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Professional Development 

Our office actively shares professional development opportunities that enhance faculty’s service learning or community engaged research efforts. We share resources to publish faculty’s community engaged scholarship; webinars, conferences, and workshops that promote excellence in teaching; and resources to document community-engaged research, scholarly, and/or creative activities. Faculty are welcome to access any of the resources; for convenience, we have curated a list to help faculty in any stage of their career!


CSUSB’s Campus Compact Membership Renewal (2020-2021)

CSUSB has renewed its membership with Campus Compact! This membership allows CSUSB faculty to continue receiving access to the cutting-edge resources, training and technical assistance, and recognition opportunities provided by the state-wide and national Campus Compact organizations.

CSUSB Faculty should register for Campus Compact workshops, events, and conferences as a “member” to receive price discounts and/or additional member benefits.

Why it matters? (CSU Chancellor's Office)

Role of faculty members in the community
Since Ernest Boyer’s landmark report in 1990, Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate, leaders in higher education have advocated that faculty members apply their expertise in new and creative ways in partnership with communities (Calleson, 2005).  There are many reasons this engagement is desirable, and increasingly campuses have created ways to incorporate such service into the promotion and tenure process.  The basic premise is that the expertise that resides on campuses will be extremely valuable for addressing the needs of the community.  In addition, many faculty members have found that their involvement in the community enriches their teaching and research in countless ways.

Support for community engagement
Many campuses encourage and reward engagement of faculty in the larger community.  Some offer monetary incentives, others make recognition a top priority, still others provide an array of supports for such work, including fellow designations, workshops, compilations of willing community partners, and others.  New faculty members should do some investigation of the resources available, either at a campus they are considering joining, or at a campus where they are already employed.  It will be critically important to ascertain the ways in which such work is rewarded on their campus as well, since time is always in short supply for new faculty members and they need to make strategic decisions about how to spend it.

Two ways faculty can get involved: 

  • Community organizations and boards: Faculty members provide community service through contributions in the civic arena such as board or committee membership, or volunteer work with philanthropic and other non-profit organizations.  Examples of this sort of work may include speeches, continuing or extension education activities, policy analysis, or assistance with grant proposals.  These services may be provided to a local Chamber of Commerce, non-profit organizations such as health centers or special interest groups, or governmental groups. Faculty participation with community groups helps them be more effective, respond to problems in the community, and facilitates utilization of the expertise a university offers.
  • Governmental agencies: Cooperation with local, regional and state governmental agencies is another way for faculty members to serve the public.  Collaborations of this type are ideal for capitalizing on the expertise of university faculty.  Whether city, county, state or national agencies, in health, safety, planning, schools, or local government, the service faculty members provide makes a difference in the smooth and effective progress that government agencies make towards their goals.  Establishing relationships through service is one effective way that new faculty members make important networking connections that may lead to other opportunities in the future.

Adjuncts & Lecturers

Community Engagement Library

The Office of Community Engagement offers resources available for check out! Browse our catalog which includes readings about service-learning, community-based research, community development, and Teaching/Writing Methods.


Community-Engaged Learning and Teaching Knowledge Hub

This resource area provides information on how to effectively facilitate curricular community-engaged learning (service-learning) experiences that are beneficial to students and community.        


High Impact Practices: An Educator's Guide

NASH's new free online resource, High Impact Practices: An Educator's Guide, provides over 3c5 interviews and case stories sharing lessons on implementing and scaling equitable HIPs. The modules help provide a scaffold for thinking about HIPs in the larger context of student success efforts, and provide issues to consider for more successful implementation.  The 11 modules are: Why HIPs Matter; Readiness Assessment; System Vision & Leadership; Goal Setting & Communication; Teaching & Learning; Transparency & Quality Learning; Pedagogy & Equity; Assess & Analyze; Equitable Assessment & Action; Implement & Scale; HIPs Spotlights. Access the modules here!


Campus Compact National Webinar Series

Campus Compact’s 2020-2021 national webinar series takes the great and varied work happening on the ground around the country and brings it straight to your desk. Topics touch on issues of relevance to faculty, staff, students, and their partners in education and community building. Be sure to tune in each month for information, tools, and resources to support and inspire you. Webinars are free for Campus Compact members.


Engaging Online: Promising Practices in E-Service Learning and Digital Civic Engagement


High Impact Community-Engaged Learning Practices and Processes

Tenure-track Faculty

Toolkit for Service-Learning in Higher Education

This is an ideal starting place for faculty interested in developing or improving their service-learning or community-based learning course experience. The topics covered include: Understanding Service-Learning; Establishing Community-Campus Partnerships for Service-Learning; Establishing and Assessing Course Objectives, Learner Outcomes, and Competencies; Planning Course Instruction and Activities; Selecting Texts and Other Learning Resources; Designing Course Evaluation and Improvement Plans; Building Course Infrastructure; Sustaining a Service-Learning Course; Practicing Culturally Competent Service-Learning; Pursuing Opportunities for Service-Learning Scholarship.


Documenting Faculty Community Engagement Efforts

Learn effective ways to connect community engagement activities to your area of scholarly expertise, your teaching philosophy, your understanding of diversity and/or other values attached to research/scholarship/teaching. Dr. Cherstin Lyon also shares tips and best practices to support community engagement and overcome barriers.


National Service-Learning Syllabi Database

A database of service-learning syllabi from a variety of disciplines.  The database was compiled by Campus Compact.  The database is searchable by discipline, and faculty are encouraged to submit syllabi for inclusion in the database.


IARSLCE Getting Service Learning and Community-Engaged Scholarship Published

CSUSB Community-Based Research: Engage to Make Change

Mid- to Late-Career Faculty

Community-Engaged Journals

This is a list of the primary peer-reviewed journals that publish articles on Community-Engaged Scholarship. A description of the focus of each journal is provided below each journal’s title along with the link to each journal’s website.

Committing to Community Engagement - The Engaged Department Initiative

This report shares the common lessons learned among these units for supporting the planning and implementation of an engaging curriculum as part of a movement toward overall departmental engagement. It then presents concrete tools and strategies gleaned from this initiative that can be adapted and used by any department seeking to strategically integrate engagement into its curriculum. 

Conferences, Workshops and Events

The California State University has announced a system-wide extension to employee travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the CSU budget reductions through June 30, 2021.

Additional Professional Development Resources