Engaged Scholar Faculty and Community Partner Fellows Program

A collage of the seven faculty fellows in the 2022-2023 cohort

Community-based learning courses from this year’s faculty fellows are now open for registration on SIS! PDF Document: Spring 2023 Faculty Fellows Courses and learn more about each faculty member below.

The Engaged Scholar Faculty & Community PArtner Fellows Program is a cohort-based program housed at the Center for Social Concern (CSC), that facilitates the deelopmetn and implementation of mutually beneficial Community-Based Learning courses.

By encouraging a greater role for CBL at JHU, the CSC is working to provide community members a greater voice in campus life and bridging gaps between the Homewood campus and surrounding communities.

How to Become a Faculty Fellow


Expertise and knowledge can be found all throughout Baltimore City. Community Partners are immersed in non-profit, community organizing, and/or civic work, and hold a wealth of knowledge and resources that can powerfully contribute to the Hopkins student experience. The Engaged Scholar Program seeks to identify community partner co-educators that have the capacity to co-develop and co-implement a community-based learning course alongside a faculty partner.

Engaged Scholar Faculty & Community Partner fellows each receive a $2,000 co-educator stipend for the year and up to $1,000 in additional funding for CBL course logistics.

In addition to funding, the Faculty Fellows also receive training and logistical support through the Center for Social Concern.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Teach a community-based learning course for students in either the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, and/or Peabody during the Spring of 2024.
  • Co-educate alongside a community partner C0-Educator(s). Faculty and community partner Co-Educators should design/review the course syllabus together and determine mutually agreed upon feedback and metrics for course success.
  • Participate in a two-day orientation to be held during the end of Summer 2023 (mid-August).
  • Attend a once a month, one-hour cohort development sessions during the following months: September, October, November, February, March, and April. The date and time of these sessions will be scheduled ahead of time, with the cohort’s input.
  • Complete a program evaluation offering feedback to the Assistant Director of Engaged Scholarship about the Engaged Scholars Program.
  • Whenever possible, connect Co-Educators to Hopkins resources.
  • Become a Faculty Fellow

    The Engaged Scholar Fellows Program is an application-based program. Faculty applicants will be contacted shortly after submitting their application with next steps. Faculty applicants do not need to have a Community Partner co-educator identified by the time that their application is submitted. The Center for Social Concern can facilitate the process of connecting Faculty Fellows to Baltimore City based Community Partner co-educator(s) as potential partners.

    Application Process and Procedures

    We are currently recruiting for the 2023-2024 Engaged Scholar Faculty and Community Partner Fellows Program cohort. The application is open and will close March 10, 2023 and can be found on HopkinsEngage. Please make sure you log into HopkinsEngage using your JHED ID credentials before starting the application.

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    Engaged Scholar Faculty and Community Partner Fellows Cohort

    2022-2023 Cohort

    Dr. Fadil Santosa
    Faculty Fellow

    Headshot of Dr. Fadil Santosa smilingFadil Santosa is a professor and the Yu Wu and Chaomei Chen Department Head of Applied Mathematics and Statistics. His research focuses on inverse problems, nondestructive testing, wave phenomena, optics, photonics, optimization, optimal design, homogenization methods, and financial mathematics.

    Santosa’s is working on a symbol-based approach to bar code decoding from cameras and studying electromagnetic wave phenomena in metallic 2-D materials, resonance phenomena infinite optical structures, and phaseless inverse scattering. He holds two patents: one for multifocal optical device design and another for symbol-based decoding of optical codes.

    He earned his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of New Mexico in 1976, and both his MS and PhD in theoretical and applied mechanics from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1977 and 1980, respectively.

    Fadil will be teaching Mathematics for a Better World (EN.553.335) during the Spring 2023 semester. PDF Document: Read the course description here.

    Dr. Victoria Harms
    Faculty Fellow

    Headshot of Dr. Victoria Harms smilingDr. Victoria Harms serves as the DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History. She’s entering her fourth year as community-engaged fellow at the CSC. For her class “1968. Rebels, Revolutions, and the Right-Wing Backlash,” she has partnered with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture in Maryland, the Graceland Park/ O’Donnell Heights Elementary and Middle School, and the Polytechnical Institute of Baltimore. Students have had the opportunity to talk with eyewitnesses Judge Robert Bell, Joyce Dennison, Eddie Conway, Ralph Moore, and Denise Griffin Johnson. Dr. Harms specializes in the Cold War, Europe in the 20th century, intellectual and sports history. Born and raised in Germany, she went to college in Frankfurt (Oder), graduate school in Budapest, Hungary, and Pittsburgh, PA. Since her arrival in 2018, Baltimore’s complex and inspiring history has motivated Dr. Harms to expand her areas of expertise and explore not only the city but also ways to connect with local partners to integrate more voices and authorities and to make history more widely accessible.

