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Faculty Focus

The Center for Community Engagement supports faculty interest in service-learning through (1) pedagogical innovation and classroom assistance, (2) community partnership development, (3) funding for service-learning courses, and (4) scholarly communities of practice.

Pedagogical Innovation

Service-Learning Mini Course Development Grants: Mini-grant opportunities for faculty and staff interested in developing new community service projects are available through an annual RFP. Mini-grants fund a summer faculty stipend, resources for the service activity, and a partner stipend. Read Faculty Narratives about their funded service-learning courses.

One-on-One Course Construction Consultations: We are available to help construct service-learning syllabi, write learning objectives, develop course reflection techniques, plan service activities, and negotiate logistical questions.

Service-Learning Risk Management: We can assist with partnership agreement forms, student responsibility statements, and photo releases.

Service-Learning Student Assistants: We fund student assistants for service-learning courses. These students are trained by CCE in the basics of service-learning and can assist with logistics, mentoring, and partnership needs.

Partnership Development

Partnership Relationship Building: The CCE works with faculty to coordinate community partnerships for service-learning courses. We will set up meetings with existing partners and develop new Otterbein Community Partnerships to meet course objectives.

Weekly Programs for Students: We can assist students in finding quarterly service placements by recruiting them into our weekly service programs. We will send a representative to classrooms to present weekly service opportunities on request.


Leveraging Resources: The CCE works closely with the Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects to locate external funding for community engagement activities.

Grant-Funded Opportunities: The CCE also houses grant initiatives. We often offer evaluation, research, and teaching opportunities through these programs. Please contact Melissa Gilbert for more information.

Scholarly Communities

Learn about our scholarly communities and read faculty narratives here.

International Service

Check out opportunities to engage in international service here.

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The CCE is located in the Mikesell House, 82 W. Main St.

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


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