Faculty Support Available

Community Based Service & Learning

The Center for Community-Based Service and Learning provides the following support to faculty:

  • Community partnership development
  • Pedagogical support
  • Funding for course implementation, design, and enhancement. Apply for a CBL Mini-Grant.
  • Funding for professional travel and development to improve civically-engaged teaching and research. Apply for a CBL Mini-Grant.
  • Assessment tools, advice, and survey management
  • Classroom presentations and orientation to community-based learning and volunteering
  • Support for faculty using Gustavus Engage for CBL classes
  • Logistical support such as student transportation

Course Design and Development

Community-Based Learning is a proven high-impact pedagogy. Like other teaching strategies, it requires thoughtful implementation to be successful. Significant learning outcomes and authentic reciprocity with community stakeholders are achieved most readily by planning well in advance and using research-based methodologies. It is suggested that faculty begin this process about 2-3 months in advance for best results, and depending on the type of project, more lead time may be beneficial. CBSL Staff are available to provide advice on course design and project development.

Questions to think about to in getting started designing or revising a community-based learning course: 

Gustavus Engage helps manage CBL class assignments

Gustavus ENGAGE is a tool available to the entire campus. Faculty use Engage to manage CBL class assignments. We will help you set up a class that includes volunteering shifts at different agencies. Student log in and sign up for shifts. When students complete their visit to the community partner, they log in and record their hours. You have the option to also ask them to record a written reflection. Hours and reflections may be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet.

Higher Education Civic Engagement Organizations

Minnesota Campus Compact - As an institutional member, Gustavus faculty and students are able to take advantage of the many opportunities our state branch of the national organization offers. Minnesota Campus Compact sponsors events for in-person and web-based professional development and networking. Sign up to join their mailing list to receive notifications when events are being held. Check out their digital resource library of tools and resources, including topics such as Engaged Teaching and Learning and Assessment. Each year, the Presidents' Awards for Civic Engagement are hosted by Minnesota Campus Compact with each member college selecting winners in 3 categories: Civic Steward, Community Partner, and Student Leadership. Gustavus nominations open in early January. Ask us about funding to present at a Campus Compact regional or national conference. To learn about current awards & fellowships, calls for proposals, grants, and jobs, visit their Opportunities web page. Outstanding student leaders in civic engagementt may be interested in becoming a Newman Civic Fellow. Nominations must be made by college presidents and are open from late fall to early spring. CBSL provides assistance with requesting nomination for a Newman Civic Fellowship.

AAC&U - Diversity & Democracy - "Diversity & Democracy supports higher education faculty and leaders as they design and implement programs that advance civic learning and democratic engagement, global learning, and engagement with diversity to prepare students for socially responsible action in today's interdependent but unequal world."

Bonner FoundationBonner Foundation is a network of colleges with Bonner Scholars Programs. "The founding mission for the Bonner Program is to provide diverse low-income, under-represented, and first generation students with the opportunity to attend college, while engaging their talents and educations in building and supporting communities."

Imagining America - "Imagining America creates democratic spaces to foster and advance publicly engaged scholarship that draws on arts, humanities, and design. We catalyze change in campus practices, structures, and policies that enables artists and scholars to thrive and contribute to community action and revitalization."

National Campus Compact - As a member, Gustavus faculty and students are able to take advantage of the many opportunities our state branch of the national organization offers.

Project Pericles - "Project Pericles is a vibrant consortium of colleges and universities that promotes civic engagement within higher education."

Join our Email List or Facebook Group

Join Gustavus CBL Faculty email listserv. Send email to cbsl@gustavus.edu to receive invitations to events and notices of other opportunities relating to community-based learning.

Join the private Facebook group, Gustavus Community-Based Learning to receive announcements in the most timely manner such as calls for proposals, conferences, and new resources.