Community-Engaged Teaching program

The Community-Engaged Teaching (CET) program will support the effective and intentional use of community engagement in teaching and learning via regular meetings of a faculty learning community.

Each meeting will be hybrid, with 45 minutes of preparation work online, 75-minute meetings, and follow-up discussion board posts. Meetings will involve a guest speaker presentation and a discussion of current teaching practices, pedagogical research, and why and how to integrate community engagement in teaching. For help with the nuts and bolts of designing and implementing community-engaged courses, participants are invited to “drop by” the OSLCE office or schedule one-on-one meetings with OSLCE staff.

Participating faculty will be encouraged to:

  • Reflect on their current teaching practices and civic professionalism;
  • Expand their knowledge of research-based best practices in community-engaged teaching;
  • Develop individual projects through collective dialogue and collaborative inquiry;
  • Learn from the experiences, insights, and ideas of other faculty; and
  • Exchange ideas about community-engaged teaching with other faculty through online discussions.

Faculty and graduate students at all levels of experience with community-engaged teaching are invited to participate.

Faculty testimonials

"Community-Engaged Teaching was a professional development experience that resulted in immediate applications throughout the course of the program. As an educator and working with preservice math and science teachers, the program helped me see community engagement through the lens of others, including colleagues in different fields. The program also challenged me to be reflective of my own practices to improve the learning experiences of our students to be more relevant and meaningful while serving our communities needs." - Mandi Collins, Master Teacher, NevadaTeach

"As someone who came in with zero experience with community engaged teaching, and from a discipline where service-learning is not as common a practice, I benefited so much from this program. Between learning more about the amazing work my colleagues at UNR are doing and dedicating time to read and expand my pedagogical practice, I feel confident and excited about the prospect of making community engagement central to my teaching practice." - Seth Cosimini, Teaching Assistant Professor, English

Learning outcomes

  • Participants will identify and describe the principles, components, and benefits of community engagement and community-engaged scholarship.
  • Participants will be able to intentionally design and effectively cultivate and implement community-engaged teaching practices.
  • Participants will be able to facilitate and assess critical reflection to enhance student learning and engagement.
  • Participants will be able to establish and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with community partners that are grounded in reciprocity, respect, and trust, and will acknowledge community partners as educational collaborators (i.e. co-educators).
  • Participants will also understand and navigate UNR policies and resources related to community-engaged scholarship.
  • Participants will cultivate a learning community that provides professional and intellectual development, feedback and accountability, social-emotional support, and access to community engagement opportunities and resources.

How to apply

Interested applicants must apply via online form by Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Applicants are asked to provide a short explanation of why they are interested in participating in the certificate.

Apply online for the CET program

Criteria for completion

To earn the Community Engaged Teaching Certificate, faculty will have two semesters to complete the following requirements:

  • Attend the Orientation in September and the Wolf Pack Discoveries Fall and Spring Symposiums
  • Attend at least eight out of nine meetings throughout the 2023-2024 school year
  • Post to the discussion board at least eight times and reply to other posts at least eight times
  • Complete a final project; Possible final projects could include one of the following:
    • Integrate CET into an existing course and apply for the service-learning course designation (SL) through Curriculog;
    • Obtain IRB approval for a community-engaged teaching research project;
    • Prepare and submit a proposal for a paper or a presentation to an appropriate community-engaged scholarship conference or journal;
    • Give a presentation to your department or college concerning community-engaged teaching and scholarship at the university;
    • Apply for the Service-Learning Mini-grant, which is designed to support faculty to create, enhance, or participate in service-learning instruction or scholarship; or
    • Apply for the Community Engaged Teaching Fellowship Program, which provides selected faculty members with an opportunity to apply their knowledge to promote the institutionalization of community-engaged teaching within their department, college, or the university.

CET schedule

Second Thursday of every month, 10:30-11:45 a.m.

CET class schedule
Meeting Date Topics
1 9/14/20223 Orientation*
2 10/12/2023 Community Engagement; Community-Engaged Teaching
3 11/9/2023 Student Learning Outcomes
4 12/14/2023 Community Identified Needs; Establishing Community Partnerships
5 1/11/2024 Integrating Community Engagement in a Course (Mid-Point Presentations on Final Project)
6 2/15/2024 Critical Reflection
7 3/14/2024 Assessment and Evaluation
8 4/11/2024 Community-Engaged Scholarship
9 5/9/2024 Advancing Community-Engaged Teaching (Final Presentations)

* Attendance required at Orientation and Wolf Pack Discoveries Fall Symposiums on December 12. Spring Symposium date is TBD.

Please note: The schedule is tentative, and modifications may be made to accommodate COVID-19 contingencies, participant interests, and presenter availability.

2021-2022 CET certificate recipients

  • Christopher Knight, Graduate Student, Political Science
  • Christina Ladam, Assistant Professor, Political Science
  • Cara Nine, Chair, Philosophy
  • Emily Sawan, Graduate Student, English
  • Theresa Watts, Assistant Professor, Nursing

2020-2021 CET certificate recipients

  • Sarah Blithe, Associate Professor, Communication Studies
  • Mandi Collins, Master Teacher, NevadaTeach
  • Seth Cosimini, Teaching Assistant Professor, English
  • Elizabeth de los Santos, Assistant Professor, Secondary Education
  • Jessica Gallo, Assistant Professor, Secondary Education
  • Lydia Huerta, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
  • Jennifer Lanterman, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
  • Monique McDade, Lecturer, English
  • Adriana Varga, Lecturer, English
  • Christopher von Nagy, Head, Shared History