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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 (Fall 2018)

NEW for 2018!

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: September 27, 2018 (noon-4 p.m.) and September 28, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.). at Drake University. 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: Applications accepted on a rolling basis, this experience is limited to 10 instructors and 10 community partners. Don’t have a community partner? Contact for ideas.

Tentative Agenda

Thursday, Sept. 27

12:00 pm          Lunch – Introductions and Big Questions

12:30 pm          History and Evolution

1:00 pm            Community Engagement and Service-Learning Models and Outcomes

1:30 pm            Critical Service Learning and Civic Agency

2:30 pm            Course Goals and Learning Outcomes

3:45 pm            Closing

Friday, Sept. 28, 8:30 am to 4 pm
8:30 am            Reflections on Thursday

9:00 am            Critical Reflection and Assessment

10:00 am          Examples of Community-Engaged Course Successes and Lessons Learned

11:30 am          Syllabus Work Time and Discussion

12:30 pm          Lunch with Community Partners

1:30 pm            Strong and Sustainable Community Partnerships

2:00 pm            Community Partner/Faculty Work Time

3:45 pm            Share Out and Wrap Up

CEL Basics learning community (Fall 2018)

CEL Basics: Building Skills for Effective Community Engagement

When: Mondays 1:30–3 p.m., Sept 17, Sept 24, Oct 1, Oct 29, Nov 5

Description: Facilitated by Anisa Fornoff, associate professor of pharmacy practice, this program will form a learning community to discuss best practices in community engaged learning and explore how it may enhance student learning in the classroom. The group will meet five times throughout the fall 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, Drake’s Office of Community Engagement will organize a project that will allow participants to actively explore the process of learning through 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, unfortunately the application for this experience is now closed. If you'd like to be considered for the future, please email

Global Service-Learning Seminar (Fall 2018-Spring 2019)

The Global Service-Learning (GSL) Professional Development Travel Seminar is a 9-month professional development opportunity for faculty and staff who are interested in integrating service-learning or community engaged learning practices in a course that addresses issues of global relevance, whether that be abroad or in our local community. Participants will become part of the Drake GSL Community, a group of faculty, staff, and administrators who support global service initiatives at Drake.

Faculty and staff from all disciplines are encouraged to apply, but must have an interest in developing or enhancing:

  • a travel seminar or alternative spring break that includes service-learning, or
  • a global service-learning course on campus, or
  • a community engaged learning experience that includes issues of global relevance.

The goal of the cohort is to include faculty and staff from a variety of disciplines in order to build a variety of GSL options for students, as well as enhance collaboration and partnership opportunities in the GSL Community. Preference will be given to applicants who have previously participated in Drake sponsored community engaged learning development opportunities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and develop a philosophy of global engagement and global service-learning
  • Develop interest and excitement for integration of global service-learning, including methods for developing opportunities for critical reflection
  • Analyze and apply the role of community voice and collaboration
  • Identify sources of learning during the travel seminar experience and assess the strengths and weaknesses of those sources
  • Critically reflect on the process of global engagement and its role in cultural understanding
  • Communicate knowledge gained through scholarship and teaching

Required Meeting Dates:

  • Sept 27, Noon-4 p.m., Lunch and afternoon Engaged Faculty Workshop
  • Sept 28, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Critical Reflection and Course Examples Workshop
  • November, February, and March, Pre-departure sessions (Dates TBD)
  • March 16-23, 2019, Travel seminar to Guadalajara, Mexico, based at Tecnologico de Monterrey (partner institution)
  • April, May, Re-entry sessions (Dates TBD)
  • August 2019, Present at the Provost's Learning Symposium or similar related conference or presentation on campus

 Program participation includes:

  • Round-trip flight from Des Moines to Guadalajara
  • Meals from breakfast on Saturday March 16-lunch on Saturday March 23
  • Accommodation for 7 nights in Guadalajara; shared room
  • Service-learning activities and site visits
  • Transportation for program sponsored activities
  • Workshops and learning community sessions (pre, during, and post travel seminar)
  • Cultural activities


  • $750 stipend for the time participants are investing into the program

To Apply:
The application cycle for 2018-2019 is now closed. If you are intersted in exploring Global Service-Learning pedagogy please email

Mini Workshops

The Office of Community Engaged Learning is sponsoring three faculty development opportunities this month. No RSVP is required, but it is appreciated for planning purposes. If you are interested in attending any of the following sessions, please contact


Implementing Community Engaged Learning 101

Friday, October 19, 1-2pm, Aliber 110

This workshop is for those new/inexperienced with community engaged learning, service-learning, and other forms of community-based pedagogy. This session will highlight the value and benefits of Community Engaged Learning (CEL), overview what CEL looks like here at Drake, share models and course examples, and explore the concept of the Civic Minded Graduate.


Tips, Tricks & Tools for Facilitating Reflection in the Classroom

Friday, October 26, 2:30-4pm, Aliber 112
Many know that reflection is important, but struggle to know how to structure reflection. If this sounds familiar, then this is the workshop for you! Participants will engage in hands on activities and reflection strategies that can be used to guide student learning. TOPICS covered include: introductions & icebreakers, ground rules (communication guidelines, establishing a friendly environment, learning agreement), importance of reflection, and specific reflection ideas.


Meet the Partners Networking Event & Social

Monday, October 29, 3-4pm (partners available), 4-5pm (open sharing of ideas for CEL), Olmsted room 310
Have you been interested in developing a community project for your course, but you are having trouble connecting with a non-profit? Come meet some of our partners and network with other faculty interested in community-engaged learning. Beer, Wine and light snacks will be served. Cash Bar (attendees get 1 Free Drink Ticket).


Confirmed Community Partners include:

Children and Family Urban Movement

Lutheran Services in Iowa

Wesley Life Adult Day Services

Urban Dreams

Greater Des Moines Habitat


Eat Greater Des Moines

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Amanda the Panda

Head Start



Online Engaged Faculty Institute (coming mid fall)

Coming mid Fall 2018!!

Purpose of the Institute
This six-week online workshop will focus on incorporating service-learning and community engagement activities into a variety of types of online courses in ways that align with course learning goals, enhance student growth and civic awareness, and strengthen communities. The institute is an adaptation of the Engaged Faculty Institute curriculum developed by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health in collaboration with Campus Compact offices in California and the Mountain West, and is designed specifically for online courses.

Goal of the Institute
The goal for participants is to understand engaged pedagogies and work on designing a community-engaged online course or course model.

Target Audience

  • Instructors teaching online or blended courses (including tenure, tenure-track, adjunct, part-time, etc.)
  • Teaching and learning staff/faculty, instructional designers, and others supporting course development

Over a six-week period, weekly two-hour sessions will provide research, models, best practices, and other information to support the design of high-quality community-engaged courses. Participants can join synchronously for discussion or watch recorded content asynchronously. Reading and course design activities will be assigned between sessions to encourage implementation and offer concrete feedback and discussion opportunities.

Session 1 – Community engagement history, models, and outcomes

Session 2 – Critical service-learning and cultural competence

Session 3 – Creating projects and partnerships

Session 4 – Developing course goals, objectives, and learning outcomes

Session 5 – Critical reflection and assessment

Session 6 – Sustainability and advancement

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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