Professional Development

Sponsored by the Engagement Scholarship Consortium

Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop

Engagement Scholarship Consortium
Held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, this intensive professional development program provides advanced doctoral students and early career faculty with background literature, facilitated discussion, mentoring, and presentations designed to increase their knowledge and enhance their practice of community engaged scholarship. Learn more at:

Outreach and Engagement Practitioners Workshop

Engagement Scholarship Consortium
Held in conjuction with the annual meeting of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, the Outreach and Engagement Practitioners Workshop is designed for university staff and non-tenure-track faculty members who, in roles distinct from those of tenure-track faculty, facilitate and manage ongoing projects, programs, services, research and relationships with community partners. Learn more at:

Endorsed by the Engagement Scholarship Consortium

Engagement Academy for University Leaders

Virginia Tech University
The Engagement Academy for University Leaders is designed for executives who have the ability to influence or participate in planning activities that develop strategic engagement operations and policies. This award-winning program has been endorsed by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH), Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC), New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE), and the TRE Networks. Learn more at:

Other Professional Development Programs

Academy for Civic Engagement (ACE)  for Arts and Humanities Faculty

Auburn University
The Academy for Civic Engagement is a 3-day workshop for arts and humanities faculty from across higher education who are interested in incorporating civic engagement/service learning practices into their courses, outreach scholarship, and promotion and tenure documentation. Sessions explore the topic of civic engagement, and ways to incorporate its tenets into research, teaching, and practice. Borrowing from the work of William Sullivan, one could define civic engagement as the intersection of formal knowledge, professional and ethical exploration/development, and working for the common good. Learn more at:

Community-Based Participatory Research Partnership Academy

Detroit Urban Research Center, University of Michigan School of Public Health
The Detroit Urban Research Center’s Community-Based Participatory Research Partnership Academy, is an NIH-funded training program designed to enhance the capacity of social and behavioral scientists to use community-based participatory research (CBPR). The program is designed for an academic researcher with little or no experience in CBPR and a community partner to participate together in forming a CBPR partnership aimed at eliminating health inequities in their communities. We are now recruiting participants for our third cohort, and hope that you’ll assist in promoting this opportunity among your networks. The Academy brings together 12 diverse community-academic teams from around the country for a year-long program that begins with a one week intensive course held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, all expenses paid. Throughout the year, the newly formed teams work together to develop and implement their partnership and a CBPR project focused on improving the health and well-being of their communities, supported by a small planning grant. Monthly ongoing learning activities enable participants to meet virtually and engage in collaborative learning experiences, peer feedback, and mentoring over the pne-year program period. A Partnership Academy Network enables cohorts to share support and networking beyond the year-long program. Learn more at:

Engaged Faculty Institute (EFI) Curriculum

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, California Campus Compact, and Campus Compact of the Mountain West
The Engaged Faculty Institute (EFI) Curriculum was originally authored by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) in 2007 and has been redesigned by California Campus Compact (CACC) and Campus Compact of the Mountain West (CCMW) in 2015, in collaboration with CCPH. Featuring case studies, reflection questions, suggested readings and resources, the EFI Curriculum provides a thorough, updated roadmap for faculty development specific to service-learning. Learn more at:

Engaged Scholars Academy

University of New Hampshire
Offered at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) between 2004 and 2010, the Academy served as a model faculty development program. The Academy's goal was to identify, mentor, and work with faculty from across UNH who were interested in Engaged Scholarship. Ultimately, three new programs evolved from and replaced the Academy at UNH, but organizers established a website documenting the Academy for other universities to use in developing similar faculty development programs. The archival site is at:

Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy

East Carolina University
The East Carolina University (ECU) Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academies were designed to develop faculty and students to plan and conduct the scholarship of engagement. Included are separate academies for faculty, graduate students, and others (including those focused on engagement with the military). After a peer selection process, scholars attend a series of workshops, complete a research proposal, and implement the research with a community partner. The Academies' purpose is to increase participants' knowledge, motivation, and capacity to secure research funding and conduct scholarly engagement within engagement, outreach, and curricular engagement. Learn more at:

Evaluation and Applied Research Methods Professional Development Workshop Series

Claremont Graduate University
The Claremont Evaluation Center manages a longstanding professional development workshop series. Typically offered in the summer, the series offers practical and theoretical training in evaluation and applied research through one-day workshops, taught by academics and practitioners from across the globe. For further information, see:

Graduate Certification in Community Engagement

Michigan State University
The program prepares MSU graduate students for academic careers that integrate scholarship with community engagement. The program is tailored for students in cooperation with their graduate advisor and the Office of the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, and includes both instruction and a mentored experience in community engagement. Upon completion of the program, participants receive a Certificate in Community Engagement and a notation on their academic transcript indicating that they have completed the program. Learn more at:

Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Certificate Program

University of Guelph
Offered entirely online through three eight-week courses, the University of Guelph’s Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization helps participants develop new skills and use various techniques to help turn knowledge into action. The program consists of courses:on the processes of knowledge translation and dissemination, building capacity to understand and use relevant evidence, and transforming knowledge into action. Learn more at:

Practitioner-Scholar Forum

International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement
The Practitioner-Scholars Forum is an initiative of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE), a professional association dedicated to advancing and promoting research about community engagement. The Forum is a sponsorship and capacity-building program open to engagement centers and initiatives across the globe. It also provides a unique opportunity during the IARSLCE annual conference to interact with practitioner-scholars who are interested in contributing to and using cutting-edge research in their engagement practice. The Forum builds practitioners’ capacity to produce and use scholarship and touches on professional practices associated with creating spaces and the conditions for community-engaged scholarship to flourish. For further information, see:

Public Engagement Skills Online Training

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (UK)
The course is aimed at anyone who wants to engage the public with their research, including postgraduates, early career researchers and undergraduates. The pilot course currently contains two online modules (Getting Started with Public Engagement and Communication Skills) and provides an opportunity to explore what being an engaged researcher is all about. Learn more at:

Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) Program

Imagining America
Each year, Imagining America (IA) supports graduate students to participate in its national conference. These Fellows attend a day-long PAGE Summit that includes seminar-style discussion and analysis of public scholarship literature; in-depth dialogue and activities for building the language and practical skills of engaged scholarship; and small group exchanges for sharing and receiving feedback about their research and creative practice. Fellows also participate in conference sessions and meet with senior scholars and veteran practitioners for individual mentorship. Learn more at:

Research Academy

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Convened each year in early May, the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Research Academy represents a growth point for research and scholarship focused on service-learning. The proceedings challenge participants to develop collaborations with fellow practitioners and researchers that will enhance their work and contribute to a collective understanding of service-learning. The objectives of the academy are to: strengthen research on service and learning, advance the scholarship of teaching and learning, provide consultation and feedback on research proposals, and build a network of service-learning scholars. For more information, see:

Research and Engagement Academy

University of New Hampshire
The Academy is designed to advance and support the scholarly careers and success of Univesity of New Hampshire faculty members by strengthening the quality and quantity of grant proposals submitted to federal agencies and foundations and by increasing the diversity of faculty who are awarded funding. Among its goals, the Academy attempts to create opportunities among faculty for multidisciplinary scholarship and engagement. Learn more at:

Service-Learning Fellows Program

University of Georgia
The Service-Learning Fellows Program is a year-long faculty development program that provides an opportunity for selected University of Georgia (UGA) faculty members to integrate service-learning into their teaching, research, and public service work while becoming recognized campus leaders in service-learning pedagogy and community engagement. Highlights include: a day-long retreat and orientation, monthly fellows meetings with topics tailored to the unique interests of the group, development of a service-learning project, mentoring from previous participants, and a culminating Service-Learning Fellows Poster Session and Showcase. The program is supported by the Office of Service-Learning and is open to all permanent, full-time UGA faculty members including: academic tenure track, academic professionals, public service faculty, lecturers, medical school, and clinical faculty members with an interest in service-learning. To learn more, see:

Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
The Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program brings together selected faculty from across the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (UNC) to engage in a two-year experiential, competency-based curriculum designed to advance their engaged scholarship. Scholars participate in sessions in community settings to learn from Carolina faculty and their community partners. While developing individual projects, each class of scholars forms a learning community along with the faculty and community course directors to support one another’s projects and community partners. The growing network of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars reports outcomes including new interdisciplinary collaborations, successful grant applications and both traditional and non-traditional products of scholarship. Learn more at:

Tools of Engagement Undergraduate Modules

Michigan State University
The Tools of Engagement are a series of online modules designed for use by faculty with undergraduate students. The Tools introduce the concept of university-community engagement, help students develop community-based research and engagement skills, and provide foundational training for the next generation of engaged scholars. The modules are available for MSU faculty to incorporate into their courses. Partnering faculty from other universities may participate in trials of the modules as well. Learn more at: