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University Resources

The university offers a wide range of resources, from department to provost level, to help faculty and students develop public engagement projects. The links below include a variety of support for funding, instruction, and technology, as well as opportunities for collaboration on larger projects.  

Department of History

U-M HistoryLabs Development Fund: The Department of History invites faculty to apply for a seed grant from the U-M HistoryLabs Development Fund to partner with one or more graduate students in the planning and implementation of a new U-M HistoryLabs course. U-M HistoryLabs are a curricular initiative featuring team-based experiential learning seminars and dissemination of collaborative research through public-facing and/or digital platforms. HistoryLabs are open to projects in all geographic, thematic, and temporal fields. Contact hist.engagement@umich.edu for more information.

U-M Library

The library offers a broad range of support for digital and public engagement programs and instruction. 

The Shapiro Design Lab is an ever-evolving experimental space in the Library focused on creating engaged learning opportunities and experiences across research, artistic, and teaching projects:

Digital Scholarship Support encompasses a distributed community of people across the library with a range of expertise across different methods and interests, as well as partnerships with various offices and departments across campus:

The James and Anne Duderstadt Center, formerly known as the Media Union, opened in 1996 on North Campus as a special place to provide faculty and students with the tools and collaborative space for creating the future. The Duderstadt Center houses the Digital Media Commons, which provides faculty, staff, and students access to a state-of-the-art multimedia facility with visualization and virtual reality technologies (including audio, video, fabrication, and other types of studios).

The Clark Library combines the library's map collection, government information center, and spatial and numeric data services. Students and scholars from every discipline can find the materials, tools, and expertise to meet their research needs. The Clark Library hosts digital mapping, GIS, and data visualization classes and workshops, and staff are available for consultation

LSA Instructional Support Services (ISS)

Instructional Support Services enhances teaching and learning experiences in LSA. Its professional staff strives to provide exceptional and professional support for the integration of new technologies, methods, and content into courses across the college. In addition to consultation, they offer a variety of funding and grants:

  • Faculty Project Grants: Level I grants of up to $5,000 are available to individual faculty members to support the costs of initiating an effort to use instructional technologies in teaching undergraduate courses. Level II grants of up to $15,000 are available to faculty to carry out more substantial and especially innovative undergraduate curricular developments that take advantage of new instructional technologies.
  • New Initiatives/New Infrastructure Grants: Funding is available to LSA faculty and lecturers to foster student success through inclusive teaching practices and innovative teaching methods. Proposals should seek to directly and substantially benefit LSA undergraduates, enhance the student learning experience, and focus on inclusive teaching and learning through the creative use of digital resources, active/experiential learning methods, or instructional technologies.
  • Teaching Transformed Grants: Grants of up to $12,500 are available to "true beginner" faculty members who have not had much direct experience using technology in their teaching. Up to $5000 is available as a possible faculty stipend ($2500/year for two years) for those faculty who qualify.

Community Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL)

 

The mission of Community-Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL) is to promote pedagogical innovation through community-based learning initiatives that help students become adaptive, creative, and impactful in their engagement with the world. CEAL offers a variety of support: pedagogical, logistical, and capacity-building.

 

Edward Ginsberg Center

The Edward Ginsberg Center cultivates and stewards equitable partnerships between communities and the University of Michigan in order to advance the public good.

It offers a variety of resources to support faculty and academic program staff efforts to connect socially just community engagement experiences to coursework, research, and programs:

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT)

The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) was the first teaching center in the country. Part of the Provost's Office, CRLT works with faculty, graduate student instructors (GSIs), and academic administrators in all nineteen schools and colleges to support and enhance learning and teaching at U-M. CRLT offers a comprehensive array of curricular and instructional development activities. CRLT's professional staff, with PhDs in a variety of academic disciplines, provide both cross-disciplinary campus-wide programs and discipline-specific programs customized to the individual needs of departments, schools, and colleges. 

CRLT offers a wide range of programs and services, resources and publications, and grants and awards

Engaged Learning at Michigan

Engaged Michigan is a university-level initiative, housed in the Office of the Provost, dedicated to promoting two intertwined threads at the University of Michigan:

  • Interdisciplinary work that crosses our academic disciplines and brings together multiple modes of thought and approaches to knowing
  • Engagement of our faculty, staff, and students with authentic stakeholders in our work, to both inform and guide the work with these stakeholders own knowledge and understanding, and to realize their own opportunities through the conduct of the work

Engaged Michigan coordinates campus councils focusing on topics like Global Engagement and Civic Engagement. These are platforms for collaboration and coordination centered around important topics related to engaged and interdisciplinary learning and scholarship.

Engaged Michigan also curates a list of funding opportunities for related projects.

Office of Academic Innovation (AI)

The Office of Academic Innovation (AI) is charged with creating a culture of innovation in learning. As a catalyst for academic innovation we aim to shape the future of learning and redefine public residential education at a twenty-first century research university by unlocking new opportunities and enabling personalized, engaged, and lifelong learning for the U-M community and learners around the world. The AI portfolio is best known for its "teach-out" initiative and for coordinating the university's MOOCs (massive open online courses). 

AI supports a variety of public engagement initiatives through funding, in-kind support, and technological expertise: