Community-Based Learning, Academic-Service Learning, and Place-Based Learning
For faculty interested in developing and/or integrating community-based learning into their courses, curriculum, and/or creative/scholarly efforts, the Office of Academic-Service Learning provides support, seminars, and trainings.
For faculty and staff interested in place-based pedagogy, the Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition (SEMIS) provides institutes and workshops.
Cross-University Collaborations and Engaged Scholarship
Several EMU offices and faculty from various disciplines have cultivated cross-disciplinary community partnerships to meet mutual programmatic and course needs.
EMU’s VISION Volunteer Center offers multiple programs including Alternative Spring Break (ASB) and Best Buddies. VISION also partners with the Washtenaw County Volunteer Database.
The Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities provides support for faculty interested in curriculum collaboration with one of their programs. Since 1979, ISCFC has provided research and service resources for local and state-wide community development. Faculty with interests in education, health, human services and community development should contact ISCFC to explore research, grant, and current program opportunities. They also design and implement engaged scholarly/creative projects and research.
Programs with ISCFC include:
- Family Empowerment Program
- Upward Bound
- Bright Futures
- Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition
Kirk and Sharon Profit Social Justice Fellowship
“Social Justice refers to a concept in which equity or justice is achieved in every aspect of society rather than in only some aspects or for some people. A world organized around social justice principles affords individuals and groups fair treatment as well as an impartial share or distribution of the advantages and disadvantages within a society.”
-Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice, Adams, Bell, Griffin, 2nd ed., Routledge 2007
[email protected] is delighted to announce the Kirk and Sharon Profit Social Justice Research Fund, an award for an individual or team of EMU full-time lecturers, tenure track and/or tenured faculty to engage in public research focused on issues of justice (racial, gender, religious, economic, etc.). This award may also include some limited travel funding.
The 2020 fellowship is in collaboration with EMU's Center for Jewish Studies.
For more information, please visit the Kirk and Sharon Profit Social Justice Fellowship page.
State and National Community Engaged Networks and Organizations
EMU is a member of Michigan Campus Compact where faculty, staff and students participate in community and civic engagement training, share best practices and develop community and university initiatives.
Imagining America, (artists and scholars in the public life) is currently comprised of more than 100 college and university members and community partners. Annual programming includes convening a national conference and organizing cultural institutes and collaborative research projects. IA contributes resources to an expanding membership, offers opportunities to undergraduate and graduate student leaders and provides significant leadership to the field of engaged scholarship in higher education.
NERCHE assists in the management of the Next Generation Engagement project designed to develop and implement civic engagement initiatives aimed at the next generation of students, faculty and scholars in higher education.
Testing, Training and Certifications
EMU's Testing and Certification Center is located in Boone Hall on the main campus. The Center offers a number of industry certification exams, including GED testing and CompTIA.
Faculty and departments interested in designing and developing non-credit and professional training opportunities for re-certifications, programmatic outreach and recruitment, can contact the [email protected] office at [email protected].
Find out more about EMU's current non-credit and professional development programs.