Student-Faculty Engagement Programs

Our Goals

Engaging our academic colleagues in ongoing collaborations is a divisional core value. To that end, the Campus Life offers two signature programs - Faculty Fellows and Student/Faculty Interaction (SFI) Grants – these strive to:

  • Connect UA students to the faculty and to the UA community
  • Create an individual experience for students
  • Help students apply their classroom knowledge to real world situations


The Faculty Fellows is a group of outstanding UA faculty dedicated to undergraduate student engagement. The University of Arizona established the Faculty Fellows program decades ago to effectively involve students in research, collaborative projects, career-readiness efforts and community outreach.

Each Fellow is assigned a campus site for the academic year and spends time at that site each week, building connections and relationships with students outside of the classroom.

Faculty Fellows:

  • Create avenues for student/faculty relationship building;
  • Help make a large school feel much smaller; and
  • Foster students’ connection to UA as a whole.

The Faculty Fellows Program is suspended for 2020-2021


Student/Faculty Interaction (SFI) Grants award grants up to $500 to instructors to fund activities enhancing the curriculum being taught in their courses, deepening learning and enhancing student/faculty relationships.

We value access and inclusion in these important projects, and applicants are encouraged to demonstrate how they have considered universal design and sustainability in their planning.

Grant objectives support our strategic plan and core institutional values and applications are assessed accordingly. Each SFI Grant funded activity accomplishes one of more of the following:

  1. Wildcat Journey: SFI Grants aligned with this objective will create opportunities to support students holistically toward a more successful UA experience. SFI funded projects under this outcome will:

    • Fosters health and wellness (financial, social, emotional, academic, etc.)
    • Provides direct exposure to research and/or experiential learning
    • Connect students to diverse campus resources and academic units
    • Supports career readiness and life post-graduation

    Examples of past SFI funded projects: UCSB Undergraduate Research Poster Session, Career Readiness Panel with the School of Accountancy, College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, Art Exhibits in local community venues, etc.

  2. Grand Challenges: In support of UA’s Research-I designation, SFI grant applicants are encouraged to plan events for students to cultivate problem solving skills and critical thinking to find innovative solutions to the grand challenges we face as we enter the 4th Industrial Revolution.

    • Partnering with the local and global community to explore upcoming challenges and opportunities in the future.
    • Increased access to technological advancements and the application of digital literacy

    Examples of past SFI Grants: El Rio Health Fair, EEG purchases for research at UA South, Primate Facilities Visit for ASCB students, etc.

  3. Arizona Advantage: In support of UA’s land-grant mission with specific goals to promote social, cultural, and economic wellbeing of students, UA, and the local community, grant applications should include at a minimum one of the following:

    • Fulfills the University’s designation as a land-grant institution
    • Contributes to the designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution
    • Urges Civic Engagement and Community Involvement
    • Facilitates inclusive experiences/cultural understanding
    • Engages fine arts

    Examples of past SFI Grants: Attending a Borderlands Theater production to see representation on stage, Social Justice Symposium, Wildcat Writers, Trip to Carnegie Hall

  4. Arizona Global: As UA becomes increasingly global in our footprint, we encourage grants that promote global citizenship and UA’s commitment to international education and exchange.

    • Promotes the University’s commitment to global outreach and appreciation
    • Funds activities that celebrates and appreciates diverse cultures
    • Prepares UA students to become global citizens both during and after their time at the UA

    Examples of past SFI Grants: MENAS cultural activities, Paris Trip (aka Harlem Renaissance), Google virtual reality, cultural cooking demonstrations


The SFI Grant awards process:

Due to budget and pandemic complexities, the SFI Grant Program is suspended for 2020-2021


Amanda Kraus
Assistant Vice President
Campus Life