Community-Engaged Teaching

Community-Engaged Teaching (CET) is embraced by schools and departments across Washington University.

Key elements of CET include learning activities in a community context, course content and assignments connected to activities in the community, and faculty oversight. CET is often referred to as service learning or community-based teaching and learning (CBTL).

To nurture growth in this area, the institute offers technical and financial assistance, individual consultation, and facilitation of community partnerships.

Washington University offers over 80 courses that include a community-engaged component. Community-engaged courses offered in 2017-2018 can be found listed by school in the right-hand sidebar.

If you know of updates or a course that should be listed here, please contact Beth Martin at

Resources by Specific Group

The Gephardt Institute offers a variety of services to faculty to support Community-Engaged Courses. Please contact Beth Martin to learn more.

Community Engaged Teaching Principles and Resources

The Gephardt Institute has compiled a comprehensive library of resources to assist faculty with Community Engaged Teaching

Community-Engaged Teaching (CET) Grant

The Gephardt Institute offers limited financial support for costs associated with Community-Engaged Courses and research, through the Civic Engagement Fund.

Course Transportation Fund

The Gephardt Institute, with support from the Provost’s Office, offers transportation funding to assist faculty who are taking students off campus for Community-Engaged Courses by reimbursing the department for the expense.

Partnership Development

The Gephardt Institute collaborates with faculty to secure partnerships for Community-Engaged courses. For example, our request for projects process helps ensure community voice throughout the partnership. See an example of our work with the Brown School that results in approximately 35 community partnerships for 150 students in 6 course sections.

Critical Reflection Facilitation/Training

Reflection deepens the experience. We train faculty and staff across campus to facilitate activities and lead conversations about civic engagement, community service and social change from experts in the field. Contact us for more information about customizable sessions.


What kind of impact does your course have on students? What about impact on community partners? The Gephardt Institute can help you evaluate student civic engagement and community partner outcomes. We can develop a tool specifically designed for measuring the impact of your Community-Engaged Course course. See our work with the Sam Fox School Alberti Program.

Do you have a project sitting on the shelf? A question that your agency needs answered?

Students may be able to help give your organization the jump start needed to tackle them. We support courses that partner with community, government, and nonprofit organizations.

For information on how the Gephardt Institute can assist, please contact Beth Martin.

The Gephardt Institute also supports the George Warren Brown School of Social Work’s CET course, Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities. Under the supervision of a faculty member, students apply their developing knowledge and skills in stakeholder assessment, community engagement, and management in diverse settings. Potential outcomes for you may include expanded programs and services, new insight into organizational decision-making, or improvements in fundraising and grant-making processes. For information on the Request for Projects process for this specific course, please click here.

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