Faculty Resources

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

Nashman Center Engaged Scholarship Mini-Grant

Getting Started

Interested Faculty or Departments should contact Wendy Wagner at wagnerw@gwu.edu 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.

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.


Monthly Faculty Service-Learning Events

Are you a faculty member interested in service-learning? Attend one of our monthly events and meet other service-learning faculty. We host informal brown bags, community tours, symposia, and more.  Check out the schedule and stay tuned for more information! Any question? Contact gwsl@gwu.edu.



Academic Service-Learning Coordinator

If you have questions or need additional information, contact gwserves@gwu.edu.