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Engaged Pedagogy Initiative (EPI)



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
  • Receive course design feedback from CEAL’s Student Advisory Group on Engagement and learn from student perspectives  teaching strategies 
  • Benefit from individual course design consultations with CEAL staff
  • Develop a discipline-specific CBL course
  • Present at the end-of-the-term EPI 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 developing CBL pedagogies. 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 LSA's Community-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. In addition to creating a CBL course, participants present their key learning in a public form: the EPI Symposium.

EPI 'alums' can apply to be a CEAL CBL Consultant. They are also eligible for the annual undergraduate CBL course competition. Selected course proposals are taught through the Residential College each Winter Term. Successful completion of the EPI satisfies Requirement B ("Learning about Teaching") for the CRLT Graduate Teaching Certificate.

Questions? Contact CEAL Director, Dr. Denise Galarza Sepúlveda via