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Maverick Advantage Faculty Engagement Program (MAFE)

What is It?

The purpose of the Maverick Advantage Faculty Engagement (MAFE) program is to educate, prepare, and support faculty with integrating the Maverick Advantage into their academic courses, including research, internships, etc. through coursework. A Pilot Program was launched in the fall of 2019 through a cooperative effort within a collaborative board consisting of the MAFE leadership team, along with faculty and staff leaders.

MAFE Website

 Click here for info on obtaining the Maverick Advantage Course Designation


MAFE Faculty Fellows Program

What does a MAFE Faculty Fellow do?

  • Leads the larger faculty population in implementing the five Maverick Advantage initiatives into their teaching
  • Implements a Maverick Advantage Distinguishing Activity into at least one course
  • Recruits new Faculty Fellows from their Colleges to the MAFE initiatives
  • Educates faculty and work to stream MAFE throughout their college programs
  • Coordinates and participates in programs with directors of campus units related to the Maverick Advantage (i.e. Lockheed Martin Career Development Center, Follet Student Leadership Center, Office of Research, Office of International Education, Center for Service Learning. and others)

How do I Get information on the MAFE Faculty Fellows Program, and how do i apply to be a fellow?

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Integration of the Maverick Advantage Distinguishing Activities into Academic Courses 


Global experiences provide meaningful interaction with the world, whether abroad or within your own “glocal” community. These experiences help students develop global competencies and enhance cross-cultural understanding.  

Examples of global engagement in academic courses may include having students: 

  • Take part in a study abroad experience 
  • Virtually connect on a program with people in another culture or country 
  • Become involved in a world event 
  • Work on multicultural projects within the local community 


Career development experiences enable students to explore, engage, and develop through experiential activities that enable them to reach lifelong professional and personal success. It involves building and enhancing proficiencies and knowledge that will advance students’ careers - time and conflict management, team planning and development, marketable skills, experience in diverse environments, and more. 

Examples of career development in academic courses may include having students:  

  • Build their resume, actively participate in a career expo, or take part in mock interviews 
  • Do an internship, participate in field experiences and clinicals 
  • Do public speaking engagements within their field of study and/or present at meetings and conferences related to their future goals 
  • Develop a professional network through professional organizations within their college and beyond 


Leadership experiences help students discover personal strength and gain essential competencies employers are looking for. These experiences foster skills and qualities such as mentorship, inclusive interaction with diverse groups of people, integrity, and relationship-building that support them on a journey to becoming an effective leader.   

Examples of leadership development in academic courses may include having students:  

  • Work in a team 
  • Lead a class project  
  • Present at a conference  
  • Be a committee representative 


Community engagement happens within and beyond the boundaries of campus through intentional experiences in academic courses. Through service learning and experiential projects, students and nonprofit agencies form a reciprocal relationship, which fosters an awareness of civic and personal challenges, creates growth of mind and heart, and spurs innovation and skills.  

Examples of community engagement (service learning) in academic courses may include having students: 

  • Help a local nonprofit reach their goals 
  • Collaborate with a UTA department to fulfill their needs 
  • Work with a municipality to learn how to be civically engaged  
  • Support educational initiatives within the community 


Research is a priority from undergraduate through doctoral and post-doctoral levels and can be conducted through classes across multiple disciplines.  

Examples of undergraduate research in academic courses may include having students: 

  • Collect data through surveys and personal interviews, then analyze their findings and relate the data to course content.  
  • Conduct naturalistic observations in an organization, social setting, etc. 
  • Develop original works through creative practice and activities 
  • Participate in research through a variety of methodologies 

MAFE Pilot Program 2019-2020 - MAFE Collaborative Board

MAFE Leadership Team

  • Dr. Ann Cavallo -  Assistant Vice Provost and Director, Center for Research on Teaching and Learning Excellence
  • Dr. Andrew Clark - Associate Director of CRTLE and QEP Director
  • Susan Dequeant - CSL Service Learning Director/MAFE Program Lead
  • Lucinda Buhrkuhl - Coordinator II, Special Programs, Center for Research on Teaching and Learning Excellence

2019-2020 Maverick Advantage Leadership

  • Lolin Martins-Crane - Lockheed Martin Career Development Center
  • Kenyatta Dawson - Office of Research
  • Adam Sichta - Office of International Education
  • Susan Dequeant - Center for Service Learning
  • Dr. Danielle Klein – Division of Student Success/New Student Courses
  • Loretta Pequeno- Director, The Follett Student Leadership Center

2020-2021 MAFE Faculty Fellows

  • Estee Beck - Assistant Professor, Department of English

  • Grace Brannon - Assistant Professor, Department of Communication
  • Rebekah Chojnacki -Adjunct Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Rebecca Garner - Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology
  • Oswald Jenewein  - Assistant Professor, School of Architecture
  • Ritu Khanduri - Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Tiffany Kindratt  - Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology
  • Danielle Klein-Director, New Student Courses, Division of Student Success
  • Andrew Milson - Professor, Department of History
  • Colton Strawser - Lecturer, Department of Communication
  • Shelley Wigley -  Associate Professor, Department of Communication

2019-2020 MAFE Faculty Fellows

  • Cindy Kilpatrick, Linguistics/TESOL - Global Connections (COLA)
  • Joshua Nason, Architecture - Global Connections (CAPPA)
  • LaDonna Aiken, Communication – Community Engagement/Service Learning (COLA)
  • Pam Johnson, Social Work – Community Engagement/Service Learning (SOCW)
  • Jerry Hubbard, Business - Leadership Development (COBA)
  • Jaime Cantu, Industrial Engineering - Leadership Development (COE)
  • Joyce Myers, Education - Career Development (EDUC)
  • Karishma Chatterjee, Communication – Undergraduate Research (COLA)
  • Kyrah Brown, Public Health – Undergraduate Research (CONHI)



Center for Research on Teaching and Learning Excellence (CRTLE)

Office of the Provost – Division of Faculty Affairs