Faculty & The Center for Community Learning

The UCLA Center for Community Learning promotes community engagement for undergraduates and faculty through the integration of teaching, research and community-engaged learning. The Center supports individual faculty members and academic units with all stages of community-engaged course development and implementation, and can help connect instructors with community organizations that are interested in partnering on courses and research projects.

The Center’s staff is available to consult with instructors to explore models of community-engaged teaching that best suit learning goals for courses at all levels of the curriculum, from introductory classes to advanced electives and capstones across the disciplines. We also offer pedagogy workshops and manage the Chancellor’s Award for Community-Engaged Research, and can help connect faculty with national and international networks that advance community-engaged teaching and public scholarship in higher education.

We invite you to review our website and contact us for additional information or support.

Faculty Engagement & Upcoming Events:

The Center for Community Learning provides support to faculty and academic departments to integrate and promote community-engaged teaching, research, and learning throughout their work and offerings. We invite you to review our current offerings below, and contact us for additional information.

Community-Engaged Pedagogy Faculty Workshops

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to our quarterly Community-Engaged Pedagogy Faculty Workshops

Are you interested in exploring new dimensions of community-engaged pedagogy—connecting your teaching with community issues, assets and needs in a way that enhances your students’ learning and benefits community partners? Whether you’re experienced or a newcomer to this pedagogy, join us for lunch to meet colleagues and contribute your perspective in this new workshop series.

Thinking About Impact in Community-Engaged Teaching: April 6

April 6, 2020 | via Zoom | 12:00 – 1:15 PM |

A core element of community-engaged teaching is the reciprocal value for student Learning and for community partners. In this session, you’ll hear about the UCLA Labor Center’s Community Scholars Program, a long-standing initiative that engages students and community stakeholders in collaborative applied research that has advanced progressive change in Los Angeles. Participants will learn about various ways in which they can consider impact on both students and the community.

Panelists: Kent Wong, UCLA Labor Center | Janna Shadduck-Hernandez, UCLA Labor Center

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Moderator: Shalom Staub, Center for Community Learning

Career Advancement as a Publicly Engaged Scholar: April 15

April 15, 2020 | via Zoom | 3:30 – 5:00 PM |

Many faculty members embrace engaged scholarship in their teaching and research as means to connect their work to broader social purposes, to work with local communities as a partner for change, and to inculcate a civic ethos in their students. However, faculty policies in higher education often do not recognize the value and validity of engaged scholarship and teaching in tenure and promotion processes. This session will help faculty members think about how to present engaged teaching and research in dossiers that effectively communicate high quality and high impact.

Panelists: Kal Alston, Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life

Moderator: Shalom Staub, Center for Community Learning

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Community Partner Perspectives: November 21

November 21, 2019 | Powell 186 | 12:00 – 1:15 PM | Lunch Provided

Successful community-engaged courses are built on the foundation of strong community partnerships. Faculty learn about the partner organization’s work, its resources and its needs, and then work with community partners to identify appropriate student work which both meets an organizational need and creates authentic opportunities for engaging course content. This session’s panel looks at this dynamic from the community partner’s perspective, and offers faculty the benefit of multiple perspectives from experienced community partners.

Panelists: Blanca Diaz, Mar Vista Family CenterMario Fedelin, Changeist | Derek Steele, Social Justice Learning Institute

Moderator: Shalom Staub, Center for Community Learning

Multiple Models for Community-Engaged Teaching: October 23

October 23, 2019 | Powell 186 | 12:00 – 1:15 PM | Lunch Provided

Community-engaged pedagogy is an approach that seeks to create reciprocal value for the learner and the community. Faculty in many disciplines have embraced this pedagogy in creative ways in a wide range of courses. In this session, you’ll hear from colleagues to illustrate various models for this community-engaged teaching and learning: client/consulting, co-learning, research, and direct service approaches. You’ll also learn about the new draft framework for community-engaged teaching under review by the Undergraduate Council.

Panelists: Andy Atkeson, Economics  Jenny Jay, Civic and Environmental Engineering | Lauri Mattenson, Writing Program | Carla Suhr, Spanish and Portuguese

Moderator: Shalom Staub, Center for Community Learning

Note:

Watch for more events in this workshop series during Winter and Spring Quarters!

Community-Engaged Course Development

The Center for Community Learning supports individual faculty and academic units at all stages of community-engaged curriculum development and implementation. In doing so, we aid our campus partners in fulfilling the Chancellor’s priority for Civic Engagement to provide students with learning experiences and research opportunities that are relevant to their fields of study and create value for our community partners.

Our Framework: What is a Community-Engaged Course?

UCLA’s approach to community-engaged teaching and learning draws heavily on the Carnegie Foundation’s definition of community engagement as “teaching, learning, and scholarship that engages faculty, students, and community in mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration. Their interactions address community-identified needs, deepen students’ civic and academic learning, enhance community well-being, and enrich the scholarship of the institution.”

