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Trainings & Conferences

Faculty Development opportunities range from one-on-one consultations to formal fellowships. Don't see what you're looking for, contact to learn more.

Associations & Organizations

  • Iowa Campus Compact: State-wide coalition of colleges and universities committed to the civic mission of higher education
  • National Campus Compact: National coalition of colleges and universities committed to the civic mission of higher education.
  • Bringing Theory to Practice: Supporting and encouraging liberal education in linking the learning, well-being and civic development of students.
  • AAC&U LEAP: Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) is a national public advocacy and campus action initiative. LEAP champions the importance of a liberal education—for individual students and for a nation dependent on economic creativity and democratic vitality.

Professional Conferences on Community Engagement

The University of Virgina Commonwealth keeps an updated list of Professional Conferences on Community Engagement on their website.

Additional Conference Opportunities include:

Iowa Campus Compact

National Society for Experiential Education

Engaged Faculty Institute (May 2020)

This two-day institute, brought to us by Iowa Campus Compact, will focus on incorporating community engagement activities into courses in ways that align with course learning goals, enhance student growth and civic awareness, and strengthen our community. The workshop is based on the Engaged Faculty Institute curriculum

When: May 27, 2020 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and May 28, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.). at Iowa Campus Compact Headquarters (1111 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50314)
Lunch and snacks will be provided both days.

Description:  This seminar will dive into the components and practices of quality and rigorous community engagement, as well as the opportunity to connect directly with community partners to co-create courses and/or research projects. It’s structured for those who are interested in designing a service-learning project with their community partner. 

Compensation: If accepted, you and your community partner will receive $250 for your time related to attending the institute, implementing a service-learning course, and helping us to plan future institutes.  

Apply:  Application will be accepted on a rolling basis, this experience is limited to 5 instructors and 5 community partners. To Apply, please complete the online form.

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Tentative Agenda Topics include:

  • History and Evolution of Community Engaged Learning
  • Community Engagement and Service-Learning Models and Outcomes
  • Critical Service Learning and Civic Agency
  • Course Goals and Learning Outcomes
  • Critical Reflection and Assessment
  • Examples of Community-Engaged Course Successes and Lessons Learned
  • Syllabus Work Time and Discussion
  • Strong and Sustainable Community Partnerships
  • Community Partner/Faculty Work Time

CEL Basics learning community (Spring 2020)

CEL Basics: Building Skills for Effective Community Engagement

When: TBD upon cohort availability

Description: Facilitated by the Slay Faculty Fellow for Community Engaged Learning, this learning community meets to discuss best practices in community engaged learning and explore how CEL enhances student learning in the classroom. The group meets five times throughout the semester, for 90 minutes each meeting, to discuss the book “Service-Learning Essentials: Questions, Answers, and Lessons Learned” by Barbara Jacoby and apply the knowledge learned in this book to effectively connect classroom learning and community engagement. For one meeting, participants will participate in a hands-on service project with a local community organization. Participants with prior service-learning knowledge are welcome, as well as those who may be interested in gaining new ideas for integrating community engagement into their classrooms for the first time.

Compensation: A stipend of $250 will be provided to each participant at the conclusion of the semester. This opportunity will be limited to eight participants and a copy of the book will be provided.

Apply: Thank you for your interest, the application for this learning community will be available in January 2020. If you'd like to be added to the announcement list, please email

The IACC Research Fellows Program has allowed me the chance to gain a deeper understanding of service-learning pedagogy and research.  During the Pen-to-Paper writing workshop, I was able to pitch ideas to journal editors and received personal mentorship.  It is amazing to be supported by such passionate and knowledgeable service-learning experts. 

Sally Haack, PharmD, BCPS
Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences: Drake University

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