/or weaknesses as CBTL practitioners;
  • enhance their understanding of their assumptions that shape and the theories behind the best practices of CBTL;
  • view their practice of CBTL pedagogies as proficient and with confidence;
  • share their expertise regarding CBTL with other UNF faculty members and student affairs professionals;
  • understand the role of community as co-instructor in their practice of CBTL;
  • learn more about community issues, assets, and needs.

UNF's Community Scholars will:

  • Attend a required one-day experiential activity, titled "Our Jax";
  • Participate in six, three-hour seminars during the fall and spring semesters relating to real issues in CBTL (i.e. instructional design, assessment, university-community partnerships, etc.) or urgent developments important to the expansion of CBTL at UNF;
  • Produce a written
    1. plan to enhance CBTL instruction elements in an existing course,
    2. syllabus that adds CBTL instructional elements into a new course, or
    3. product, such as contribute to a collection of short position papers or briefs on CBTL, a CBTL focused UNF summer research grant proposal, presentation or poster session for a regional or national conference, external grant proposal supporting CBTL programming, peer reviewed presentation or publication;
  • Serve as peer consultants regarding CBTL.

For more information about the Community Scholars Program e-mail Dr. Alarie Gibbs at

Get to know UNF's Community Scholars

Please expand the form below and click on the image for more information about each cohort.

Community Scholars Program Cohorts