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Thank you for nominating a UC Faculty Member to the Academic Advisory Board of the University of California National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement.

The  UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement, founded in 2017, is committed to exploring how the fundamental democratic and academic principles of free speech and civic engagement can enrich the discovery and transmission of knowledge in America’s colleges and universities. Through research, advocacy, debate and discussion, the Center is dedicated to ensuring that the next generation of leaders is prepared to understand, defend and advance these values. It is hard to imagine a time when the issues of expression and democratic learning are more urgent.

An integral part of the Center is its  Academic Advisory Board  (AAB).  This Board is comprised of at least one member from each UC campus, and our goal is to have it reflect the diversity of the University community. We encourage applications from faculty representing varied disciplines, experiences and personal backgrounds. 

Appointments to the Board are for 3 years.

Responsibilities of Board members include: 

  • Advising the Center on its research and programming initiatives, including annual selection of Fellows and VOICE (Valuing Open and Inclusive Conversation and Engagement) grantees;
  • Serving as a liaison between Center Fellows and appropriate campus resources in order to advance the Fellows’ research.  AAB members will also help arrange opportunities (i.e. public talks, roundtables, classroom visits) for the Fellows to share their expertise. Due to COVID-19, the “residency” component of this year’s fellowship will take place virtually, until further notice;
  • Contributing to the Center’s Speech Spotlight and Ask the Experts series or participating in Center programming when appropriate;
  • Attending at least two meetings per academic year (all virtual, currently).

AAB members are invited to join the Center for its annual #SpeechMatters conference hosted in Washington, D.C. (travel and lodging is covered by the Center). Currently, this year’s #SpeechMatters event will be hosted online. 

Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by others. Nominations include a one-page statement of qualifications and interest.  Nominations are due by December 2, 2021.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact freespeechcenter@uci.edu

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