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Community-Engaged Learning

Faculty Funding for Community-Engaged Learning


CCESL offers DU faculty 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 support opportunities for implementation of service learning projects, development of community-engaged courses/activities or instructor communities (e.g., bringing together instructors who teach similar courses to develop collaborative ideas for community-engaged 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 community-engaged learning work. Applications for Mini-grants are reviewed on a rolling basis.

2015-2016 Community Engaged Learning Mini-Grant Application (PDF)

Service Learning Scholars

The Service Learning (SL) Scholars Program is for instructors who are new to service learning.  The training is geared towards appointed faculty (Tenure Track, Teaching, Clinical, and Visiting); however, a small number of seats may be reserved for Graduate Student PhD Candidates, Postdoctoral Fellows, or Adjunct Faculty. Participants will attend a 2-day workshop (December 1 and 2, 2015) and are expected to teach a service learning course in the academic year following this training. Appointed faculty are eligible to receive up to a $750 stipend for attending the 2-day training, $125 for attending a follow-up meeting in Spring Quarter, and a $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 for 2015-2016 has closed. Please check back next fall for 2016-2017 dates. 

2015-2016 Service Learning Program Application (PDF)

Engaged Practitioner

CCESL offers opportunities for appointed faculty members who have participated in the Service Learning Scholars program and/or who have experience implementing community-engaged learning classes or scholarly work. Generally, this program covers faculty registration fees and stipends. Previous activities have included brown bag lectures, short trainings and day-long workshops with fellow institutions. 

High-Impact STEM Education Conference - June 9-10, 2016

This opportunity is for DU faculty who are interested in exploring community-engaged teaching and/or learning to advance STEM education. Engaged practitioners will attend the High-Impact STEM Education conference hosted by Campus Compact of the Mountain West, Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) and DU's Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning. Faculty from across the disciplines are invited to engage in discussions throughout the conference on the intersections of undergraduate research, STEM-focused community engagement, sustainability across the disciplines, and STEM partnerships in the liberal arts. To learn more about the conference, visit the conference website.

High-Impact STEM Education Conference 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