USM defines community engagement as the “collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity” (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching). At USM this includes but is not limited to: academic service learning, university-community projects and events, internships, volunteerism, co-curricular community activities and volunteerism, community-based participatory research, clinical placements, field trips, and community speakers.
Community engaged scholarship, teaching and learning are critical to fulfilling USM's commitment to the success of the region and the state. Click the links below to learn more about:
- Community Partnerships
- Community Engagement & Career Development Office
- Assessment of Community Engagement
- Funding for Community Engagement
- Miscellaneous Resources
Building effective, mutually beneficial partnerships is vital to the success of community-engaged teaching, learning and scholarship. Our partners are co-educators and co-researchers that often take on working with USM in addition to their already existing responsibilities.
- Brief Guide to Reciprocal Partnerships
- Partnership Rubric
- Maine Campus Compact
- National Campus Compact
Community Engagement & Career Development Office (back to top)
USM's Community Engagement & Career Development Office (CECD) is designed to help you and your students develop meaningful and impactful community-based learning experiences. Whether you are looking to redesign a course to incorporate community engagement, connect with a community partner, or find internship and career development resources, the CECD can help. Please visit their website and their Faculty and Staff resources for more information or call (207) 228-8091.
If you are looking to design or redesign and online course that incorporates community engagement, please also visit the Center for Technology Enhanced Learning website or call (207) 780-4540.
- Service Learning - Basic Resources
- E-Service Learning
- Civic Prompts: Making Civic Learning Routine Across the Disciplines
- Sample Course Learning Contract
- Civic Teaching & Learning
Assessment of Community Engagement (back to top)
Research and inquiry into our teaching and learning is essential to the effective education of our students and to the development of our communities. USM is committed to ongoing assessment of community engagement for academics and for the institution. We must ensure our faculty and community partners are supported, and our students are having positive learning experiences in the community. For more detailed information, you can view USM's ongoing assessment activities and the CECD Annual Report.
If you have more questions about the assessment of community engagement, please contact Susan King (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Academic Assessment or Emma Gelsinger (email@example.com) in the President's office.
- Assessing Service Learning & Civic Engagement (Overview, Student Impact, Community Impact)
- USM Service-Learning Course Evaluation
- Assessing Engagement Powerpoint
- Sample Assessment Matrix
Funding for Community Engagement (back to top)
- Title III High Impact Practices
- Research Service Center
- Campus Environmental Stewardship Grants
- Faculty Interest Groups
- Course-based support (TBD Fall 2016)
- Department-based support (TBD Fall 2016)
- 2015 Engaged Faculty Grant Programs