Course Development and Scholarship

Course Development and Design

Any faculty member can choose to implement a community engagement project/assignment in a class. A course does not need to have been previously identified “service learning” or “community engaged." The CCE supports all faculty who are interested in implementing a project – and any course can be loaded into the CalStateS4 system to assist faculty with student placements and community partnerships.


For individual consultations and assistance with implementing service learning and community engagement, please email Emily Chow, Senior Coordinator, Center for Community Engagement

 An updated version of the faculty handbook will be available fall 2021.

The Center for Community Engagement is working to identify current remote/virtual opportunities within the community. However, as our communities ‘reopen’ and attempt to navigate safely, these types of projects are just beginning to emerge. Faculty should still encourage students to explore on-site service and engagement options as many organizations have implemented the necessary safety provisions. (See COVID-19 guidelines on our Student Community Placements page.)

Virtual/Remote Service and Civic Engagement Information Sheet 

Faculty Planning Checklist

CalStateS4 - Current Opportunities (Students and Faculty must log in using net id to view)


From the Chancellor's Office Center for Community Engagement:

Instructional Alternatives During COVID-19

Slides & Resources from the CO's 3-Part Web Series on Creating Virtual & Remote SL/CE Experiences



Civic Engagement Projects (CEP) actively contribute to the common good*  through public dissemination  ("community facing" results) and integrate learning outcomes related to civic engagement, social justice, or social responsibility. CEP are distinguised from community-engaged or service learning in that they don't take place in partnership with or for a community organization (i.e. are not "community based").

While faculty may assign CEP that do not include public dissemination, the Center for Community Engagement is only concerned with student learning that intersects with the common good and contains a specific “community facing” component (public dissemination).

(*Distinguished from private or individual interests, the term “common good” refers to the material, cultural or institutional interests and goals that members of a society have in common that embody sustained mutual respect, e.g. arts, civic engagement, community health/well being, economic development, education, equity, sustainability. Adapted from Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.)

For more information, please refer to the following information sheets:

Overview of Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement Projects and Assignments

Developed by Cal State East Bay faculty, the Assignment Guide for Social Responsibility as an ILO is a resource for activities, assignments and reflections for teaching to social responsibility as a learning outcome. The guide covers a variety of disciplines and types of activities.

Library of Congress - Civil Rights History Collection  - The activists interviewed for this project belong to a wide range of occupations, including lawyers, judges, doctors, farmers, journalists, professors, and musicians, among others. The video recordings of their recollections cover a wide range of topics within the freedom struggle, such as the influence of the labor movement, nonviolence and self-defense, religious faith, music, and the experiences of young activists. 

Facing History - Resources that explore racism, prejudice, and religious intolerance.

Inclusion - The Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) has created an Inclusive Teaching Practices Toolkit which supports faculty in creating learning environments where all students feel they belong.

Smithsonian Learning Lab Resources: A sample of educational resources available at this link are listed below:

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
  • Smithsonian Latino Center

The Global Oneness ProjectA library of multimedia stories (films, photo essays, and essays) with curriculum and discussion guides - featuring individuals and communities impacted by climate change, water scarcity, food insecurity, poverty, endangered cultures, migration, and sustainability. 

The National Association of System Heads (NASH) offers an online module for faculty and universities on creating scalable and equitable high impact teaching and learning practices. HIPS ONLINE

 National Issues Forum - Resources on public deliberation on campuses and within communities.

Connecting to Congress - Tools and opportunities for connecting with Congressional offices.

To ensure strong communication with students, syllabi in community engaged courses should include:

  • A definition of community engagement or service learning and an explanation of how or why this type of learning activity is important to the course or discipline
  • A description of the community engagement or service learning activities and how they connect to community needs
  • Identification of time commitment or requirement (if relevant)
  • Instructions for the placement process, including finding/contacting partners, confirming placement, logging hours.
  • Identification of course materials that connect community and course learning
  • An articulation of student learning outcomes relevant to the community engagement/service learning activity (e.g. civic learning, social responsibility, social justice, equity, sustainability) or that demonstrate the connection between community and course learning
  • Identification of assignments that connect community and course learning (e.g. reflections, papers, presentations, discussions)
  • Explanation of any assessment tied to community engagement or service learning activity or assignments

For tips on syllabus construction - visit our Faculty Guide [An updated version of the faculty handbook will be available fall 2021.]

