CUMU is a leading voice and forum for current and future generations of higher education leaders grounded in urban and metropolitan communities. Our member campuses are on the leading edge of critical issues in higher education and society. The power of CUMU is that we connect and convene these campuses to explore, create and disseminate knowledge that supports our campuses and the communities they serve.

Current research fellows

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CUMU Impact Fellowship

The CUMU Impact Fellowship provides leadership on behalf of the CUMU membership on initiatives related to impact, data, and metrics in institutional and/or regional impact.

Michelle Meggs named 2024 CUMU Impact Fellow

CUMU–Collaboratory Research Fellowship

The CUMU–Collaboratory Research Fellowship explores campus-community partnerships on a national scale. Practitioner-scholars leverage Collaboratory Data to advance knowledge around campus-community partnerships. Fellowships help advance research and programmatic ideas that correlate with ongoing CUMU and Collaboratory initiatives. Paul Kuttner is the 2023 CUMU-Collaboratory Fellow.


CUMU–Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Research Fellow

This CUMU–Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Research Fellow advances scholarship by leveraging the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Anchor Economy Dashboard, a digital tool showing anchor impacts for the entire U.S. by region and introducing a new reliance index, demonstrating how dependent regional economies are on these institutions.

Josie Gatti Schafer named CUMU–Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Research Fellow

Previously funded research

Research Fellow: Lina D. Dostilio, EdD, Associate Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement, University of Pittsburgh, 2019 CUMU Research Fellow

Research Team: Mary L. Ohmer, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh; Kara McFadden, Research and Evaluation Associate, University of Pittsburgh; Sera Mathew, PhD, Assistant Professor, Point Park University; Carrie Finkelstein, Graduate Student Assistant, University of Pittsburgh

Funded by The Kresge Foundation

Research Lead: The Center for Community Planning & Development at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University

Lead Author: Molly Schnoke, Project Manager, Community Planning and Development and Levin College Forum Program

Funded by The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Research Lead: Homelessness Research and Action Collaborative (HRAC), Portland State University

Lead Authors: Marisa Zapata, PhD, Associate Professor of Land-Use Planning and Director, HRAC, Portland State University; and Jacen Greene, Co-Founder and Assistant Director, HRAC, Portland State University

Funded by The Annie E. Casey Foundation and The Kresge Foundation