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The Scholarship of Community Engagement

The Scholarship of Community Engagement Grants serve to assist faculty with their service learning projects and research. For information on how to apply, visit the application file and grant agreement form. 

Linking Research, Teaching and Service

MINI-GRANTS of up to $500

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Deadline to Submit Applications:  Ongoing
First Come, First Serve. Funds are Limited.

Since 2004, the center has been building capacity for service learning and community development within UTB's service area. The center leads the Scholarship of Community Engagement (SOCE), which has funded faculty and their service learning and travel costs.

SOCE links scholarship, teaching, and civic engagement to encourage faculty in academically relevant work that simultaneously fulfills the university's service and research mission while meeting community needs. Students will benefit from the SOCE initiative by engaging in a structured process of critical reflection on the ethical, intellectual, and civic aspects of their experiences while being mentored by faculty. The Center uses a variety of incentives to develop SOCE, including:

SOCE Mini-Grants. Each semester, depending on budget limitations, the center plans to award five mini-grants of $500 (or more depending on the project) to faculty who engage in research or teaching projects that use service learning to address issues of local interest. The purpose of the awards is to fund projects or travel designed to discover or present new knowledge that benefits our community specifically or academia in general. The outcome of a research project should be a publication in a blind, peer-reviewed journal, while the outcome for a teaching project could be a service learning project, a presentation or paper presented at a conference.  SOCE awards can either be for individual projects or aggregated for a collaborative project. Winners are selected by a community advisory board. Mini-grants may be used for reasonable costs incurred to discover new knowledge within our community, or to discover knowledge that meets a demonstrated community need, or to fund travel to a conference to present a paper based on research discovered within our community. Mini-grants are to be transferred to department M&O accounts and, therefore, must be spent in accord with university and state fund policies: “The attorney general has stated that the Texas Constitution prohibits a state agency from purchasing food, coffee, cream, sugar and similar items that are to be consumed by employees or visitors to the university.”

Applicants requesting funds for travel must refer to the University Travel Policy, located on the Travel Site.(

SOCE Research Assistants. When possible, the center will task CCE student scholars as research assistants to faculty that have been awarded a SOCE mini grant. These scholars may assist SOCE faculty awardees with scholarship, research, writing, data collection, reporting and logistics. In addition, the center will be able to provide individual faculty assistance and help to structure an engaged" research project, as well as facilitating an IRB Review with Sponsored Programs.


Publishing Outlets for Service-Learning
and Community-Based Research

Journal for Civic Commitment  Community College National Center for Community Engagement, Mesa Community College, Mesa Arizona

The Evaluation Exchange  Harvard University 
Harvard Family Research Project's evaluation periodical, The Evaluation Exchange, addresses current issues facing program evaluators of all levels, with articles written by the most prominent evaluators in the field.

Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement,  University of Georgia  JHEOE seeks to serve as a forum to promote the continuing dialogue about the service and outreach mission of the University and its relationship to the teaching and research missions and to the needs of the sponsoring society.

Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning,   University of Michigan    The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning is a national, peer-reviewed journal consisting of articles written by faculty and service-learning educators on research, theory, pedagogy, and issues pertinent to the service-learning community.

Academic Exchange Quarterly  
Independent double-blind-peer-reviewed print journal.

Journal on Excellence in College Teaching  Miami University, OH   The Journal on Excellence in College Teaching (ISSN 1052-4800) is a peer-reviewed journal published at Miami University by and for faculty at universities and two- and four-year colleges to increase student learning through effective teaching, interest in and enthusiasm for the profession of teaching, and communication among faculty about their classroom experiences.

Journal of Experiential Education. AEE.

Conferences and Call for Papers

Community Engaged Scholarship for Health
The Community-Engaged Scholarship for Health Collaborative has been announced by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health. Funded by a three-year $563,842 grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the collaborative is comprised of a diverse group of 10 health professional schools that seek to recognize and reward community engagement as central to the role of faculty members at their own institutions and nationally. The collaborative responds to recommendations of many prominent national groups that are calling upon health professional schools to be more engaged in their communities. For more information, contact Jen Kauper-Brown by e-mail at, by phone at (206) 543-7954, by  fax at (206) 685-6747 or by mail at UW Box 354809, Seattle, WA 98195-4809.

Call for Papers: The Clearing House, a journal of educational strategies, issues and Ideas
The Clearing House, the distinguished bimonthly educational journal, is seeking articles on university-school partnerships. Possible topics include service learning, curriculum development, poverty, illiteracy, and school or community programs. Accepted manuscripts generally appear in the journal within a year. Contact: Sarah C. Yaussi, Managing Editor,

Service Learning Syllabi and Programs

Carnegie Foundation-Multimedia Gallery of Teaching and Learning  
Sample Syllabi (Civic Renewal Movement) 

Community-Campus Partnership for Health,  University of Washington, Seattle, WA  

Program for Health and Higher Education (American Association of Colleges and Universities) 
Health and Wellness Course Syllabus (2003) (PDF file). Indiana University-Bloomington.  Students use concepts from nursing, nutrition, pharmacology, and biopsychosocial sciences to critically examine the determinants of health, wellness, and illness across the lifespan.  Environmental, socio-cultural, and economic factors that influence health care practices are emphasized. Theories of health, wellness, and illness are related to health promotion, disease prevention, and illness prevention nursing interventions.

Community Nursing, (2001) Humboldt University 
Emphasis is on employing the nursing process utilizing modeling and role-modeling and the appropriate level of prevention in the community focusing on individuals, families, groups and communities.

Student Service Learning Assessment   The "End-of-Program Survey" for students is intended to describe the students’ perspectives and attitudes on several issues related to their experience(s) with service-learning course(s). Topics assessed by the survey include students' view or attitude on service, the impact of service-learning on career/specialization choice, and the students' perspectives on working in a diverse community

CBIRD Report on Buena Vida

The Buena Vida Report (PDF file).  The report was prepared for the Center for Civic Engagement by Dr. Baltazar Acevedo and his team at the Cross Border Institute for Regional Development in Brownsville, Texas. 

National and Regional Organizations

Service Learning/Community-Based Teaching & Learning Models  (American Association of Colleges and Universities)

The Centre for Policy and Practice, Bloomington, IN 
The Centre for Policy and Practice is an independent, nonpartisan organization that supports research and its application to real world questions.  Staff at the Centre have experience organizing research conferences as well as practitioner oriented conferences with anywhere from 300 to 3,000 attendees. This work is inter-disciplinary in nature and includes faculty from Education, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Criminology, and Public Policy as well as Area Studies experts and practitioners and policy makers interested in research and best practices.   

Citizenship and Democracy

The American Democracy Project, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

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