Learning Community

Community-Based Teaching

Teaching and Learning for Community Impact

This Fall 2023 learning community is a place where instructors can explore a range of topics, challenges, opportunities, and tangents that arise within the wide world of community-based teaching.

In this setting, we use “community-based teaching” as shorthand for practices such as community-engaged teaching, service-learning, social action teaching, and more. What these practices all have in common is that they bring students, faculty, and community partners together in pursuit of community-defined, mutually beneficial goals.

In practice this may look like: 

  • A social action course that challenges students to identify and work to change policy  

  • A service-learning course that combines classroom and experiential learning through student volunteering and reflection 

  • A community-engaged course in which significant portions of the syllabus are co-planned, or even co-taught, with community partners 

  • Or another form of community-based teaching and learning or engaged scholarship 


There will be six in-person meetings during the fall semester. Meetings will be held from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM. The meeting location and topics will vary by week. Lunch will be provided. Participants may be asked to complete readings related to community-based teaching prior to meetings.



Wednesday, September 6 

CTE Library 

  • Introductions 

  • Looking back on past FLC experiences 

  • Suggestions for future sessions 

The overarching goals for this session is to introduce faculty to one another; one another’s work, and allow C.L. the chance to understand the questions, concerns, and aspirations of the attendees.

Wednesday, September 20

Booker House Conference Room

  • Partnerships 

  • Preparing students 

  • Reflections Part I

Session overview:

  • Partnerships: Principles and practices undergirding successful authentic partnerships with community members; special consideration of partnerships within PreK-12 world; sustaining long-term health of partnerships through expectation setting; aligning goals of community-based work with those of classroom experience 

  • Students: Preparing students for the experiences of a community-based course; understanding one’s identity and differences 

  • Reflections: Role of reflection in envisioning and planning a course

Wednesday, October 4

O’Neil Hall Conference Room 001

  • Madison House 

  • Public Service Pathways 

  • Where to find support & funding 

Session overview: Landscape of offices and organizations in and around UVA who support community-based teaching; Madison House overview, their student development experience, volunteer placements; funding sources at UVA; Public Service Pathways, contribution to university-wide recommitment to public service

Wednesday, October 18

O’Neil Hall Conference Room 002

  • Project-based learning 

  • Flipped classroom 

  • Learning objectives 

  • Assessment 

Session overview: Project based learning; flipped classrooms; crafting learning objectives; assessment in the engaged classroom; community feedback; student feedback; building mechanisms for feedback that improve the experience

Wednesday, November 1

O’Neil Hall Conference Room 002

  • Reflections Part II 

  • Grading 

Session overview: Return to student reflections; special considerations for grading in the engaged classroom

Wednesday, November 15

O’Neil Hall Conference Room 002

  • Scholarship of engagement – publishing, research, conferences 

Session overview: Scholarship of engagement; planning ahead for publication, including provisions for IRB approval; presenting at conferences; co-writing with community partners; journals from the field 


These sessions are open to any UVA colleagues interested in community-based teaching, engaged scholarship, and university-community partnerships, including full-time and part-time faculty (tenured/tenure-track, AGFM), graduate students, postdocs, and staff. No prior experience is required. You can register for any individual session or the whole series.


This learning community is organized with support from the Center for Teaching Excellence and Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Outreach.

Event Details

Questions about the event?

Contact edb2q@virginia.edu.

Rose Cole

she/her adjunct instructor