Faculty Resources

Civic Engagement offers a number of resources for faculty who are interested in incorporating engagement components in their academic courses or interested in encouraging their students to do community-based research.

Faculty Development

  • Summer Course development grants.   Through the generous contribution of the Fahrner family the Gateway offers two Community-based course development grants each summer.
  • The Civic Engagement staff offers annual faculty development workshops in conjunction with other faculty development opportunities. Contact the Civic Engagement office for more details.
  • The director of Civic Engagement, Dave Roncolato, welcomes individual meetings with faculty members who are interested in community engagement and/or who seek suggestions for community organizations for partnership development.

Places to Publish

Here are just a few of the many scholarly publications available in the field:

  • Collaborations: A Journal of Community-Based Research and Practice
  • Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning
  • Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement
  • Journal of Service-Learning in Higher Education

Student assistance

The Allegheny Community Engaged Student Fellows (ACES Fellows) are a small team of students trained in service-learning pedagogy. This is a student led program within the Allegheny Gateway.   These students meet with faculty to assist with community engagement components in academic courses. They are also skilled at offering presentations in class to prepare students for engaging in the communities beyond the college. Contact acestudentfellow@allegheny.edu for more information. Eleanor Weisman and Dave Roncolato are the ACES fellows faculty advisors.

Library resources

There is a civic engagement library on the main floor of Pelletier library. Other print resources are available for loan from the director of Civic Engagement

Civic Learning and Community-based learning

  • The CE ad hoc committee has developed a VALUE rubric based on the format of AAC&U’s VALUE Rubric. Contact Dave Roncolato.

CL: Civic Learning (CL).Civic Learning develops the political, ethical, and social capacities citizens need to address the challenges facing local, regional, national, and international communities through community engagement and/or through the cultivation of civic knowledge, skills, motivations, and behaviors. Learning Outcome: Students who successfully complete this requirement will demonstrate an understanding of economic, political, legal, cultural, natural, historical, or social forces that affect public problems or civic issues.

  • Allegheny College designates on Web Advisor “community engagement” (“E”) any course that incorporates a required community engagement component that meets all of the following criteria:

Criterion 1: Integrated LearningThe engagement activity(s) and the course content/learning objectives complement each other due to a high quality placement. The learning experience involves interactive partnership with community through students working directly with community members, organizations, and/or issues.

Criterion 2: Identified Community Issues and/or NeedsThe engagement activity(s) implemented within the course correlates to a community need or issue that is articulated from community voice; meaning that it is identified by or in collaboration with the community partner.

Criterion 3: ReflectionStudents reflect, through written work or other forms of evaluation, on the application of the engagement activity(s) as they relate to the course content.

Criterion 4: Engaged Course PedagogiesCourse utilizes an engaged pedagogy such as: Issue/Problem/Policy-Based Learning, Service-Learning or Community-Based Learning, Action Research or Community-Based Research, Public Scholarship.

Sample Syllabi

  • Discipline specific sample syllabi can be found in AAHE’s series on Service-Learning in the Disciplines available in the Civic Engagement office of the Allegheny Gateway
  • Sample syllabi are available through Campus Compact at https://compact.org/resource-type/syllabi/

Summer community-based projects with students

Through the generous contribution of the Fahrner family the Allegheny Gateway funds four community-based projects over the summer months. These projects are accomplished by a team comprised of community partner, faculty member (or administrator) and one or more students.