Faculty Resources


Engaged Scholarship Support and Resources


Engaged Scholarship Support and Resources

Welcome Community-Engaged Faculty, Join Us!

Resources, events, and connections on the Nashman Faculty Update blog/enewsletter

Interested Faculty or Departments should contact Wendy Wagner at [email protected] to get started. The Nashman Center can support you at any stage of the process!



Handouts and Forms for Community-Engaged Service Courses

Student Guide to Community-Engaged Service Courses (The instructor version. Contains all the following handouts and forms)
Waiver and Release Agreement Form


Community-Engaged Scholarship Conversations Series

Join GW’s community-engaged faculty for a light breakfast and stimulating conversations. These events are held in the Gelman Library first floor, in the National Churchill Library and Center [link: http://library.gwu.edu/churchillcenter]. Email Wendy Wagner [email protected] for more information and to rsvp.


September 13th, 9:30-10:45am
Conversations on Community-Engaged Scholarship at GW: Community-Based Participatory Research
Conversation facilitated by Dr. Uriyoan Colon-Ramos, Dept of Global Health

Join us for a conversation about Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). Dr. Uriyoan Colon-Ramos, recipient of the 2017 Nashman Award for Engaged Research, will frame the conversation by presenting examples of her own research and describing her approach to conducting CBPR. The conversation to follow will invite others to consider or describe how the principles and values of CBPR intersect uniquely with their own work.


October 11th, 9:30-10:45am
Conversations on Community-Engaged Scholarship at GW: Recognizing, Evaluating and Rewarding Engaged Scholarship
Conversation facilitated by Dr. Greg Squires, Dept of Sociology

Join us for a conversation about institutional rewards for community-engaged scholarship. Dr. Greg Squires, public sociologist and co-author of several recent articles discussing the peer review of public scholarship, will describe the current state of rewards for public scholarship in higher education. The conversation to follow will invite others to consider how community-engaged scholarship might be evaluated and rewarded in their departments and at GW broadly. 


November 8th, 9:30-10:45am
Conversations on Community-Engaged Scholarship at GW: Public Dissemination of Students’ Community-Engaged Scholarship
Conversation facilitated by Dr. Phyllis Ryder, University Writing Program and Dr. Christopher Klemek, Dept of History

Join us for a conversation on the variety of ways to disseminate our students’ community-engaged scholarship. Dr. Phyllis Ryder, author of Rhetorics for Community Action and leading scholar of service-learning in composition and rhetorics of democracy will open the discussion by describing how the design of her course assignments facilitates public dissemination of students’ engaged scholarship. The conversation to follow will invite others to consider how greater community benefit might be leveraged by sharing students’ scholarship to broader audiences. 


Getting Started


Interested Faculty or Departments should contact Wendy Wagner at [email protected] to get started. The Nashman Center can support you at any stage of the process!

Plannning a semester or more ahead:

  • Forming community partnerships
  • Community-Based Paticipatory Research (CBPR)
  • Applying for project funding 
  • (Re)designing curriculum
  • Developing assignments
  • Planning logistics
  • Managing risk and liability
  • Training faculty and GTAs
  • Publicizing the course/program in the Schedule of Classes and through advisors

During and after course semester:

  • Orienting students to service-learning
  • Supporting students and community partners
  • Assessing and sharing outcomes and impact


Nashman Center Faculty Grants for Engaged Scholarship


Nashman Center Faculty Grants for Engaged Scholarship

The Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service distributes grants annually to support engaged scholarship and teaching at GWU. These awards promote the development and institutionalization of new community-engaged scholarship opportunities that are consistent with the University strategic plan.

We define community-engaged scholarship as “…collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. [Further,] the purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.”

The Nashman Faculty Grants for Community-Engaged Scholarship can support:

  • Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR);
  • Development of new service-learning courses;
  • Efforts to engage entire departments community-engaged scholarship through teaching, learning and research;
  • Activities that promote individual or group professional development in community-engaged scholarship;

RFP Nashman Faculty Grants for Engaged Scholarship
Application Live: October 1, 2017
Application Deadline: January 5, 2018


The High Impact of Service-Learning

According to the AAC&U service-learning is a high impact practice. There has been much written over the past decade about the need for institutions of higher education to take the lead in promoting values of citizenship, democracy, and civic engagement. Service-learning can be used as the connector between community engaged teaching, scholarship and University and community service and sometimes personal interests.

Research shows that faculty find that service-learning provides:

  • Increased satisfaction with quality of student learning
  • Increased commitment to research
  • Motivation to increasingly integrate service-learning more deeply into more courses
  • More lively class discussions and increased student participation
  • Increased student retention of course material
  • Increased student awareness of community and "real world" issues
  • Increase in innovative approaches to classroom instruction
  • Increased opportunities for research and publication
  • Increase in faculty awareness of community issues

While there are many forms of community engaged scholarship, community-based participatory research (CBPR) has had the benefits of evolving out of the others and being the most intentionally reciprocal.

Faculty Resources


For GW, a Day of Service

More than 600 volunteers spent the day working on community projects and honoring King's life and legacy.

University Holds Children's Book Drive

The GW community is coming together to donate books for local nonprofit organizations.

Volunteers Empower Communities Worldwide

Alternative break participants tackled environmental and economic issues while amassing 6,000 service hours on their collective trips.