The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning


Community-engaged research is increasingly understood as a valuable, high impact methodology to contribute to the University of Michigan’s mission of developing new academic knowledge while advancing the public good. Community-engaged research encompasses a range of approaches but what they share is substantive involvement of community partners in service to creating, translating, and disseminating knowledge that strengthens the well-being of communities and broader society. 

At the Ginsberg Centers, we support UM’s research core by connecting UM scholars with community organizations and institutions who are working on the front lines to address society’s most pressing social concerns. By fostering long-term partnerships with communities, we ensure a robust pipeline for current and future research, informed by community interests, needs, and priorities.

We advance UM’s research capacity by:

  • Connecting scholars with social impact sector partners and supporting them to develop effective community-university partnerships
  • Consulting with researchers to support their development of equitable, feasible community-engaged research design, dissemination of academic research and findings and translation of research to maximize community impact 
  • Preparing students who support community-engaged research to work effectively with community partners
  • Disseminating community-engaged research through our journal, the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning 
  • Providing funding to support community-engaged research projects

The FAQs below address how faculty can effectively contribute to community-engaged scholarship through their teaching and research, assess student learning and community impact, and leverage their scholarship for promotion and tenure. To work with a staff member on any of these resources, fill out our Support Request Form or contact us at

How can I...

Assess student learning in my community-engaged courses?

  • Add these course evaluation questions to your end-of-semester evaluations
  • Explore assessment tools for different engaged learning goals such as:
    • Creativity
    • Intercultural Engagement
    • Civic Responsibility
    • Teamwork
    • Self-Agency
  • Ginsberg Center staff can work with you to integrate or adapt these tools for your courses. Request a consultation with a staff member by filling out our Support Request Form or contacting us at

Learn more about the Michigan Journal for Community Service Learning (MJCSL), published by the Ginsberg Center?

  • Learn more about our vision for the journal.
  • Explore current & past issues of MJCSL.
  • We have compiled a bibliography of often-cited articles from the journal that have significantly influenced community engagement in higher education.
  • If you are interested in contributing to our process as a peer reviewer, editorial board member, or book reviewer, please fill out this form to share your interests and expertise.

Explore other publication outlets for my community-engaged scholarship?

  • We have compiled a short list of other leading journals in the field to inform your community-engaged teaching and research.
  • Engaged Scholarship Consortium's list highlights journals that focus on community-engaged scholarship, university outreach, service-learning, etc. A small number of others are listed that, while not focusing on this area, sometimes publish contributions to this literature.

Explore funding opportunities for my community-engaged teaching and research?