Community-Engaged Teaching

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

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.