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Engaged Faculty Institute

With the support of Campus Compact, the Engaged Faculty Institute (EFI) provides an opportunity for up to 30 beginning practitioners to participate in a multi-faceted training experience around community-based learning, a dynamic teaching/learning strategy that has been shown to increase students’ mastery of course content, enrich campus/community relationships, and positively impact retention rates. The EFI will employ readings, hands-on workshops, and discussions with regional experts to provide the best practices for community-based learning and guide participants as they integrate community-based learning into their own curricula.  Workshop topics will include reciprocal community-campus partnerships, critical reflection, assessment strategies, community-based learning in the context of engaged scholarship, tenure & promotion, and more. Participants will leave the EFI with a new or modified syllabus for one (or more) of their courses that demonstrates the principles and best practices of community-based learning.  Faculty from Adams State University, Colorado College, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Fort Lewis College, and University of Colorado Colorado Springs will be selected to join the 2013 cohort.

Participants commit to attend the entire institute, build community-based learning partnerships, and integrate tools and methods into at least one course within one academic year, with the intention of ultimately engaging students in the community while enhancing their classroom learning.  The 2013 Engaged Faculty Institute will consist of a two- day professional development program on April 18th & 19th, 2013 at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Participants will receive a stipend of $500 upon successfully completing the institute.  Travel and lodging will also be reimbursed up to $500.