    Dr. Gabrielle Dean
    Faculty Fellow

    Headshot of Dr. Gabrielle DeanDr. Gabrielle Dean serves as the William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts in the Sheridan Libraries and Adjunct Professor in the English Department and the Program in Museums and Society. She also serves as Executive Director of the Society for Textual Scholarship.

    In the Sheridan Libraries, Dr. Dean is responsible for 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century collections of rare and archival materials. She pays special attention to women’s, LGBTQ+, and African American history, literature, and culture. In collaboration with the Billie Holiday Project and the Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship, Dr. Dean is affiliated with Inheritance Baltimore.

    Dr. Dean has been the lead curator of over fourteen exhibitions at Hopkins. Her published scholarship focuses on authorship and photography, race and gender in the archival record, and the exchanges between textual and visual cultures during the industrial era of print—ie, the mid 19th century through the mid 20th century.

    Gabrielle will be teaching Researching the Africana Archive: Black Cemetery Stories (AS.389.314 (01)) during the Spring 2023 semester. PDF Document: Read the course description here.

    Dr. Matthew Pavesich
    Faculty Fellow

    Headshot of Dr. Matthew PavesichMatthew Pavesich is Director and Teaching Professor of the University Writing Program. He specializes in writing and rhetoric, pedagogy, and the public humanities. His current projects include a large-scale study of self-sponsored writing, or what people write beyond the requirements of work or school; and DC/Adapters, a photographic archive of visual rhetoric in Washington, D.C. He also serves on a national committee devoted to the cultivation of public humanities with the Rhetoric Society of America and on the editorial board of the Journal of Basic Writing.

    Before joining the faculty at Hopkins in 2021, Pavesich taught for ten years at Georgetown University, where he received the Provost’s Innovation in Teaching Award in 2020. His courses include innovative models for first-year writing and rhetoric, collaborative teaching in the disciplines, and graduate courses in the teaching of writing and the public and digital humanities; many of these courses connected with local communities in different ways. His work has appeared in enculturation, the WAC Journal, Technoculture, The Journal of Basic Writing, and several edited volumes. Pavesich completed his doctoral work in English (2009), specializing in rhetoric at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Learn more at matthewpavesich.me.

    Matthew will be teaching Reintroduction to Writing: The City that Writes (AS.004.101 (20)) during the Spring 2023 semester. PDF Document: Read the course description here.

    Dr. Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky

    Faculty Fellow

    Headshot of Dr. Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky smilingAnne-Elizabeth Brodsky teaches in the University Writing Program, where her courses center on American education, race, literature, and friendship. She is co-founder and faculty director of the Common Question.

    Anne-Elizabeth served as co-chair of the Women Faculty Forum from 2016-19 and as a member of the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council from 2010-16. She collaborates with the JUMP & Hop-In programs and the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation and is a member of the Baltimore Scholars Steering Committee, a lapsed violinist in the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, and a Baltimore City Public Schools parent.

    Before joining the Hopkins faculty, Anne-Elizabeth was a senior program manager at the JHU Center for Talented Youth, where she ran summer programs for academically talented students in grades 2-9 and oversaw curriculum development. She has taught at the City Colleges of Chicago and Ida Crown Jewish Academy. Her dissertation, Teach the Nation: Pedagogies of Racial Uplift in US Women’s Writing of the 1890s, was published by Routledge in 2003.

    Anne-Elizabeth will be teaching Reintroduction to Writing: Music, Young People, and Democracy (AS.004.101(01)) during the Spring 2023 semester. PDF Document: Read the course description here.

    Dr. Jasmine L. Blanks Jones
    Faculty Fellow

    Headshot of Dr. Jasmine L. Blank Jones smilingJasmine L. Blanks Jones is a dynamic theatre nonprofit leader, award-winning educator, and holds a dual PhD in Education and Africana Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research on theatrical performance as a civic engagement praxis illuminates global race-based inequities in education and health, lifting the potential of knowledge co-creation through the arts and digital cultural production. As founder of Burning Barriers Building Bridges Youth Theatre (B4YT), a cultural performance company dedicated to radical community empowerment through the arts, she has more than twenty years of experience in youth development in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Having developed a track record of leadership in arts and advocacy in communities of color globally, in 2018 Jasmine extended the scope of B4YT to include a consulting practice, Creating Brave Stages, which provides support and guidance for advocacy organizations looking to integrate the arts into their movements and artists aspiring to create positive change through their performances. She holds a MPP from the University of Minnesota and BS in Music Education from Florida A&M University.

