Furman faculty have a deep history of community engagement through service learning courses, creative activity, teaching, research, and service. CEL works to support this ongoing work by helping to match community and faculty interest and expertise and support ongoing projects. We also provide opportunities for faculty, staff, students and community members to come together to discuss best practices and opportunities for collaboration and learning together.

Through the CEL faculty fellows program and associated programming, faculty also share strategies for integrating community-based work into courses and explore opportunities for interdisciplinary research. In 2017, the CEL selected its first cohort of faculty fellows who will serve as liaisons to gather examples and best practices from across campus and in the community. In the summer of 2017, the fellows participated in a 4-day seminar to collaborate and share experiences, meet with community partners to explore synergies, and share resource needs and priorities with CEL staff.

Do you currently have a project or community-based research ideas or would like to get connected to a community partner? Need student fellows, training for students, project support, or other CEL resources? Contact us.

The 2018-2019 CEL Faculty Fellows:

*Senior Fellow

The 2017-2018 CEL Faculty Fellows:

Community Guest Meal Ticket Program

CEL administers a Community Guest Meal Ticket Program for Furman faculty and staff. This program is intended to assist university employees as they host community partners and guests on campus.


  • One ticket is valid for one entry to Daniel Dining Hall.
  • Tickets can be requested by both faculty and staff.
  • This program is designed to promote community engagement activities. Examples of guests that qualify for a meal ticket include (but are not limited to):
    • Guest speakers for your classes
    • Community partners collaborating on a class project or research
    • Potential collaborators (exploring opportunities for partnership)
  • Tickets are not intended for faculty and staff members’ personal guests or vendors.
  • All applications will be reviewed by a CEL staff member.
  • CEL will issue a maximum of four meal tickets per request.
  • Please provide your request at least two business days in advance of the meeting.
  • Tickets can be picked up in the CEL office, Suite 112, in the Shi Center for Sustainability.
  • If, for some reason, you do not use the ticket(s) given to you, please return the ticket to our office.

To apply, please complete this application.