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 towards the public good in many ways. Our approach is to start from community-defined priorities, which can take many forms for faculty and students. Below, we offer examples from across the University of Michigan.

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Faculty Spotlight: Anne Mondro

Anne Mondro, Associate Professor, Stamps School of Art & Design.  Anne and Joe Trumpey, co-taught Social Spacess which explored the ways in which artists and designers work within the public sphere. Students explored the practice of socially engaged art and design while building skills essential to engagement work including how to observe, interview, and collaborate through a partnership with Growing Hope, in Ypsilanti. 

Click here to learn more about Anne's experience with this community-engaged course.  

Examples of Community Engagement at UM

The graphic on the right highlights the many ways faculty can connect with community-defined priorities. For a practical example of this approach, this graphic (accessible version) shows how a single community priority such as access to affordable housing can lead to a variety of teaching, research, and learning opporunities. Below we offer examples from across the university of each type of engagement, related to a variety of community priorities. 


Collaborations within or between departments and across the university​


Course connections can involve part of or an entire course


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