    Jasmine will be teaching BlackStorytelling: Public Health Education in the Black World (AS.362.140) during the Spring 2023 semester. PDF Document: Read the course description here.

    Dr. Alissa Burkholder Murphy
    Faculty Fellow

    Headshot of Dr. Alissa Burkholder Murphy smilingAlissa Burkholder Murphy joined Johns Hopkins in 2018 as the founder and lead instructor for the Multidisciplinary Design Program. In this program, teams of students from all engineering disciplines collaborate on real-world design challenges with project partners from industry, medicine, and the community. The various multidisciplinary design courses are rooted in human-centered design, a method of approaching design challenges by connecting with the end user of a solution and integrating their voice into the prototyping and testing process.

    Prior to teaching at Johns Hopkins, Alissa spent four years teaching at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, better known as the d.school. In addition to teaching in higher education, Alissa has spent a decade as a mechanical engineer, designing both precision medical devices in the Bay Area and low cost, high value agricultural products for rural farmers in Myanmar. She has a BS in Engineering Mechanics from the Johns Hopkins University and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

    Alissa will be teaching Social Impact Design (EN.660.392) during the Spring 2023 semester. PDF Document: Read the course description here.

    2021-2022 Cohort

    Dr. Gabrielle Dean
    Faculty Fellow

    Dr. Victoria Harms
    Faculty Fellow

    Dr. Andy Ross
    Faculty Fellow

    Dr. Homayra Ziad
    Faculty Fellow

    2019-2020 Cohort

    Dr. Kali-Ahset Amen
    Faculty Fellow

    headshot of Kali-Ahset AmenDr. Kali-Ahset Amen is an interdisciplinary social scientist, exhibition curator, and organizational strategist. Her scholarship and intellectual activism focus on racism, black subjectivities, and urban inequalities in Central America and the U.S. South. She is an assistant research professor of Sociology and the associate director of the Billie Holiday Project for Liberation Arts at Johns Hopkins University. She has published journal articles and policy papers, and is an associate editor of City & Community, the urban section journal of the American Sociological Association. Other editorial projects include the Journal of Urban Affairs’ special issue “Black Meccas of the South,” forthcoming in Fall 2019. The museum sector is another domain under Kali-Ahset’s purview. As an independent curator, she collaborates with cultural and educational institutions to produce public history programs and exhibitions exploring Africana experience.

    Beyond the academy, Kali-Ahset coordinates grassroots educational initiatives designed to enhance people’s capacity to understand, analyze, and transform the systems of inequality that affect their lives. Related to this work, she serves as a program director for Humanity in Action, an international non-profit organization that provides political training to social justice activists from the U.S. and Europe. From 2008 to 2015, Kali-Ahset reached broadcast audiences as an award-winning public affairs journalist on Atlanta’s Pacifica network affiliate WRFG 89.3 FM. Her community radio programming, anchored in anti-oppression pedagogy, has been honored by the Atlanta Press Club, the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, the Broadcast Education Association, and the National Alliance for Women in Media.

    Anand Pandian
    Faculty Fellow

    headshot of Anand PandianAnand Pandian teaches in the anthropology department at Johns Hopkins University. His research and writing focus on relationships between people and the environment, oriented toward a wider public audience. Together with other colleagues on the Homewood campus, he is launching a new initiative on ecological design that will involve teaching, research, and community work in Baltimore. He lives with his family in Wyman Park, across the Stony Run from the university.



    Dr. Joseph Plaster
    Faculty Fellow

    headshot of Joseph PlasterDr. Joseph Plaster is Curator in Public Humanities for the Sheridan Libraries and University Museums and an Assistant Research Scholar at the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute. His research and teaching focuses on collaborative public humanities, performance studies, oral history, and queer studies. Plaster completed his PhD in American Studies at Yale University. His dissertation explores the social trauma inflicted on queer, marginally housed youth in U.S. “tenderloin” districts and the ways they work to transform those brutal realities through religious ritual, performative storytelling, novel kinship networks, and the arts. His work has appeared in Radical History Review and has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and fellowships at The New York Public Library and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In 2010, Plaster was awarded the American Historical Association’s Allan Bérubé Prize for outstanding work in public history.

