Evaluation of MSU's RCAH/CASTL Graduate Fellows Program

Understanding how graduate students in MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) / Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) program envision their professional responsibilities

MSU's commitment to the scholarship of engagement includes preparing the next generation of faculty to become engaged scholars. The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH), University Outreach and Engagement, the Graduate School, and other MSU units are collaborating with the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) Leadership Program in a unique initiative to support graduate student professional development.

NCSUE staff, in conjunction with evaluators from the Community Evaluation Research Collaborative (CERC), are conducting an evaluation of the RCAH/CASTL fellows program. The study aims to understand more about how graduate students envision their professional responsibilities in the scholarship of teaching and learning and the scholarship of engagement. Formative and summative evaluations will determine the extent to which the fellows program supports their development as engaged scholars.

Drawing upon the findings, NCSUE plans to engage other members of the CASTL collaborative as well as national audiences in a dialogue about effective models for promoting the scholarship and practice of engagement to graduate students. The study's findings will also be used to inform the development of a national certificate program for graduate students in engaged scholarship.

The Carnegie leadership program is open to doctoral students with interests in teaching, learning, engagement, and assessment in higher education who are enrolled in programs associated with participating MSU colleges (Arts and Letters, Social Science, Education, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Communication Arts and Sciences). RCAH/CASTL fellows participate in bi-weekly seminars, organize scholarly learning communities, and complete well-defined projects on the scholarship of teaching and learning and/or the scholarship of engagement for their professional portfolios.

For more information about this or other studies, please contact us at ncsue@msu.edu.