Engaged Faculty Development Programming

In alignment with CSU Channel Islands' Strategic Initiatives 2018-2023, the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) launched a suite of programming to:

  • promote teaching and scholarship that reflects and advances diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • build key competencies, knowledge and skills to encourage pedagogy and curriculum in service-learning/community engagement and engaged/public scholarship
  • expand the community of engaged educators and scholars on campus
  • encourage interdisciplinary approaches to complex social issues

Applications are now being accepted for the 2024-2025 year-long faculty development programs.

For more information on any of these faculty programs, please contact Georgina Guzmán, Ph.D., Faculty Director, Center for Community Engagement at georgina.guzman@csuci.edu

Service-Learning Mentoring Program

The Service-Learning Faculty Mentoring Program pairs new service-learning faculty (i.e. those have never taught a service-learning course)  with experienced service-learning faculty selected by the CCE leadership team for their familiarity with best practices in service-learning. Service-learning mentors will help new faculty design and implement high-quality service-learning courses. The program will provide guidance and support through the mentoring relationship as well as through other CCE initiatives and programs.

All faculty who are new to service-learning are invited to apply to participate in the program. The program is currently limited to three faculty mentees. Participation will last for two semesters: the first semester will focus on the thorough design of a service-learning course, and the second semester will focus on implementation of the designed course.

Designing an effective service-learning course is a great challenge. The structure and feedback I am getting through mentoring program, not to mention the support from the CCE, are a huge boost and will definitely improve the outcomes for my students and our community partners.“ Dan Reineman, Assistant Professor, Environmental Science & Resource Management

Learn more and apply now.

Community Engagement and Social Justice Fellows

The Community Engagement and Social Justice Fellows Program (CE&SJ) is a year-long development opportunity designed for faculty who would like to deepen their service-learning teaching and practice by pushing their thinking about social justice and, at the same time, create or refine a course that will allow students to engage with community issues through a social justice lens (i.e. examining systems of power, privilege and oppression, questioning biases and assumptions, and working to change the social and economic systems for equity and justice), so they begin to see themselves as social change leaders and community advocates.

The CE&SJ Faculty Fellows Program is designed as a learning community in which new and experienced community-engagement practitioners work together to build individual and collective knowledge and campus capacity for high-impact community-engaged learning. The program will be organized around a series of interactive workshops, invited speakers, and investigation of current research and best practices for community-engaged pedagogy.

"As a Fellow I have been fully supported in envisioning a Latinx Children’s Literature course which will engage early childhood studies students in learning about critical literacy alongside children from the surrounding farmworker community in Ventura County. Through the program, I have gained clarity on how a Latinx Children’s Literature course can foster social justice through the formation of reciprocal and respectful community-university relationships, authentic exchanges of funds of knowledge, and disruption of racist and biased children’s literature." Aura Perez, Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Studies 

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Community-Based Research Fellows

The Community-Based Research (CBR) Faculty Fellows Program is a professional development opportunity for faculty interested in engaging in community-based research in the context of service-learning classes. The program is designed to serve as a learning community for novice and experienced CBR practitioners working together to build individual and collective expertise and campus capacity. It will be organized around a series of interactive workshops, including invited speakers and published research on CBR. The emphasis will be on the “nuts and bolts” of designing and implementing CBR projects to have the greatest impact on community partners and on students. We will focus on both sides of the service-learning equation: establishing partnerships to ensure that community needs are effectively addressed, while leading a course that provides students with experience in cultivating and applying research skills. 

“The Community-based Research Faculty Fellowship has offered me the opportunity to further reflect on community-based research as a transformative pedagogical option to empower students and communities.” Jose Castro-Sotomayor, Assistant Professor, Communication

“As part of the CBR Faculty Fellows program, I have been inspired to dedicate more time in Capstone to discuss solutions to social problems, not just how to collect and analyze data about them.”
Rachel Soper, Assistant Professor, Sociology 

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