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Engaged Scholarship Support and Resources
The Nashman Center offers a variety of resources and support for connecting real-world community needs with your academic expertise, research interests, and passion for helping students learn.
Nashman Center's Service-Learning Library Catalog
Interested Faculty or Departments should contact Wendy Wagner at email@example.com 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
The Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service announces a mini-grant competition to support engaged scholarship and teaching at GWU.
We define engaged scholarship and teaching 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 purpose of these awards is to promote the development and institutionalization of new community-engaged scholarship opportunities that are consistent with the University strategic plan.
The Nashman Faculty Grants for Engaged Scholarship are designed to:
- Promote and support engaged teaching and research;
- Improve communication among faculty about engaged scholarship; and,
- Support professional development opportunities related to engaged scholarship.
Funds are available to support:
- Development of new academic 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;
- Ongoing academic service-learning activities;
RFP Nashman Faculty Grants for Engaged Scholarship
Application Live: October 1st
Application Deadline: January 9th at 5pm
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.
- “A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future,” National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement
- “Advancing Civic Learning and Engagement in Democracy,” Department of Education
- AAC&U’s VALUE rubric provides a comprehensive outline of student learning outcomes for undergraduate education
- Institutionalizing Community University Research Partnerships
- Engaged Faculty Institute Curriculum
- Nashman Center's Service-Learning Library Catalog