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Faculty and Staff

  1. DIA Fund

As part of its mission to "convene a community of practice around engaged academic learning," CEAL promotes scholarly collaborations across disciplines, departments, and units. In addition, it supports initiatives dedicated to community-centered research and the recognition of diverse approaches to knowledge creation and dissemination. 

CEAL supports staff and faculty in the following ways: 

CEAL offers pedagogical support to the U-M community in the following areas:

  • Course Design Consultation
  • Community-Based Learning (CBL)
  • Consultants Program
  • CBL Pedagogical Training

CEAL offers Logistical support to the U-M community in the following areas:

  • Transportation Coordination
  • Driver Orientation
  • License and Background Checks
  • Policies and Agreements

CEAL offers capacity building support to the U-M community in the following areas:

  • Focus Group Facilitaion
  • Evaluation Reports
  • Grant Writing Support


What is Engaged Learning?

"Engaged Academic Learning" is a pedagogical strategy that emphasizes hands-on experiences in local, national or international communities and involves substantive reflection of that work. Ideally framed as a mutually-beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources among community members, faculty and students, Community-Based Learning (CBL) is a term that encompasses academic service-learning, civic education/engagement, experiential education and problem-based learning. As an approach that is both collaborative and project-based, Community-Based Learning combines academic instruction and community-derived expertise from a diverse and dedicated body of stakeholders. 

CBL is recognized as a High-Impact Educational Practice by the Association of American Colleges & Universities.