• 2021 CELO Award Winners

    In a special edition of our annual Community Partner Awards, CELO recognized ten community partners for their flexibility and adaptation in the face of COVID.

    Read about the 2021 Outstanding Community Partners

  • Community-Engaged Learning Course Designation

    Courses designated as Service Learning (SL) or Civic Learning (CL) on the Schedule of Courses include everything from introductory-level projects offering initial exposure to community engagement to full-year, service-learning capstone experiences that launch students into life after UVM. 

    See the designation criteria, learn more about the process, and designate your SL/CL course.

  • Faculty Fellows for Community-Engaged Learning

    CELO's Faculty Fellows for Community-Engaged Learning program has trained more than 200 faculty from every school/college in community-engaged learning best practices. Faculty teaching (or planning to teach) courses with the Service Learning (SL) or Civic Learning (CL) designation are encouraged to apply.

    Learn more about our faculty development work.

  • CELO Workshop:
    Conducting Community-Based Research in Service-Learning Classes

    Led by Prof. Cherie Morse, Geography

    Award-winning faculty member Cherie Morse shared her approach to conducting research for community partners within academic courses — a significant learning experience for students, and a viable alternative to other forms of service-learning in the pandemic. Cherie has partnered with the Vermont Land Trust, Franklin-Grand Isle Community Action, the Town of Greensboro and others to develop research projects implemented within courses.

  • Creative COVID Adaptations (Faculty Panel)

    CELO hosted a faculty panel entitled Civic Learning (CL) Courses: Creative Adaptations to COVID Conditions. Three experienced faculty members discussed how they have developed a civic learning (CL) course project or turned a service-learning course into a CL course in response to the pandemic.


    For faculty teaching community-engaged learning (particularly service learning) courses, please read CELO's guide to adapting your community-engaged course for flexible delivery.

    CELO Resources

  • Zooming Past Social Isolation

    Senior Nursing student Kylie Beausoleil’s research project seeks to determine how social isolation affects older adults during COVID-19, and whether they will continue using technology to communicate with loved ones post-pandemic. Kylie is working withadvising faculty Jason Garbarino in support of his service-learning course, and financially supported by a Simon Family Public Research Award.

  • Community-Engaged Learning Opportunities for Students

    Whether you are interested in exploring community-engaged learning for the first time, or have completed multiple community-engaged course, there are many opportunities to continue connecting your academic skills and interests to real-world experiences with community partners. Learn more about how you can get involved!

The Community-Engaged Learning Office (CELO) is UVM's home for academic service-learning. Our goal is to help students put their learning into practice on behalf of the many communities connected to UVM.

The University of Vermont has a distinguished history of community-engaged teaching and learning. As the alma mater of John Dewey and in his hometown of Burlington, UVM is deeply invested in this particular high-impact educational practice (Kuh 2008), and has long valued engagement in community and experiential education as key foundations for citizenship. CELO continues this work, maintaining relationships with community partners, and supporting pathways for students to engage in communities throughout their time at UVM and beyond.

CELO trains faculty in the pedagogy and practice of service-learning, helping to provide students with access to over 100 community-engaged learning courses every year across disciplines and in almost every school and college. These courses work in partnership with hundreds of organizations: nonprofits, local government entities, small businesses, community associations, and more. Students in service-learning courses offer technical, logistical, educational, design, and clinical support. In so doing, students prepare for full participation in public life by deploying their academic skills within reciprocal community partnerships that address community-identified priorities.

CELO AY20 Annual Report



101 service- & civic-learning courses60 faculty teaching SL courses177 community partners to SL courses
44% of 2020 graduating seniors took at least one SL course6 new Faculty Fellows for Community-Engaged Learning7 awards for Outstanding Service-Learning


CELO works to create a community of practice among UVM faculty built on the high-impact practice of community-engaged learning. We designate courses; offer a Faculty Fellows program; and provide many other faculty development opportunities, in-course supports, and other course development resources. 

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CELO can help students get involved with many different partners, professions, and communities in Burlington and beyond. Whether you have completed one community-engaged learning course or many, there are opportunities to continue connecting your academic skills and interests to real-world experiences with community partners.

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Community Partners

If you are interested in parrtnering with a UVM course, here is the place to start. Service-learning is a reciprocal partnership between community organizations, professors and students. Students engage in work that benefits a community organization, while faculty provide a structure for accountability to the project or service that helps students learn from their experience.

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