Swearer Center Practitioner in Residence

The Swearer Center at Brown University offers a semester-long part-time residency program for leading community engagement practitioners who live in the Greater Providence area. This program is intended for distinguished and emerging leaders who are looking for room to reflect, build deeper connections with Brown University, explore academic and research insights and pursue new ideas in their areas of interest. The program is grounded in the Swearer Center’s belief that practitioners are co-creators of knowledge and offers an opportunity to share knowledge while developing new networks of local community leaders and thinkers.

Practitioner in Residence Role

The Practitioner in Residence will serve as a mentor, advisor and connector within the Swearer Center community at Brown and is expected to be on campus 20% or one full day per week.

Practitioners in this role:
● Develop a project of personal interest leveraging the resources and expertise at Brown for community impact.
● Provide programming and consultation to staff and students focused on deepening understanding of Providence communities and building community relationships.
● Offer student and/or staff development based on the practitioner’s areas of expertise and interest.
● Advise students through individual mentorship and by holding regular on campus office hours (at least two hours per week between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.).
● Serve as a Swearer Center liaison to the Providence community for external community workshops, talks and events.
● Participate in Swearer Center’s Community Advisory Committee and Community Partner Network activities.
● Convene at least one campus-based and one community-based presentation about their project.

Benefits
In addition to an opportunity to be a part of an extraordinary campus community, the Practitioner in Residence will have access to shared office space at the Swearer Center; access to Brown’s libraries and faculty members; and a stipend of $5,000 to support scholarly and community work. This is a non-teaching appointment that begins on January 9, 2018 and continues through June 1, 2018.

Why Brown?
Brown provides a vibrant, diverse research university with a particular commitment to exceptional undergraduate instruction. A hallmark of Brown’s education model is the open curriculum, which puts students in charge of their learning. Brown students are eager for advice, mentorship, and guidance from seasoned professionals who have experience in managing nonprofit organizations, addressing social justice challenges, and building just, equitable and peaceful communities.

To Apply for the Spring 2018 Semester
Send a cover letter, a resume and a vision statement for your project of personal interest and how you would leverage the resources at Brown and the Swearer Center to advance it. Please share how your residency would contribute to the Swearer Center Strategic Plan. Send all materials to betsy_shimberg@brown.edu by December 1, 2017.