Faculty and Community Engagement

Faculty interested in community-connected teaching, learning, and research will find Community Engagement programs a resource for funding, potential community partners, and strategies for success.

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 and master skills that serve them well in and out of the classroom--supporting student mastery of skills that employers have deemed priorities--e.g., working across difference, collaborating as teams, developing oral and written skills, and much more. For ideas of potential community partners, click here.

Please contact 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.

NEW:  Follow Middlebury's Exploration of Engaged Learning

Click here for more information on Middlebury's latest initiatives, plus a lecture on the evolution of the Middlebury curriculum and a panel discussion on project-based learning. 


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 awarded 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. 

Resources: Community-Connected Teaching, Learning, and Research

The following resources may be useful as you pursue community-connected pedagogies:

Getting Started

Basic Principles of Community EngagementBasic Principles of Community Engagement

Best Practices

Community Engaged Scholarship

<p>Core Competencies for Community Engaged Scholarship</p>Core Competencies for Community Engaged Scholarship (CCPH)


 <p>Model for written reflection, by Edward Zlotkowski</p>Model of Written Reflection, Dr. Edward Zlotkowski

Core Elements of ReflectionCore Elements of Reflection