This page is for you, as a  faculty member, to find out about the variety of ways that you can integrate community engagement into your research and teaching.

Major Initiatives and Opportunities

American Association of Colleges and Universities This project supports the synthesis and development of national research on the role of higher education in fostering students’ civic skill-building through community-based engagement and other high-impact practices. CCE is currently collecting student work from faculty and staff for submission to this year's VALUES Institute. 

Data produced by the AAC&U Civic Evidence Project will provide insights into how UM compares with other Universities on students’ overall civic engagement. Additionally, the scores and feedback will assess how curricular and co-curricular opportunities on campus are engaging students with the Miami community at large.

Email us at civicengagement@miami.edu for more information, or to submit artifacts from your classes or campus programs. 

Engaged Faculty Fellows Program: This program is designed to incentivize the development of academic service-learning courses by awarding $2,500 summer stipends to five faculty members. Each fellow commits to creating a course that incorporates a significant component of civic engagement and service learning into the course curriculum.

Civic Engagement High School PartnershipThe Civic Engagement High School Partnership promotes increased competency in core academic subject areas—History, English, and STEM disciplines—as well as builds and sustains a college-going culture at traditionally underrepresented and historically underperforming Miami-Dade County Public Schools. History and English majors partner with Southridge High School teachers in history and language arts to enhance the curriculum, give guest lectures, and mentor students. Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors participate in the Science Made Sensible Program, which enhances the public school curriculum with innovative activities and fosters intellectual engagement among the youth of our community. Interested in learning more about these partnership opportunities? Click here for the application and additional information.

Civic Scholars ProgramThe University of Miami encourages students to promote positive social change in the greater Miami community as engaged citizens. Students have the opportunity to cooperate in co-curricular service activities through more than 40 service-based student organizations and volunteer service projects. This program is offered through the Office of Civic and Community Engagement and the Butler Center for Service and Leadership at the University of Miami. To sign up for more information, click here (Google Form or OrgSync signup link pending). 

Community-Engaged Learning Courses: Courses that link the classroom and community through hands-on, experiential education that is transformative. These courses:

  • Promote the interrelationship of teaching, research, and service through theory, action, and reflection in response to community needs.
  • Develop and translates academic knowledge, critical thinking, and community engagement into civic responsibility.
  • Foster mutually beneficial collaborations between the university and the community to promote positive social change.
  • Incorporate reflection on the relationship between the community-based component and academic coursework into the course curriculum.
  • Outline service learning objectives in the student learning outcomes.

Do you think one of your current or past courses would benefit from incorporating community engagement as a component of the curriculum? Or, do you have an idea for a community-based project, but don’t know where to start? If so, please let us know.