Project Engage

Global Community-Engaged Learning Course Development Institute

Completed applications are due March 12, 2021.

The CITL Service-Learning Program (SLP) and The Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies Center for the Study of Global Change are currently seeking eight to ten full-time IU faculty (tenure and non-tenure track) members to participate in the Global Community-Engaged Course Development Institute, a summer course development program beginning in 2021. The purpose of the institute is to promote the creation of new, high quality community-engaged learning courses with a global learning focus, in response to the World Languages and Cultures in the Common Ground and Enriching Educational Experiences in the Shared Goals section of the IUB General Education Requirements.  

The goal of this Institute is to prepare educators to teach community-engaged courses with global/international perspectives. While both the service and global learning components can occur abroad, this is not a requirement. Domestic service that addresses global learning outcomes would also be appropriate courses to develop in this Institute. 

As a result of this program, participants will have:

  1. developed a new global community engaged learning course which would be taught once during the 2021-2023 academic year and twice between the years 2023 and 2027. (Acknowledging the possibility of continued travel restrictions due to COVID, if your class involves global travel please contact organizers to discuss this requirement)
  2. written an annotated syllabus of a new or modified global community-engaged learning course, and 
  3. demonstrated plans to present information on community-engaged and global learning and their course within their department. 

Fellows will receive a $2,000 award to assist with the development and implementation of their community-engaged learning curricula. Funding ($1,000) is also available for community partners to join in the Institute to support course and partnership development.

For more about community-engaged learning and global learning at IU Bloomington see:

Program Stages

The program has three stages (We can work with instructors observing Eid which is predicted to begin in the evening of Wednesday, May 12 and end the evning of Thursday, May 13):

  • Stage I: Introduction to Community-Engaged and Global Learning and the Community, May 12th-14th: Institute Fellows will attend a three day virtual workshop where they will explore the theory and practice of community-engaged learning and global learning, with emphasis on building community partners as co-educators in design and instruction. This may involve visits with local community partner agencies in the greater Bloomington area and virtual visits with global partners to learn how they work successfully with instructors. Pursuant to the global focus of the institute, fellows are encouraged to bring ideas for community partners outside of the local community.
  • Stage II: Developing a Pedagogically Sound and Community Responsive Service-Learning Course, Summer, 2021: Working closely with community partners, their respective mentors, and SLP staff and the Director of Global Center, fellows will conceive and plan integration of a community-engaged learning and global learning component in a new or existing course. Fellows will schedule meetings individually with a faculty mentor, agency representatives, and SLP staff and the Global Center Director to work on their course design.
  • Stage III: Presentation of Course Syllabi, August 10–12, 2021: Fellows will convene on three half days to share final drafts of their annotated syllabus and their plans for departmental presentations.

Application GuidelinesĀ 

  1. Write a 3-5 page essay that responds to the following points. Please, also include a statement of your commitment to participate in all stages of the institute.  
    • Provide a description of the course you would like to develop through the program. If this is a revision to an existing course, please provide the syllabus.
    • What are your prior experiences with community-engaged learning, aka service-learning, and/or global learning?
    • What would you like to accomplish as a result of participating in the institute?
    • How would community-engaged learning pedagogy and/or global learning enhance this course?
    • How and what would you share with your department and colleagues about the incorporation of community-engaged learning  into your curriculum? Provide a description of how you plan to raise the visibility of community-engaged learning within your department.
    • Describe how your philosophy of teaching informs your interest in this institute.
  2. Include a letter of support from your Department Chair, stating a commitment to offering the course through that department once during the 2021-2023 academic year and twice between the years 2023 and 2027.


Completed applications are due March 12, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Valliant, the Director of the Service-Learning Program, at (812) 855-5686 or or Eli Konwest, Interim Director of the Center for the Study of Global Change, (812) 856-4827 or

This institute is partially supported by: African Studies Program, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for the Study of the Middle East, East Asian Studies Center, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Institute for European Studies, Russian and East European Institute