Campus Compact hosts an archive of sample syllabi available at

Loyola University New Orleans has a well organized database by disciple with open access PDFs of sample syllabi

Additional Resources:

Ballard, Sharon M., Elmore, Barry. “A Labor of Love: Constructing a Service-Learning Syllabus,” The Journal of Effective Teaching, Vol. 9, No. 3, 2009, 70-76 accessed at

The CCE engages in multiple forms of assessment of our programs, activities, and community partnerships. We also develop tools for faculty to use in assessing student learning and constructing strong community engaged learning experiences. 

Assessing Community Partnerships - Best Practices

Assessing Student Learning - Civic Engagement

Assessing Student Learning - Community Engagement

Institutional Learning Outcome Rubric - Social Responsibility

Community Engaged Learning Course Framework - Encompasses community engagement and service learning; developed by the Chancellor's Office and used to apply course attributes.

For additional information on identifying these types of courses and definitions related to this work - please see our About Community Engagement page.


Ernest Boyer, former President  of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, wrote one of the seminal works on the scholarship of engagement, "Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professorate" (Jossey Bass 1990). This book is available for loan through the CCE.

Boyer also penned an article in 1996:

Boyer, Ernest. "The Scholarship of Engagement," Boyer, E. (1996). "The scholarship of engagement." Journal of Public Service and Outreach, 1(1), 11-20. Accessed at

Michigan State University has an engaged scholar newsletter

The Engaged Scholarship Consortium hosts conferences and provides resources, note a database of suggested journals for review and publication

For information on how to include community engagement in faculty dossiers here at Cal State East Bay, refer to our this handout on Community Engagement in Faculty Dossiers or our  Faculty Guide

The Chancellor’s Office has called for two common attributes and definitions of Service Learning (CSLI) and Curricular Community-Engaged Learning (CCEL) across all CSUs to improve data collection, assessment, and information transparency with students. CO definitions have been designed to encompass existing campus definitions (not supersede).  

The attributes will be implemented through a faculty survey managed through CalStateS4 and the Center for Community Engagement. The survey will be disseminated in early Spring 2021 to faculty teaching a wide variety of community engaged courses. Based on a faculty member's response to the survey, a course will receive either the CSLI or CCEL attribute. The internships attribute is still active, but based on the inventory process, there may be a revision of NTRN courses.

Please visit the Community Engagement Course Attribute page for complete information.

Center for Community Engagement Workshops:

Back to the Bay - "A Brave New World: Civic and Social Engagement in the Virtual Classroom" Thursday, August 13th, 11am.

Back to the Bay - "The Building Blocks for Effective Social Responsibility Assignments" Thursday, August 13th, 1pm. In collaboration with Academic Programs and Services.

Make a Difference Week Faculty Workshop - In honor of Make a Difference Week and our traditional faculty workshop, the Center for Community Engagement has created a compendium of videos covering each of the topics we normally address in our workshop. Click here to view this resource. 

If after viewing these videos, you would like to discuss any of the topics, please join us for a drop-in session on Friday, October 23rd from 10:00am - 10:45am. Zoom link

Faculty who are working towards the Faculty Development High Impact Practices Certificate should complete the Visioning Chart Activity and submit it to to receive your letter of participation.

Community Service in the RTP Process - In collaboration with the Office of Faculty Development and the Institute for STEM Education, Tuesday, April 13th, 12:15-1:15

Learn more about Make a Difference Week!

Resources on strategies and guiding principles:

»Discussions from a viewpoint of community partners

»Discussions from a faculty viewpoint

»9 Principles of CBR

»Thought Questions for CBR projects


The Center for Community Engagement is offering faculty the opportunity to be featured in our newsletters and annual report. The CCE will then include your submission in the next issue of our newsletter and our annual report. Our newsletters and annual report are sent campus wide and to our community partner organizations.Faculty may submit material for the following categories: 

  • Course-related student direct service activities.
  • Course-related student civic engagement projects.
  • Research or scholarship related to community engagement.
Click here for a sample newsletter.
Click here to view our annual reports
Click here to see how we define community and civic engagement.

Email questions to:


Submit your highlights here!