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The CCE encourages and supports faculty to develop and teach community-based courses. These resources include:

  • Literature and research on community-engaged pedagogy, including structured reflection and assessment;
  • Logistical support, including planning with community partners and transportation;
  • Funding – including small grants and, with advance notice, and on a first-come first-served basis, we can pay for food, materials, transportation, and for TAS and Community Partners.

In particular, we administer the LaPlante Faculty Grant ( program that encourages faculty to develop a new community-based course or revamp an existing one and teach it at least twice in the following three years.  We work closely with faculty members who wish to craft a proposal.

In 2016 – 2017, the CCE awarded LaPlante Grants as follows:

  • Dr. Jennifer Langeland, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, worked with the YWCA Child Care Center in her winter course, “Health Psychology;” and in her spring Senior Seminar, “Happiness.”   Each of her students worked with the children three hours per week.
  • Dr. Aman Luthra, Assistant Professor of Sociology,  collaborated with Ministry with Community and its Executive Director, Rob Oakleaf (K ’01), to conduct research on the impact of Michigan’s bottle/can deposit laws in his spring Quantitative Methods course.
  • Next fall, Dr. Marin Heinritz’s Senior Seminar, “Steal like an Artist: Sustaining a Creative Life,” will explore the question:  “What does life look like for the artist who flies free for the first time?”  Seniors will draw from literature across disciplines and their work during the course as apprentices with local artists and makers who earn a living from their craft.

For articles on pedagogy for critical engagement please visit our Resources page