Announcing the 2018-2019 Engaged Scholar Research Fellows

May 29, 2018

Iowa Campus Compact is excited to announce the 2018-2019 of Engaged Scholar Research Fellows. The program, in its second year, supports Iowa faculty in the scholarship of community-engaged teaching and learning. Each scholar will receive support for completing and publishing their research. This includes  sponsored participation in the 2018 Pen to Paper Writing Retreat being held this August in Seattle, Washington. This event is an academic writing retreat designed to guide faculty, professional staff, graduate students, and community partners working on (or planning for) journal manuscripts and registration is still open.

Dr. Inbal Mazar is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Drake University. Living in six countries sparked an appreciation for culture and she strives to share this
enthusiasm by promoting culture and building connections between students and local and international communities. As a fellow she will assess how community engagement affects confidence in language learning and the link between meaningful language interaction outside of the classroom and increased confidence in speaking and interacting in the language.


Dr. Megan Myers is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latinx Studies at Iowa State University. While Myers defines as a Caribbeanist and her primary research area involves literatures of the Hispanophone Caribbean and its diaspora, specifically Dominican literature, she also is actively engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Myers is currently working on two research projects involving undergraduate community engagement projects with local Latinx communities. As a fellow, she will assess the benefits of community-engaged courses for undergraduate students enrolled at large, public institutions.


Dr. Renee Penalver is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Coe College. She is a cognitive psychologist interested in how the bilingual experience impacts memory. Her research investigates how word frequency,
and bilingual language proficiency impact source memory. As a fellow, she will continue to partner with two aging services centers in Cedar Rapids  to create a Cognitive Health Program and study the impacts of community-engaged coursework on community health, especially related to preventing Alzheimer’s disease through language learning.


The fellows program is just one of the ways Iowa Campus Compact supports faculty teaching and scholarship. Learn more.