What is Community-Engaged Teaching?
Community-engaged methods differ from approaches that emphasize one-way applications of academic expertise to community problems. Community engagement is a method, a strategic approach to teaching, scholarship (research, creative work) and service to address public problems through collaborative community partnerships, where community partners are involved in courses that:
• Are reciprocal, mutually beneficial
• Share risk, benefit, responsibility
• Can be local, national, and/or global
• With diverse entities (e.g., non-profit, government, private sector)
Funding for Community-Engaged Teaching
Community-Engaged (CE) Teaching Funds are designed to support instructors to be innovative in developing and promoting their community-engaged teaching. CCESL has combined multiple funding opportunities into a single, universal application. These funds support:
Community-engaged class projects
Development of community-engaged courses
Institutional capacity building (e.g., bringing together instructors who teach similar courses to develop collaborative ideas for community-engaged activities)
Community-Engaged Student Assistants
Professional development (e.g., scholarship of teaching and learning for community-engaged teaching)
Visit our Public Impact Blog to view more stories of community engagement.
Resource to aid in community-engaged teaching: Community-Engaged Learning Syllabus Rubric
Appointed faculty, adjunct faculty, postdoctoral and graduate student instructors may apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.Learn More & Apply
Past Funded Work
Learn about some of the research and scholarship work funded by Community-Engaged (CE) grants, previously known as Community-Engaged Learning Mini Grants.
Note: CCESL programs, including this one, undergo an antiracist, anti-oppression review at least annually. In 2020, the review process led to revision of the program description and application materials; changes in the composition of review committee to include 1-2 community members; the addition of training for grant reviewers as well as information sessions for potential applicants.