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Civic & Community Engagement

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The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology helps faculty incorporate civic engagement into the way they teach and how their students learn. This includes:

  • One-on-one consultations
  • Course design (including classroom assessment and student learning strategies)
  • Connecting with like-minded faculty members
  • Grants

Begin your journey by contacting Dana Karraker, Coordinator for Faculty Development, at or (309) 438-5110.

Opportunities for Involvement

Civic Engagement Course Redesign Project
Offered during CTLT's Summer Institute, the (Re)Design Your Course for Civic Engagement workshop is a multi-week, cohort-based learning opportunity. Participants who successfully complete this program will have redesigned a course to conform with Illinois State's Civic Engagement and Responsibilities minor.

Community Engagement Learning Grant Program
This grant program is intended to support incorporating the principles and goals of ISU’s core value of civic engagement into students’ curricular experiences. It is co-sponsored by the Civic Engagement and Responsibility Minor, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, American Democracy Project at ISU, and CTLT.

Workshops by Request: Classroom/Community Interaction
Pedagogy for Civic Engagement — Civic engagement is not only one of ISU’s core values, it is also a pedagogical strategy proven to engage students. Consider how to utilize civic engagement to enhance your course and excite your students.

CTLT-Sponsored Teaching-Learning Communities
Teaching-Learning Communities (TLCs) are small groups of faculty (5-12 members) who meet regularly each semester to discuss specific topics of shared interest or to meet the needs of specific groups. Each group establishes its own meeting schedule and CTLT provides space (as requested) and limited funding for books and/or other relevant materials.

Discussion of Controversial Issues as a Teaching and Learning Strategy
Discussion as a teaching strategy enables students to challenge their assumptions, question what they know, and gain new understanding. Students develop the ability to think critically, learn tolerance, inclusiveness and respect through the process. In other words, the discussion of controversial issues provides a context for civic engagement and student learning. Unfortunately, very few students engage in such discussions, whilst the majority chooses to be silent and refrain from these conversations, especially with students of diverse viewpoints. Therefore, instructors have a unique opportunity and responsibility to assist students in challenging themselves to consider different viewpoints and confront each other in a productive and intellectual way.

Additional Resources

Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning
The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning helps coordinate the many, diverse civic engagement projects that occur every semester at Illinois State University. It can help connect instructors with learning opportunities in the community. The Center also partners with University Marketing to produce Redbird Impact, a biannual publication (in print and online) showcase community engagement.

PEP — Political Engagement ProjectFind out more about PEP at Illinois State:

Illinois State’s School of Communication Political Engagement resources PEP Materials for Instructors — the School of Communication has made a number of excellent resources available, including videos, worksheets, slideshows, and more.

Convocation : Meaning, Value, Purposes, & PracticesA short essay by Joe Cuseo of Marymount College that discusses “…the meaning and purposes of convocation,” as well as its “…value and advantages.”

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