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This page is for you, as a faculty member, to find out about the variety of ways that you can integrate community engagement into your research and teaching. This page houses resources, including research on the meanings and applications of “engaged scholarship” in higher education, both generally and at research universities. In addition, the resource section provides information on the design, implementation, and assessment of Academic Service-Learning courses and Community-Based Research. Finally, we include information about funding and award opportunities for faculty whose teaching and research incorporates civic and community engagement.

Here are some of the ways in which UM faculty and students are already connecting their academic endeavors with community engagement:
•  Academic Service-Learning Courses
•  Community-Based Research
•  Community-Based Projects

Major Initiatives and Opportunities

Engaged Faculty Fellows Program: This program is designed to incentivize the development of academic service-learning courses by awarding $2,500 summer stipends to five faculty members. Each fellow commits to creating a course that incorporates a significant component of civic engagement and service learning into the course curriculum.

Focus on Affordable Housing: Interested in the issue of affordable housing? Our Focus on Affordable Housing initiative for 2011-2012 brings together students, faculty, and community housing organizations to address strategies for improving housing options in Miami. Students can choose from numerous courses during the Fall and Spring semesters that relate to the issues of housing affordability, social inequality, and urban development that impact people’s access to housing. Check out these Fall 2011 courses that are associated with the initiative (a link for Spring 2012 courses will be added when available). Please let us know if you would like to link one of your upcoming courses to the Focus on Affordable Housing. In addition, several of our community partners have independent study and internship opportunities for students interested in affordable housing.  For a list of these opportunities, click here. Finally, our Office is sponsoring a series of panel discussions and lectures on the issue of affordable housing. All of our public programs are free and open to the public. Click here for a list of our public programs related to housing.

Southridge High School Partnership: UM History and English majors partner with Southridge High School teachers in history and language arts to enhance the curriculum, give guest lectures, and mentor students. Please feel free to share this opportunity with your students. Click here for the application for Spring 2012.

Gables Fellows Program: This is a paid internship with the City of Coral Gables that provides students with hands-on knowledge of the day-to-day operations of municipal government. Please feel free to share this opportunity with your students. For the application for the 2012-2013 academic year, click here.

Imagining America Research Collaborative on Civic Professionalism: The purpose of this research collaborative is to create a baseline of information regarding the role of civic engagement in undergraduate liberal arts education. To learn more about how Imagining America supports faculty research and community projects, click here.

Good Government Initiative: Developed by former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Katy Sorenson, this program trains newly elected officials in good governing practices and offers internship opportunities for UM students and opportunities for collaboration with UM faculty.

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Want to learn more about us? Visit our About Us page to learn about our mission, goals, and major initiatives, and to see how we work with faculty, students, and community organizations to foster engagement, learning, and scholarship.

Additional Faculty Resources
UM Guidelines for Off-Campus Service
UM Field Trip Release Form
Civic Learning Resources: American Association of Colleges and Universities
Engaged Scholarship: A Resource Guide
Engaged Scholarship Toolkit for Research Universities
Tenure Team Initiative: Imagining America
Assessing Practices of Public Scholarship: Imagining America
SLICE for Higher Education (Service-Learning Ideas and Curricular Examples)
Discipline Specific Resources for Service-Learning in Higher Education
Interdisciplinary Models of Academic Service-Learning
STEM Education and Academic Service-Learning
Evaluating Academic Service-Learning
The Engaged Community: Maximizing Community Impact
Campus Compact Study on Community Partnerships
Imagining America: Reports and Resources
Civic Professionalism Journal of Higher Education Outreach & Engagement
Assessment Tools for Service-Learning
Course Design: Workbook for Faculty (University of Michigan)
Syllabi: Examples and Tips (Campus Compact)
Oral Histories: Pinciples and Best Practices