Support for Faculty Community-Engaged Scholarship Courses



The Nashman Center’s Public Box Folder on Teaching Resources for Community Engaged Scholarship 

Resources shared in this Box folder include:  

Nashman Faculty Guides 

Resource links shared during professional development events like panels, workshops, and faculty learning communities 

The Nashman Staff’s favorite toolkits and articles from the engaged scholarship literature. 


Faculty Guide to Writing the Community Engaged Syllabus 

Template language to use/adapt to your own syllabus 

Student learning theory-based recommendations for communicating the intentionality of your course to students, and why it is important to do so 


Student Guide to Community Engaged Scholarship Courses 

Checklist for community engagement initiatives, agenda for meeting community partners 

How to report service activities 

Risk management and reporting gender-based harassment 

Faculty are welcome to excerpt any part of this Guide in their syllabi, or direct students to the entire Guide here


Step-by-Step Guide to DC Public Schools Service Clearance (Background Checks) 

To serve with DCPS and several other local youth serving organizations, DCPS Clearance is required (and valid for two years) 

This document outlines the step-by-step process and is ready to be shared directly with students. 


Risk and Liability Waivers  

Faculty often ask about the risk of sending students to the community. Of course, as you and your community partners design the students' service initiative, student safety must be a consideration. If students will be serving directly on-site at any time during their projects, they should complete the Risk and Liability Waiver form. This form is completed electronically, is available on GWServes, and can be linked to your GWServes course page.  


Sample Assignment Instructions  for Student Participation in the Fall, 2020 Symposium on Community Engaged Scholarship (Virtual) 

The Symposium on Community Engaged Scholarship is an event held at the end of each semester to provide students an opportunity to describe their experience and their learning to the general GW community. 

This suggested assignment is a small-stakes (low-point), end of semester reflection presentation via video. 

Students' videos will be shared online at the end of the semester, demonstrating the initiatives and learning from your course. 

All submitted presentations will be eligible for Nashman Exemplar and Audience Choice awards. 

Workshops and Panels 

The Nashman Center frequently convenes faculty for seminars, workshops, and panels for Community Engaged Scholarship course instructors. To ensure you receive these event announcements, join the Course Instructors subgroup of GWServes and/or subscribe to the Nashman Faculty Update e-newsletter.




GWServes is an online platform that facilitates communication between faculty, community partners, and students. All GW students and faculty have a GWServes account accessible by using their GW email account with the same sign on information, students and faculty need only visit the site to create a profile and begin using the platform. All Community Engaged Scholarship courses at GW have a course page on GWServes. 

Connect students to the community organizations you have identified as partners.  

Monitor student activities, including which organization each student is working with, their hours served, and impacts achieved. 

Communicate with community organizations about on-going student progress, share your syllabus, and collect feedback through internal communications or surveys. 

Identify new community partners by browsing the community organization profile pages. 

Access resources like the Student Handbook for Community-Engaged Scholarship Courses, Liability Waiver, Release Agreement Forms and brief videos to help you and your students use GWServes. 

Utilize data collected here to report and analyze students’ service and impact at the course and department level, from year to year. 

The data collected through GWServes will help us identify patterns, deepen campus-community relationships, and ultimately improve our effectiveness in creating positive change in the community.  


Nashman Guide: Writing the Syllabus 

This Nashman Guide addresses how to approach communicating the goals and expectations you have to students in your Community-Engaged Scholarship Course. It includes sample syllabus language you are welcome to use or edit. It also provides current information to share with students about resources available to them. 

Writing the Syllabus Guide  

Course Designation