For Faculty

Faculty and Community Engagement

Faculty interested in community-connected teaching, learning, and research will find the Center for Community Engagement programs a resource for funding, potential community partners, and information around Best practices.

Community-Connected Teaching and Learning

Connecting the classroom with the community can deepen students’ understanding of complex issues and their understanding of themselves as citizens. George Kuh’s research (AACU) demonstrates that teaching in this way is one of the ten “high impact practices” and an excellent means to help students learn how to apply what they are learning to “real world” challenges and opportunities/ Combining theory and practice within the classroom is a powerful pedagogical tool engaging faculty, students, and community members in the process. Students practice skills that serve them well in and out o f the classroom- e.g. working across difference, collaborating as teams, developing oral and written skills, and much more.

Please contact CCE Director Tiffany Nourse Sargent ’79 if you are interested in exploring how you might design a community-connected project-designed and/or engaged learning component in one or more of your course syllabi.


The Academic Outreach Endowment Fund provides financial support to both faculty and students for pursuits that involve community-connected teaching, learning, and research. Examples of these kinds of approaches include service-learning, community-based learning, participatory action research, and more. Grants are aware at a maximum of $4,000, and typically range between $2,000-$3,000. Applications are due April 1st for projects to take place that summer or following academic year.