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Laura Napier: Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship

Laura Napier, wearing a dark shirt and glasses, in front of a green landscape

Stamps Lecturer Laura Napier has been named a University of Michigan Public Engagement Faculty Fellow for 2023. Napier is among 15 faculty members selected from across the University of Michigan for the program, which seeks to enhance and integrate public engagement in research and scholarship for broad societal impact. 

The Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship program was launched in 2020 to foster more – and more effective – faculty public engagement at the University of Michigan by helping faculty bolster their knowledge and skills and reflect on how public engagement aligns with their scholarly identity.

The effort includes creating an interdisciplinary, intergenerational learning community, as well as encouraging recognition of and experimentation with all forms of public engagement.

This year’s cohort of fellows will be able to consider new and innovative ways of translating their work into public impacts,” said Ellen Parakkat, program manager for the Public Engagement and Research Impacts team, which transitioned to OVPR from the Center for Academic Innovation in 2022.

The interdisciplinary community of scholars working toward the same goal of public engagement in a wide variety of creative and unexpected ways allows unique projects to take shape.”

Fifteen selected to be Public Engagement Faculty Fellows | The University Record