University of Vermont

Office of Community-Engaged Learning (CELO)

Faculty Development

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CUPS works primarily as a faculty development office, under the Office of the Provost. We provide consultation, resources, and training for all faculty members, as well as teaching assistants in SL courses. On this page you can learn about our workshops and Faculty Fellows program, but please don’t hesitate to contact us for individual conversation about what might work best in your particular course or department. 

Faculty Fellows for Service-Learning

Since 1999, CUPS has trained more than 200 faculty members in service-learning pedagogy and related community engagement.

Currently, our Fellows program welcomes a cohort of 6-10 faculty each year to a series of 2 workshops and 4 lunches in the winter and spring. Faculty dive into the practice and pedagogy of service-learning, read and critically reflect on SL resources, and complete the Fellows training having developed an SL course (or course component) with peer support and direct mentoring. Faculty from all units, and at all ranks are encouraged to apply, including lecturers; preference is given to applicants who have a specific course in mind for development as service-learning. Applications are due mid-November each year.

Workshop/Lunch Topics:

  • December Lunch: SL Project Conceptualization - Identifying Hopes, Goals, Capacity and Constraints
  • January Workshop: Project and Partnership Development
  • February Lunch: Communicating SL to Students and Partners
  • March Lunch: Preparation and Reflection
  • April Lunch: Project Management and Communication
  • May Workshop: Culminating Reflection and Assessment
•      Faculty Fellows Program Syllabus
•      List of all Faculty Fellows for Service-Learning

Faculty Workshops

We offer workshops for faculty, both beginning and advanced, as well as for departments and other acadmeic units. We are happy to tailor a workshop to a group's needs, and will also gladly do visits and in-course workshops once a course is established. (Learn more about our in-course supports).

Among the workshops we offer are:

  • SL Basics
  • Critical Reflection
  • Approaches to Service-Learning
  • Building Effective, Reciprocal Community Partnerships
  • Community-Based Research & Engaged Teaching
  • Service-Learning & Sustainability (SL/SU Courses)


Our work is to support faculty; we can meet individually at your convenience about service-learning project design, partnership development, community-engaged teaching -- or just brainstorming possibilities. We will review syllabi, suggest resources, run plausible scenarios, find examples in your discipline - you name it. This is often our favorite activity: we get to help imagine exciting pedagogical opportunities, without having to do the subsequent hard work of nailing it down and then grading the student work.

We are also happy to talk with groups of faculty – with shared interests or within a department or program – about our services, collaborations, partnerships, and other opportunities.


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