Research Fellows

Recognizing exemplary and emerging scholar-practitioners who are committed to advancing the field of community engagement


Collaboratory Research Fellows explore research and programmatic efforts that enact Collaboratory’s mission and support member institutions and the broader field of higher education community engagement. Fellowships are designed to give practitioner-scholars a national platform to pursue research and programmatic ideas that correlate with ongoing Collaboratory initiatives. 

Applications are currently not being accepted, but check back periodically for updates!

Fellows lead projects that typically last 3-6 months and utilize de-identified data from Collaboratory institutions, or pursue relevant ideas and questions in partnership with campuses within and beyond our membership. Fellows receive a research award to support their efforts. Funds may be used for any expense judged supportive of the fellow’s research including staffing, conference/presentation support (e.g., registration fees), project expenses, equipment, or salary support.

Collaboratory is open to working with any researchers – whether faculty, staff, or students at an accredited institution of higher education or member of the larger community. We expect the fellow to have experience with or expertise in community engagement. 

2020 - 2021 Research Fellows

Dr. Stella Smith

Prairie View
A&M University

Dr. Smith is the Associate Director for the Minority Achievement, Creativity, and High-Ability (MACH III) Center and an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at Prairie View A&M University. Her scholarly interests focus on the experiences of faculty and administrators of color in higher education; diversity, equity and inclusion of underserved populations in higher education; and P–20 educational pipeline alignment

Fellowship Focus:
Dr. Smith is developing an “anti-racism scorecard” that can help institutions recognize and identify community-engaged anti-racist work and intentionally incorporate anti-racism work into engagement efforts across campus.

Jessica Givens

Arizona State

Jessica is the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) & Beyond Task Force Coordinator at Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory. In this role, she co-creates strategy and execution of projects related to the SDGs with an emphasis on driving tech-based green growth which scales now and beyond 2030. 

Fellowship Focus:
Jessica’s work explores the intersection of higher education community engagement with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals to inform how institutions can better incorporate the SDGs into engagement efforts across campus.

Matt Seto

University of
Washington Tacoma

Matt is the technical project manager in the Office of Community Partnerships at the University of Washington Tacoma. His background is as a software developer, working at several Seattle-area startups before moving back to Academia. Matt’s graduate work centered on applying cloud-computing solutions and automating processes to collect voluntarily generated spatial data and aggregate them through a pre-defined logic model

Fellowship Focus:
Matt is identifying new algorithms and methods for assessing the strength of relationships between internal and external partners using Collaboratory data. Matt’s work will identify common characteristics of ‘strong’ relationships, with the goal that practitioners can promote them in new and emerging partnerships.