    As Curator in Public Humanities, Plaster conducts original research at archives and museums across Johns Hopkins University and interprets those collections for the university community and the public through public humanities programs, oral history projects, courses, and other collections-based innovations. His first large-scale project is the Peabody Ballroom Experience, a collaboration with Baltimore’s ballroom community, a performance-based art culture comprising gay, lesbian, trans, and gender non-conforming people of color.

    Robbie Shilliam
    Faculty Fellow

    headshot of Robbie ShilliamRobbie Shilliam researches the political and intellectual complicities of colonialism and race in the global order. He is co-editor of the Rowman & Littlefield book series, Kilombo: International Relations and Colonial Question. Robbie was a co-founder of the Colonial/Postcolonial/Decolonial working group of the British International Studies Association and is a long-standing active member of the Global Development section of the International Studies Association. Over the past six years, Robbie has co-curated with community intellectuals and elders a series of exhibitions–in Ethiopia, Jamaica and the UK–which have brought to light the histories and significance of the Rastafari movement for contemporary politics. Based on original, primary research in British imperial and postcolonial history, this work now enjoys an online presence as a teaching aid: www.rastafari-in-motion.org

    Currently, Robbie is working on three strands of inquiry: firstly, a re-reading of classical political economy through its intimate relationship to Atlantic slavery, with a bearing towards contemporary controversies regarding “social conservatism”; secondly, a retrieval of Ethiopianism as a critical orientation towards global order, especially in terms of its cultivation of a tradition of anti-colonial anti-fascism from the 1930s onwards; and thirdly, South-South anti-colonial connections, especially between peoples of the African Diaspora and indigenous movements.

    Robbie will be working closely with community fellows: Wayne A. Rose and John “Jake” Homiak.

    Wayne A. Rose
    Lead Community Fellow


    2018-2019 Cohort

    Michael Reese
    Faculty Fellow

    Photo of Mike Reese, 2018-2019 JHU center for social concern engaged faculty fellow

    Michael Reese is the Associate Dean & Director at the Johns Hopkins Center for Educational Resources with a faculty appointment in sociology. Dr. Reese believes deeply in the power of community-based learning assignments to motivate students through authentic assignments that engage the community. His CBL assignments led to student publications in The Baltimore Sun and the Out of the Blocks oral history project. Collaborative projects also engaged the Digital Harbor Foundation and Real News Network.

    Dr. Reese earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University. His dissertation modeled how educational innovations diffused in higher education. He also earned an M.Ed. in educational technology from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in electrical engineering at Virginia Tech, where he was named the Paul E. Torgersen Leadership Scholar by his peers. The Timeline Creator software he developed with students was awarded 1st place in Macromedia’s National Innovation Award for Higher Education.

    2017-2018 Cohort

    Katharine Noel
    Faculty Fellow

    picture of Katharine Noel CBLKatharine Noel is a novelist and a senior lecturer in the Writing Seminars department. Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins, she was the Writer in Residence at Claremont McKenna College, the Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and a Stegner Fellow at Stanford. She also worked for two years at Gould Farm, a program in the Berkshire Mountains for adults with mental illnesses, and for four years as the director of children’s services at a shelter for homeless women and children. She is the author of two novels, Halfway House and Meantime.

    Organization: Writer’s in Baltimore Schools

    2016-2017 Cohort

    Patrice Hutton
    Community Fellow

    head shot picture of Patrice Hutton

    Patrice is Director of Writers in Baltimore Schools, which she founded with an Open Society Institute Baltimore Community Fellowship in 2008. Her fiction and nonfiction appear in Tin House Flash Fridays, Ploughshares blog, Gulf Stream Magazine, Public Books, Prime Number Magazine, and elsewhere. She has a BA and MA from Johns Hopkins University.

