• Faculty Fellows for Community-Engaged Learning

    CELO is currently eaccepting applications for the 2023 Faculty Fellows program.

    CELO's Faculty Fellows is a cohort-based faculty development program and learning community. Fellows explore community-engaged pedagogy and course design, pedagogical approaches highlighting critical reflection and civic engagement, and how to prepare students to address community priorities effectively.

    Learn more about our faculty development work.

  • CELO Workshop:
    Student Transferable Skills

    Help students identify & articulate community-engaged learning outcomes

    Request workshop or more info

    CELO offers this in-class workshop, helping students reflect on their experience and articulate some of the transferable skills they have gained and developed in their community-engaged course.

    Help students:

    • ◼ understand the context of their community-engaged experience as it relates to future, post-UVM opportunities and employment
    • ◼ identify – and put language to – some of the personal and professional skills they've gained from their service-learning project
    • ◼ learn how to convey those skills in future professional settings and communications (resumés, cover letters, interviews, etc.)
  • 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.

  • 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!

  • CELO Annual Report

    Though the past year in community-engagement looked different than ever before, our mission to expand, deepen, and make more strategic service-learning partnerships carried on.

    Read our AY21 Annual Report

  • 2022 CELO Awards

    CELO hosted its annual Community-Engaged Learning Awards on April 7th, where we recognized outstanding faculty, students, and community partners.

    CELO Awards.

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

CELO works to create a community of practice among UVM faculty, students, and community partners built on the high-impact practice of community-engaged learning. Service learning (SL) and civic learning (CL) courses work in partnership with hundreds of organizations: nonprofits, local government entities, small businesses, community associations, and more. 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. Through this coursework, students prepare for full participation in public life by deploying their academic skills within reciprocal community partnerships that address community-identified priorities.

The University of Vermont has a distinguished history of community-engaged teaching and learning. As the alma mater of John Dewey, 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, helping faculty infuse community engagement into their teaching and scholarship; maintaining relationships with community partners; and supporting pathways for students to engage in communities throughout their time at UVM and beyond.
 

COMMUNITY-ENGAGED LEARNING BY THE NUMBERS, AY22

99 service- & civic-learning courses51 faculty taught SL / CL courses140+ community partners to SL / CL courses
18.5% of all undergraduates took at least one SL / CL course in AY2244% of 2022 graduating seniors took at least one SL / CL course during their UVM career22 academic departments offered SL / CL courses in AY22
 

Faculty

CELO trains faculty in service-learning pedagogy and practice, while supporting approximately 100 community-engaged learning courses every year across schools, colleges, and disciplines. We designate courses; consult with departments and individual faculty; offer a Faculty Fellows program; and provide many other in-course supports, faculty development opportunities, and resources for developing courses.

Designate Your Community-Engaged Learning Course

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Students

CELO can help students get involved with many different partners, professions, and communities in Burlington and beyond. We work with students to connect academic skills and interests with community partners and real-world experiences; run a Service-Learning TA program; and support commnuity-based research opportunities for students.

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Community Partners

Service-learning is a reciprocal partnership between community organizations, professors and students. Students in service-learning courses can offer technical, logistical, analytical, educational, design, and clinical support. If you are interested in partnering with a UVM course, here is the place to start.

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