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Community-Engaged Learning

Faculty Funding for Community-Engaged Learning


CCESL offers DU instructors a variety of ways to get involved with community-engaged learning including:

  • Mini-Grants
  • Service Learning Scholars
  • Engaged Practitioner
  • Service learning Associate

Community-Engaged Learning Mini-Grants

Community-Engaged Learning Mini-grants are available to instructors to support service learning projects, development of community-engaged courses/activities, and professional development (e.g., conference presentations for scholarship of teaching and learning). This funding mechanism is designed to allow instructors to be innovative in developing and promoting their service learning work. Applications for Mini-Grants are reviewed on a rolling basis.*

2014-2015 Community Engaged Learning Mini-Grant Application (PDF)

Service Learning Scholars

The Service Learning Scholars Program is for instructors who are new to service learning. Participants will attend a 2-day workshop (December 4 and 5, 2014), for which they will receive a $750 stipend. In addition, participants are expected to attend a follow-up meeting in Spring Quarter, for which they will receive a $125 stipend. Instructors are expected to teach a service learning course in the academic year following this training; and are eligible to receive an additional $125 stipend when they submit a syllabus from their newly developed (or revised) service learning course after teaching the course at least once. The application period has been extended. Limited seats remaining; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

2014-2015 Service Learning Program Application (PDF)

Engaged Practitioner

Faculty members already doing community-engaged work are invited to apply to the Engaged Practitioners Workshop on Presenting Community-Engaged Scholarship for Reviews. This 2-hour workshop over lunch (12:00-2:00PM), led by Dr. Barbara Holland on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, will focus on strategies for documenting, framing, and presenting community-engaged scholarship in review processes, including tenure and promotion. Participants receive stipends of $250 for attending the workshop as well as $125 for attending a follow up meeting (date in Winter/Spring TBA). Limited seats remaining; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

2014-2015 Engaged Practitioner Program Application (PDF)

Service Learning Associate

Instructors who have participated in the Service Learning Scholars/Engaged Faculty Institute program and/or who have experience implementing community-engaged learning classes are eligible for the Service Learning Associate (SLA) Program. Students who have previously taken service learning classes receive training to become SLAs. SLAs then work with faculty to support the implementation of the service learning components of classes. Requests for SLAs are reviewed on a rolling basis until all placements have been made.

For more information, please see our Service Learning Associates page, or contact Cara DiEnno at