    Organization: Writer’s in Baltimore Schools

    Jennifer Kingsley
    Faculty Fellow

    head shot picture of Jennifer KingsleyJennifer Kingsley is an art historian specializing in the European Middle Ages with an emphasis on the period from about 800 to 1200. She earned her doctorate in the history of art from the Johns Hopkins University in 2007 and joined the Program in Museums and Society in 2011, after teaching as a post-doctoral fellow at Columbia University and as a visiting assistant professor at Oberlin College. She has also worked in various capacities in museum education and in curation at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Cloisters, the medieval branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Walters Art Museum. She was field editor for exhibition reviews at caa.reviews from 2012-2015 and serves on several committees and juries for the arts and for exhibitions here at Hopkins. She has published on diverse topics from the ways in which medieval objects contribute to discussions about the role and status of images through their imagery and materials to the artistic innovations associated with the new class of wealthy and powerful episcopal patrons that emerged in Germany around the millennium; on a range of artworks from manuscripts to ivories; and on the connected cultural milieus of Ottonian Germany, Anglo-Saxon England, and northern Italy. Her current research follows two paths. The first revolves around early medieval sensescapes, and the second considers the historiography of medieval art history, with particular attention to the role of museums in shaping distinct fields within medieval studies. The courses she teaches for the Program in Museums and Society consider museums from a variety of perspectives to understand their role in societies past and present, particularly as sites of knowledge production. She places particular emphasis on how to read the museum as a primary source and how to analyze its institutional practices.

    Eric Rice
    Faculty Fellow

    head shot picture of Eric Rice

    Eric Rice coordinates the Masters of Science, Educational Studies program, conducts research about teacher-led charter schools, and teaches about Urban School Reform and Culturally Responsive Education. He also teaches in the EdD program and is designing an Urban Leadership specialization for this program. Dr. Rice also leads an international exchange program focused on education and public health in Uganda and Baltimore. He is active in the field of school reform in Baltimore, and he sits on the board of the Baltimore Teacher Network, operator of two Baltimore City charter schools. Trained as a cultural anthropologist at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Rice is an Associate Director at the JHU Urban Health Institute, where he provides leadership for the UHI’s Small Grants Program and co-represents the UHI’s Schools and Health Initiatives.

    D. Watkins
    Community Fellow

    heads hot picture of D. Watkins

    D. Watkins is a columnist for Salon. His work has been published in the New York Times, Guardian, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He holds a master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. He is a college professor at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project. Watkins has been the recipient of numerous awards including Ford’s Men of Courage and a BME Fellowship. Watkins is from and lives in East Baltimore. He is the author of The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir and The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America.

    Organization: BMORE Writer’s Project

    David Yezzi
    Faculty Fellow

    head shot picture of David Yezzi

    David Yezzi’s books of poetry include Azores (Swallow Press), a Slate magazine best book of the year, and, most recently, Birds of the Air (Carnegie Mellon). He is the editor of The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets, foreword by J. D. McClatchy. His libretto for David Conte’s opera Firebird Motel has been performed widely and was issued on CD in 2007. His verse plays One the Rocks and Dirty Dan & Other Travesties were produced by Verse Theater Manhattan at the Bowery Poetry Club. A former director of the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York, he has worked as the executive editor of The New Criterion and associate editor of Parnassus: Poetry in Review.

    2015-2016 Cohort

    Dora Malech
    Faculty Fellow

    photo of Dora Malech

    AS.220.438 Readings in Poetry: “Of Late” – Poetry & Social Justice

    Dora Malech is an Assistant Professor of Poetry in The Writing Seminars department at the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences. Malech’s “Readings in Poetry: ‘Of Late’ – Poetry & Social Justice” will allow students to explore poetry as “a way of happening,” an engagement as individuals within and across communities. Students will immerse themselves in the ways that poets in America and across the world have navigated their poetic practice and their social concerns through political poetry, civic poetry, public poetry, poetry of witness, and literature of social import. This course will engage in community-based learning through a partnership with Writers in Baltimore Schools, a community partner that has also been grappling with questions of poetry and social justice through its work with Baltimore youth and events.

    Dan Pasciuti
    Faculty Fellow

    photo of Dan Square

    AS.230.355 Homelessness, Vacants, and the Right to Housing

    Daniel Pasciuti is a comparative-historical sociologist and assistant research scientist at the Arrighi Center for Global Studies. Paciuti’s “Homelessness, Vacants and the Right to Housing” is a community-based learning course, which will collaborate with Housing Our Neighbors, a local organization comprised of people experiencing homelessness, allies and advocates promoting the human right to housing to examine and engage the vacant housing crisis in Baltimore. Students will be expected to participate in organizing and attending community sessions. Students will also provide ongoing research into the Baltimore vacant property market that ultimately seeks to transform housing into a right for all people.

    Lester Spence
    Faculty Fellow

    photo of Lester Spence

    AS.190.360 Power and Democracy in the American City

    Lester Spence is an associate professor of political science and African studies. Spence’s “Power and Democracy in the American City” will examine the ways in which race and class intersect to shape how democracy works in our nation’s cities. In this innovative course, students will learn about urban citizenship, authority, and activism using Baltimore as its case study. The class will be co-led with Jessica Lewis from the Right to Housing Alliance and will use a community-based learning approach.