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 inaugural 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.

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

Previous Events:

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 with all phases of community-engaged curriculum development and implementation. In doing so, we aid our campus partners in fulfilling the Chancellor’s priority for Civic Engagement by providing 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.”

The following four principles should guide the development of community-engaged teaching and learning at UCLA:

  • The community-engaged work should be integrated with the other elements of the course design

  • The community-engaged work should be sustained across the quarter, with value created for both students and community partners

  • Assessment of student learning should reflect the integration of their community-based experience with academic content

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

Approaches to Community-Engaged Teaching

Community-Engaged Research

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

Client Consulting

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

Service Delivery

Students support the delivery of programs or services to constituents being served by a community organization.

K-12 and Community Education

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

Co-Creating

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

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.

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.

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.

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.