The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Opportunities for academic involvement starting from a community-defined priority

What does Community-Engaged Scholarship look like in practice?

Faculty can work towards the university's mission of advancing the public good in many ways. Our approach is to always start from community-defined priorities, but the final outcome of a campus-community partnership can take many forms. Below, we offer examples from across the University of Michigan.

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Examples of Community Engagement at UM

The simple graphic on the right illustrates the diverse ways in which faculty can engage communities. The academic partners listed below are working to address a variety of community priorities. 

Consider the example of affordable housing. (For an accessible version, click here.) This single priority can lead to a variety of teaching, research, and learning opportunities. Starting from community-defined priorities does not limit the scope or focus of your partnership, which can evolve in collaboration with community partners. It simply ensures that community voices are at the center of our work.


Collaborations within or between departments and across the university​


Course connections can involve part of or an entire course
  • Part of a Course: short-term community-engaged project
  • Gameful Option: community-engaged project as one (gameful) option among many
  • Focus of a Course: semester-long (or more) community-engaged project
    • Department of Psychology's Project Outreach 
    • English 126 (Community-Engaged Writing): Hire MI Vet partnered with a section of this community-engaged writing course for first year students. Students developed background research and written materials for their website.
    • Real World Writing for Public Health: Student teams in Professor Ella August’s course developed Mental Health & Wellness-related communication materials featuring graphics and visuals related for Ypsilanti's Family Empowerment Program.


Share specialized knowledge to support community partners or to co-create public products


Faculty conducting or advising community-engaged research can contribute new knowledge while supporting positive community impact

Student Partnership

Faculty can support students they advise about community-engaged projects and internships