Cornell University

Faculty Institute on Community-Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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In Cornell’s strategic planning document, “Cornell University at its Sesquicentennial,” the university made public engagement and the connection of the traditional academic learning environment to service to the surrounding community a formal university learning goal. This institute advances that goal by bringing together faculty with a shared interest in service learning and providing them with ideas and tools to make public engagement a distinctive component of their classes. 

For more information on service learning and community-engaged teaching, see the website of Cornell’s Office of Engagement Initiatives.

About the Faculty Institute on Community-Engaged Learning and Teaching

What?  The Faculty Institute is a two-day retreat. Cornell faculty members and program representatives from across campus, as well as outside experts, will facilitate sessions.

Who?  All Cornell tenured or tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply. The Institute is aimed at faculty who have not yet made community-engaged service-learning a major focus of their teaching but are interested in gaining insights on how to accomplish this. 

All participants will receive a $500 research stipend.  By accepting the stipend, you commit to prepare for the Institute by completing readings, attending all presentations, and actively participating in Institute workshops. 

Why?  Through readings and facilitated discussions, you will begin the process of transforming your courses to include community-engaged learning and civic engagement. You will construct and evaluate learning outcomes appropriate to service-learning and discuss effective tools that encourage students in critical self-reflection.

When?  May 22-23rd, 2017

What else?  In addition to participation in the two-day Institute, in a follow-up symposium session which will occur approximately six months to one year after the Institute, participants will share how engaged learning and civic engagement were integrated into their courses and how service-learning activities impacted student learning. In addition, there will be check-in working sessions throughout the academic year. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and findings with their department. Work will also be highlighted on the CTE and Office of Engagement Initiatives webpages. 


Care will be given to include faculty who represent a broad range of disciplines. 

Please note that there may be photographers from the Center for Teaching Excellence at this event. The photos may appear on the CTE website or on our Twitter page. Contact if you do not wish to be photographed. Thank you.

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