Workshops & Training


Community-Engaged Teaching 101

Community-Engaged Teaching 101 is for instructors who are new to community-engaged teaching. Participants will take part in training designed to increase knowledge about community-engaged pedagogy as well as prepare faculty to use best practices for community engagement in their courses. Participants are also asked to submit a syllabus from their newly developed (or revised) community-engaged course after teaching the course at least once. View a syllabus rubric used to evaluate and structure community-engaged learning here.

Participants will also receive:

  • $600 stipend for attending the full training. 

  • $125 stipend for attendees who submit a syllabus for a newly developed (or revised) community-engaged course upon completion of teaching the course. 

The application for the Summer 2023 CET 101 Workshop is now open. Deadline to apply is June 5th, 2023.

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Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice are small cohorts of cross-campus faculty who are experienced community-engaged teachers. Each community of practice focuses on a unique theme related to community engagement, and creates space to do communal reflection, collective problem-solving, and knowledge-sharing related to that topic. 

Each community of practice will meet twice each quarter to explore and reflect upon ongoing learning and challenges. At the culmination of their year together, the communities of practice will have the opportunity to share their learning with the DU community at a Public Good Celebration. The structure and format of this forum will be determined by the community of practice. Each participant will also submit a written reflection with the option to have it published in a special issue of CCESL’s Public Good Impact. Participants will receive $250/quarter.

The 2022-2023 Communities of Practice application is now closed.

Current Communities of Practice:
  • The Activist Academic 

    Inspired by The Activist Academic: Engaged Scholarship for Resistance, Hope and Social Change by Colette Cann and Eric DeMeulenaere, this community of practice will explore how to merge activism with academia and what it means to be an ‘activist academic’. Conversations will center critical reflection as faculty support each other in navigating difficulties, hope, and passion for change in academia. Participants will receive a copy of the book.  


    Paula Cole, Teaching Professor, Economics 


    IRISE and OTL

  • Creating Synergy in Community Engagement

    How can community-engaged faculty members cooperate to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects? From co-teaching a course across disciplines, to teaching separate classes that tackle a common community-identified need, faculty members across DU are collaborating in unique ways for the benefit of both their students and community partners. This community of practice will explore the specific challenges and opportunities that present themselves when we aim to create synergy in community engagement. We’ll bring together experienced practitioners and newcomers in a supportive environment as they build the community, skills, and knowledge needed to create these transformational collaborations.  



2021-2022 Communities of Practice:
  • Engaging Onward

    How do we, individually as instructors and collectively as colleagues, spring forward from these tumultuous times in ways that build abundance and justice for ourselves, our students, and communities through our courses? This community of practice creates space for communal reflection, collective problem-solving, and knowledge-sharing as we navigate where our community-engaged teaching has been and where we would like it to go.



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Eats & Engagement - A Faculty Learning Series

Informal, conversational style meet ups for faculty to give and get feedback and advice around a specific topic (lead by faculty luminaries) while enjoying some meals or snacks.

Check out our News & Events page for upcoming sessions. 


2022-2023 Eats & Engagements: 
  • 2/15/2023 - Creating Synergies

    How can community-engaged faculty members cooperate to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects? Faculty members are invited to discuss, share ideas, and explore how to collaborate in unique ways that benefit both students and community partners; from co-teaching a course across disciplines, to teaching separate classes that tackle a common community-identified need. Lunch will be provided. 

    Time: 12:00-1:30 PM

    Location: Community Commons Ste 1100 (CCOM 1100)

  • 11/3/2022 - Drug Treatment Courts, Due Process, & Jail Sanctions

    Drug treatment courts are specialized criminal tribunals that are aimed at providing long-term treatment services to offenders with severe substance use disorders as an alternative to prison or community corrections. But in the everyday practices of steering their participants towards living a more productive life, the jail sanctions imposed as a component of these programs may be stripping participants of their due process protections in the name of doing good.

    Facilitated by Michael D. Sousa, J.D., LL.M., M.A., Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Law | University of Denver Sturm College of Law

    Time: 12:00-1:30 PM

    Location: Community Commons Ste 1100 (CCOM 1100)

2021-2022 Eats & Engagements:

Note: All CCESL programs, including these, undergo an antiracist, anti-oppression review at least annually. This year, changes were made to program materials and applications based on that review.