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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 (December 2020 and January 2021)

The Engaged Faculty Institute is a two-week, online, asynchronous learning experience for those interested in teaching community-engaged courses. The institute works best for those who are ready to design or re-design at least one specific community-engaged course and is open to all faculty (tenured/tenure-track and instructors). Instructors from Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact member institutions can participate at no cost. Those from non-member campuses can participate for a $250 fee. Contact Emily Shields for more information. Instructors and their community partners also have the opportunity to earn a $250 stipend (for each instructor and partner) for institute participation for courses that will be taught by Spring 2022. 

2020-2021 Scheduled Institutes:

  • December 4-21, 2020, application deadline November 23
  • January 8-25, 2021, application deadline January 4

Apply now. 

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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 

Community Engagement Learning Community

(FALL 2020 has been postponed due to Covid-19)

The goal of the learning community is to support the planning stages of course development and implementation. We seek a cohort of 8 faculty who are interested in enhancing an existing course or creating a new course that includes a community engagement project (local, global, or online; with or without an identified community partner). Community engagement projects include a variety of modalities (service-learning, remote community engagement, public advocacy projects, community-based research, etc). We hope to include faculty from a range of disciplines. 

 Experience with community engagement is necessary to participate and preference will be given to faculty working on a course they are teaching this academic year. Instructors who have previously participated in the CEL Basics, GSL Seminar or an Iowa Campus Compact Engaged Faculty Institute are encouraged to apply!  

 The one-semester learning community commitment will begin at the end of August and includes: 

  • A $1000 stipend for the semester’s work. The first $500 provided after meeting individually with the facilitators before the semester and the remaining $500 supplied upon completion of a brief report at semester end.  
  • Working with the CEL Fellows, Sandi Patton-Imani and Sara Johnston, on the development of a community engagement assignment, activities, or a project for a current or new course.  
  • Meeting no later than the first or second week of the semester with the Fellows to discuss the assignment and project as well as issues related to instruction. 
  • Attending 60-minute meetings of all participants in the program in October and November 2020 and a final wrap up session in late November or early December. 

 Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. To apply for the learning community, please complete this short form by Aug 1.  

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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