As a campus institute that reports to the Academic Vice Provost, CILSA supports faculty across the disciplines who are dedicated to the common good and community engagement.



Ongoing Faculty Development

CILSA's small-group and departmental workshops and individual technical assistance enable faculty to create new and revise existing courses.

Topics for Workshops, Brownbags, and Individual Meetings:

  • How Service-Learning and/or Community-Based Research courses can be developed to meet the new Core Curriulum learning goal of Community Engagement
  • How Social Justice courses can be developed to meet the new Core Curriulum learning goal of Common Good
  • Establishing partnerships with community organizations (and connecting with CILSA's existing partners)
  • Reflection strategies
  • Assessment of student learning and community service/research outcomes

Individual faculty and departments who are interested in scheduling a meeting or workshop with CILSA staff can contact Sarah Dempsey at

CILSA's Faculty Development Cohort for Engaged Pedagogy

This year-long cohort experience enables faculty participants to:
  • Understand which type of course---Social Justice, Service-Learning, or Community-Based Research---supports their existing learning goals
  • Create a new course and/or modify an existing course to include engaged pedagogy
  • Sustain and deepen their engaged pedagogy

Cohort members participate in a full-day faculty "boot camp," a day-long service immersion experience, a reflection workshop and individual technical assistance sessions with CILSA staff. They receive $250 for participation in all events and $500 for creating a new course to include engaged pedagogy, reflected by receiving an Engaged Teaching Advisory Council official engaged course designation.

Cohort participants include:


  • Nyame Brown, Art & Art History
  • Lynyonne Cotton, Psychology
  • Rebecca Jabbour, Biology
  • Raina Leon, Graduate Education
  • Mary Kay Moskal, Graduate Education
  • Brother Michael Murphy, Director of Mission & Ministry Center





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