Gephardt Institute Resources

The following resources were developed by the Gephardt Institute to provide faculty with scaffolding helpful in developing and teaching a Community Engaged Course. For course-based funding opportunities through the Gephardt Institute, please learn more about our Civic Engagement Fund.

Community Engaged Overview
The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement overview of Community Engaged Teaching.

Course Planning Checklist
The Course Planning Checklist provides a list of details to think about when developing a Community Engaged Course.

Partner Agreement
The Partner Agreement is designed to outline the expectations of the community partners. This form can be adapted to specific Community Engaged Courses or programs with the exception of the release which informs community partners that the projects are completed by students and may not meet professional standards.

Partnership Orientation Handbook
The Partnership Orientation Handbook provides an overview and guidelines for Community Engaged Teaching to community partners, including helpful tips on supervision of students.

Student Agreement
The Student Agreement is designed to inform students of the unique roles and responsibilities of a Community Engaged Course. This form can be adapted with the exception of the release that informs students that their work is the property of the community partner unless otherwise agreed upon.

Partnership Agreement
The Partnership Agreement is designed to facilitate communication among students, faculty, and staff. It communicates expectations for students, community partners, faculty, and Gephardt Institute staff (if applicable) and provides a structure for students to meet with their partner agencies to develop project objectives, descriptions, and tasks.

Liability Waiver
This is a standard liability waiver for Community Engaged Courses and programs. It has been vetted with WU General Council and can be adapted to specific Community Engaged Courses and programs.

External Resources

Faculty might also find these external resources valuable during course development and implementation.

General and Comprehensive Guides:
Toolkit for Designing Community Engaged Courses
Faculty Toolkit for Service Learning in Higher Education
Community Engaged Teaching Step by Step
Guide to Service Learning Pedagogy
Service Learning Models

Community Partnership:
Principles of Partnership
Community Partnership Models, Development, and Agreements

Student Preparation:
Toolkit for Preparing Students for Community Engagement

Community Engagement Course Syllabi:
Campus Compact Syllabi Search
Integrating Service Learning by Discipline

The Experiential Learning Model and Reflection Questions
Types of Reflection Activities
Written Reflection

Community Perspectives on University-Community Engagement:
Building Partnerships with College Campuses: Community Perspectives
Community Voices: A California Campus Compact Study on Partnerships

Other Academic and National Resources:
The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning
Campus Compact
National Society for Experiential Education
National Youth Leadership Council

For further resources or technical assistance, please contact Associate Director of Community Engagement, Sonia Sequeira: