Consultative approaches

Teaching, researching, and collaborating with diverse communities creates opportunities for learning and creative problem solving that often challenge our prior assumptions and practices. The Center for Service and Learning (CSL) is ready to support you in finding and nurturing these opportunities.  Our staff are experienced professionals in both the practice of and scholarship on community engagement.

We provide an array of consultative services available to faculty, staff, and administrators interested in integrating community engagement into their research, teaching, or public service. CSL staff also work with departments, programs, and schools to support them in advancing an integrated community engagement agenda and creating supportive environments for community-engaged scholars.

Our consultative approaches include the following:

  • One-on-one consultations—New to community-engaged teaching? Struggling with student evaluations of your service learning course? Having trouble demonstrating the value of your engaged teaching or research? CSL staff are available for individual faculty consultation across a range of topics related to engaged scholarship and practice.
  • To-your-door workshops—If you have a topic of interest for a group of faculty and staff in your unit, a CSL staff member can bring our expertise to you.
  • Variety of topics—Workshop topics include:
    • Course and program design
    • Student learning assessment
    • Reflection as and for learning
    • Civic learning and development
    • Community partnership development and sustainability
    • Documenting public scholarship
    • Scholarship of teaching and learning
    • Capacity for building for community collaboration
    • Disciplinary models of community-engaged teaching
    • Community-engaged and community-based research as teaching
    • Cultivating academic homes for engaged scholars
  • Communities of practice and learning communities—Deep learning frequently happens in the context of being part of a group. For those seeking opportunities to connect to others across campus with a common interest, the Center for Service and Learning periodically sponsors communities of practice on issues of relevance to faculty and staff.
  • Deep dives and engaged department consultations—CSL staff can engage in extended work with a program or department when programmatic goals related to community engagement are best served through ongoing access to an external facilitator or resource person. 
  • Convenings, conferences, and symposia—The CSL regularly hosts visiting scholars to share their knowledge and expertise. We also seek to increase internal networking and sharing of ideas across campus through our Civic and Community Engagement Across the Disciplines and the Engaged Scholars’ Roundtable series, as well as our annual Civic Engagement Showcase and Symposium.  
  • National conferences and forums—The CSL periodically hosts national forums and conferences that bring together local, national, and international scholars and practitioners.

To request more information or schedule an appointment with any of our staff, please complete our consultation request form.