Division of University Engagement

Third Cycle of Faculty Civic Engagement Grant Award Winners Announced

Cleveland State University’s Office of Civic Engagement has announced the recipients of its third cycle of Faculty Civic Engagement Grants.

The Civic Engagement Grant program recognizes faculty and staff who embody CSU’s passion for engaged learning by creatively connecting classroom, campus and community. Grants range from $2,500 to $5,000 have been awarded to 16 faculty and staff members representing an array of disciplines. The grant program is a partnership with the Office of the Provost, which funds the awards.

“CSU is committed to expanding students’ learning experiences beyond the traditional classroom setting by providing them opportunities to learn by doing in the community,” said Director of Community Partnerships Julian Rogers. “The community benefits from CSU’s resources, including our talented students, faculty and staff. And we strive to make our students’ experience so positive that it sparks a lifelong interest in civic engagement.”

Grant recipients are selected by a panel of CSU faculty and community partners.

A few highlights from last year’s grant awards include:

  • More than 250 CSU students directly impacted/participated
  • More than 2,300 Cuyahoga County residents directly impacted/participated
  • Leveraged tens of thousands of additional dollars
  • More than 50 community organizations or companies participated
  • Many new connections made between CSU and organizations within Cuyahoga County
  • New connections made between faculty across disciplines

2016 Civic Engagement Grant recipients by category:

Faculty Civic Enhancement Grants

Faculty Civic Enhancement Grants support the work of faculty on projects or initiatives that are already underway or planned to occur. Projects best exemplify civic engagement and may occur in partnership with grassroots or faith-based organizations, nonprofit institutions, local businesses, government agencies and offices or other public institutions such as public schools and libraries.

  • Glenda Toneff-Cotner, Marius Boboc, Anne Galletta, Doug Heuer, Adam Voight and David Backer (College of Education and Human Services) for the Department of Curriculum and Foundations’ work to implement the first rotation of a new teacher education model called CREATE, or Curriculum Redesign Effort Advancing Teacher Education.
  • Katie Van Dyke (Monte Ahuja College of Business) for the Small Business Development Center which provides support to 235 local entrepreneurs to help their businesses become successful.
  • Michael Williams (College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences) for his project Kidney Strong. The project will encourage preventative testing and behavior modification in nutrition to build good kidney health among African American women.
  • Madalynn Wendland (College of Sciences and Health Professions) for establishing a collaborative play experience Senosory Friendly Time in the GoBabyGo Lab in collaboration with the Cleveland Children’s Musuem.

Faculty Civic Innovation Grants 

Faculty Civic Innovation Grants are designed to support innovative collaborations between CSU faculty and community-based organizations, local businesses, other public institutions or governmental agencies.

  • Robert Abelman (College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences) for his summer project aimed at getting Communications students to local community theater productions for which they’ll write reviews for publication.
  • Cyndi Hovland-Scafe (College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences) and Mary Milidonis (College of Sciences and Health Professions) for their project matching Social Work students with older adults at the Cleveland Community Older Adult Center to use iPods that can help prevent depression and improve seniors’ quality of life.
  • Joseph Mead (Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs) for his project aimed at pairing CSU students in the Public Administration & the Political Process course with United Way-funded non-profits to build the organizations’ capacity to engage in public advocacy.
  • Myrita S. Wilhite (College of Sciences and Health Professions) for his summer reading enhancement program for deaf children in Greater Cleveland.

Civic-Oriented Research Grants

Civic-Oriented Research Grants are modeled after the community-based participatory research approach. To qualify for this grant, faculty must identify a community-based organization to collaborate on a mutually conceived research topic. The faculty member, along with impacted community members, must work together to determine the design and conclusions of the research.

  • Collen C. Walsh and Jodi DeMarco (College of Sciences and Health Professions) for their project in conjunction with the St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, the Goodrich Gannett Neighborhood Center and Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries to train transient peoples in the culinary arts.
  • Nick Zingale (Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs) for his coding boot camp aimed at helping prisoners re-entering the workforce.

Central Neighborhood Alliance Grants

Central Neighborhood Alliance Grants are intended to leverage collective resources and support collaborative efforts within the Central Neighborhood. The selected projects must align with collaborative efforts already taking place in Central to improve educational and economic conditions within the community.

  • Logan Lamprecht and Claire Campbell (College of Education and Human Services) for their project to connect the Counseling, Administration, Supervision, and Adult Learning program to Frontline Services. The project would allow CSU students to counsel those in need about mental health resources.
  • Joshua Kirven (College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences) for his project aimed at bringing Central Neighborhood eighth graders and their parents to Cleveland State University to learn more about the college experience.