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EPI: Engaged Pedagogy Initiative


The Engaged Pedagogy Initiative (EPI) The EPI is a semester-long community-based learning (CBL) graduate training program that promotes excellence in undergraduate teaching and graduate student professional development.  

EPI Fellows

  • Work within a cross-campus, interdisciplinary cohort
  • Participate in hands-on workshops throughout the semester
  • Meet with existing U-M community partners to discuss the ethics of CBL
  • Meet with undergraduates to understand student perspectives on various teaching strategies 
  • Receive course design feedback from CEAL’s Student Advisory Group on Engagement
  • Benefit from individual course design consultations with CEAL staff
  • Develop a discipline-specific CBL course
  • Present at the bi-annual Engaged Learning Symposium

Who should apply?

The EPI is open to Central Campus Master's or Doctoral-level graduate students in any field who are interested in furthering their interest in CBL pedagogies and who want to develop CBL courses. The EPI is particularly relevant for those who wish to develop their teaching portfolio.  

Context & Benefits

The EPI was established in 2014 through a collaboration between the Center for Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL), the Residential College, and the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Through the EPI, graduate students from across campus explore the theoretical foundations and ethical implications of CBL. The culminating project of the EPI is the creation of a CBL course for undergraduates. Upons successful completion of the EPI, fellows are eligible to apply to be a CEAL CBL Consultant. They are also egibile to submit their proposed course to the annual undergraduate CBL course competition. Selected course proposals are taught through the Residential College each Winter Term.