In April 2020, the Academic Senate’s Undergraduate Council approved a new, flexible and expansive framework for community-engaged courses, replacing the 2008 narrowly-defined “service-learning course” framework. The new framework lays out four principles that should guide community-engaged teaching and learning at UCLA:

  • The community-engaged work creates reciprocal value for the students as learners and for community partners

  • The community-engaged work is sustained across the quarter

  • The community-engaged work is integrated into the course design, including assessment of student learning

  • Students have the opportunity to actively connect the community-based experience with their academic learning through critical reflection.

Approaches to Community-Engaged Teaching

Community-engaged teaching can take many different forms depending on the learning goals for a particular course, the departmental context, and the aims of the community partnership. UCLA faculty currently employ the following strategies in their community-engaged teaching (this list is not exhaustive):

Community-Engaged Research

Students apply their academic skills to conduct research in collaboration with one or more community partners.

Co-Learning

Students and community constituents learn together in courses based at UCLA or in a community location in Los Angeles or through travel study programs.

Service Delivery

Students support the delivery of programs or services to constituents being served by a community organization, bringing these experiences back into the classroom to inform course material.

K-12 and Community Education

Students develop and lead lessons in school-based, afterschool or community programs.

Client Consulting

Students apply the skills of their discipline to address needs or challenges identified by community stakeholders.

Co-Creating

Students and community constituents engage in creative or artistic work together based at UCLA or in a community location.

Organizational Capacity Building

Students work to support the mission of a community organization through activities such as curriculum development, translation services, website design, and data analysis.

Why does UCLA designate community-engaged courses with a special suffix? Why XP?

Although community-engaged courses are not required for general education graduation requirements at UCLA, such courses contribute significantly to fulfilling the core public mission of the university. In addition, such courses contribute to communicating the importance of civic dispositions, knowledge, and action to our students. These are among the principal reasons that UCLA calls attention to community-engaged courses through a designated course suffix.

Furthermore, the XP suffix for community-engaged courses makes it easier for students to find community-engaged courses in the catalog and schedule of classes. It also allows UCLA to identify the broad range of faculty, departments and specific courses that connect with community partners.  Using the course suffix for community-engaged courses helps ensure UCLA can recognize and champion the many faculty who teach such courses. In fact, the UCLA Center for Community Learning is preparing to launch a new “Collaboratory” website that will feature UCLA faculty and their students working with community partners. A search function will make it possible to find faculty and departments, community partners, the specific collaborative work products and activities, as well as areas of focus, populations engaged and locations.

We chose “XP” for eXPeriential, and because our first choice the letters “CE” already appear in other course suffixes.

My course already carries the service-learning course suffix (SL). Do I need to do anything?

Yes! The XP course suffix will replace the SL suffix.

The Center for Community Learning will initiate the update to the suffix attached to your course number through CIMS. All we need you to do is send us a current syllabus. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Shalom Staub, Director, UCLA Center for Community Learning.

I teach a community-engaged course that never fit the old service-learning model. How do I request to have my course reviewed for the community-engaged (XP) course suffix?

Adding the XP suffix to a course that is already part of the UCLA catalog requires a simple course numbering revision in CIMS. All we need you to do is send us a current syllabus. We will initiate the course numbering update in CIMS and route the update to your department chair for approval. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Shalom Staub, Director, UCLA Center for Community Learning.

What is the timeline for the community-engaged course suffix (XP) rollout?

The Undergraduate Council approved the new community-engaged course framework in April 2020. The Center for Community Learning is now requesting that faculty and departments prepare CIMS submissions for existing SL courses and other community-engaged courses that never fit the older SL framework. This transition will continue through the summer into the coming Fall 2020 quarter. By the end of October 2020, when students start to search for courses for Winter 2021 quarter, we expect that the online course listings will be fully searchable for XP courses.

How We Can Support Your Teaching

The Center for Community Learning supports individual faculty members and academic units with all stages of course development and implementation, and can help connect instructors with community organizations that are interested in partnering on courses and research projects. The Center’s staff is available to consult with instructors to explore models of community-engaged teaching that best suit learning goals for courses at all levels of the curriculum, from introductory classes to advanced electives and capstones across the disciplines.

Contact Center Director Dr. Shalom Staub to schedule a consultation with the Center for Community Learning.

Resources

CCL Resources

Online Resources

A Partial List of Publication Outlets

See also: Campus Compact’s list of Publishing Outlets 

Note

Updated resource library is forthcoming

Contact Us:

General Information

UCLA Center for Community Learning

A265 MURPHY HALL, LOS ANGELES, CA, 90095-1571

310.825.7867 | CCL@college.ucla.edu

Faculty Consultation

Contact Center Director Dr. Shalom Staub to schedule a consultation with the Center for Community Learning.