A wide variety of resources are available online for faculty interested in developing and refining civic engagement courses.
Campus Compact, a national organization promoting and supporting engaged teaching and learning at more than 1000 campuses across the United States, maintains an excellent website chock full of resources and discussion on civic engagement. The Compact maintains a curated, searchable database of syllabi and assignments for community-engaged learning courses provides a valuable resource as you begin to develop your course. Their initiative, The Research University Civic Engagement Network, has published an excellent Engaged Scholar Toolkit for faculty which explores exploring the ways that community-engaged scholarship and teaching is factored into tenure and promotion decisions, including discussions about how to best leverage this work during a review.
Professional Development Resources
- The National Service Learning ClearinghouseThis site contains a searchable database of K-12 and higher education service-learning literature, information about events, listservs and Learn & Serve America efforts and links to a variety of service-learning information resources.
- New England Resource Center for Higher Education The site includes descriptions of NERCHE’s funded projects, including Faculty Professional Service. Also included are news updates, descriptions of think tanks and contact information.
- National Society for Experiential Education Includes information about various experiential education methods, including service-learning. Also includes membership and conference information, lists of publications and resources and a description of NSEE’s mission and history.
- Designing Research Based Courses A resource for the design of research based courses intended to engage students in real research projects that ask lab or field-based research questions whose outcomes are not known by teacher or students.
- Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning The MJCSL is a peer-reviewed academic journal containing papers written by faculty and service-learning educators on research, theory, pedagogy, and issues pertinent to the service-learning community. The site contains abstracts of MJCSL articles and information on subscribing and submitting manuscripts.
- The Journal of Public Service and Outreach The site for the Journal includes information about the Journal’s mission and information about subscribing to the Journal or submitting articles. You can subscribe electronically from the site.
- Towson University has published a Faculty Service-Learning Handbook which contains a great deal of useful information.
- The Association for American Colleges and Universities offers an extensive list of national organizations involved in promoting civic engagement in higher education.
- The Civic Engagement Center of Binghamton University offers an excellent list of community engaged learning related publications, organized by discipline and linked to the websites.