For Faculty

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Faculty interested in community-connected teaching, learning, and research will find the Center for Community Engagement a valuable resource for accessing funding, identifying potential community partners, designing place-based experiential learning opportunities, sharing best practices, connecting with a community of practitioners, and more.

Community-Connected Teaching and Learning

The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) highlights the ten “high impact practices” based upon George Kuh’s research. "Service-learning" is one of these 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 of the classroom-- e.g. working across difference, collaborating as teams, developing oral and written skills, and much more. If you are interested in exploring related pedagogies and practices, please contact CCE Director Tiffany Nourse Sargent ’79. 

Funding

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 available for up to a maximum of $4,000, and typically range between $2,000-$3,000. Applications are due April 1st for projects to take place during the summer or following academic year.