Recently ranked nationally No. 1 in public service by The Washington Monthly, the Center for Community Engagement connects Indiana State University to the community. We coordinate and support opportunities for faculty and students to learn and serve with community partners throughout the Wabash Valley and beyond.
Our goals are to:
- Assist area nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and private industry and business to develop links with Indiana State University students and faculty;
- Create out-of-class learning experiences, including internships and service-learning, for ISU's students and faculty; and
- Encourage and coordinate student, faculty, and employee volunteerism and service to the Wabash Valley.
Community Engagement Funding
The Center for Community Engagement coordinates several internal grant programs for students, faculty, and staff that support ISU's experiential learning and community engagement initiatives. Grant applications are available now. To find out more details about each grant please see descriptions below. For questions or more information please contact Heather Miklozek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Faculty Conference Travel Grant - Funding for 2017-2018 available.
- Course Related Domestic Travel Grant - Spring 2018 funding closed.
- Neighborhood Partnership Grant- Ryves and Riverscape - Funding for 2017-2018 available.
- Michael Simmons Student Team Activity Endowment - Funding for 2017-2018 available.
- Student Organization Grant - Funding for 2017-2018 available.
- Dr. William G. and Susan Gans McCarthy Endowment -Funding for 2017-2018 available.
- Experiential Learning and Community Engagement Grant - Funding for 2017-2018 available.
Other Funding Sources
- Focus Indiana Employer Field Trip - Funding for 2017-2018 academic year will be available soon.
- Focus Indiana Foundational Studies Mini-Grant - Funding for 2017-2018 academic year will be available soon.
- Professional Certification Assistance - Funding for 2017-2018 academic year will be available soon.
- Summer Student Research Stipends - Funding for 2017-2018 academic year will be available soon.
- Travel Seminar - Funding for 2017-2018 academic year will be available soon.
- Alternative Breaks
- American Democracy Project
- Coffee with the Community
- Donaghy Day - Fall
- Donaghy Day - Spring
- Faculty Development Series
- Gary Service Trip
- Human Rights Day
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
- Special Olympics
- Stop and Serve
- Sycamore Community Work
- Sycamore Service Challenge
- Sycamore Service Saturdays
- Veterans Day
- Volunteer Fair
The Center for Community Engagement coordinates and supports opportunities for faculty and departments to engage in community-based work through their service, teaching, and research. If you are interested in developing a community-based project, please contact Heather Miklozek. The activities we support include:
Community-Based Scholarship - The Center for Community Engagement supports faculty who are interested in scholarly and creative work completed in collaboration with a community partner and with the intended outcome of improving the public good. This support includes a variety of grant opportunities, as well as assistance with identifying appropriate external collaborators.
- Scholarship in Public: Knowledge Creation and Tenure Policy in the Engaged University from Imagining America
- Community-Engaged Scholarship from Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
- ISU Scholarship of Engagement PPT
Community Service Leave - Most benefits eligible employees qualify for up to 15 hours of paid leave per fiscal year for volunteer activities during working hours. Chaperoning a child’s school trip, working a school or civic organization’s fundraiser, and volunteering at a non-profit organization, school, nursing home or hospital are just a few of the services for which leave can be granted. Click here for more information on the policy: Community Service Leave Policy
Click here to apply for the Community Service Leave: Community Service Leave Request Form
Community Service - The Center for Community Engagement helps external partners locate faculty with specific expertise to serve as consultants, board members, trainers, and fill other service roles. We also help students, faculty, and staff find volunteer opportunities.
Curricular Engagement Survey - Indiana State University’s Curricular Engagement Inventory (CEI) is an annual review of community engagement and experiential learning practices within academic courses. Click her for more information: Curricular Engagement Survey
Experiential Learning - The Center for Community Engagement assists faculty with the development of community-based courses and curriculum, including service learning and internships. In addition, we are available to help connect you and your students with community-partners in education, business and industry, government, and the nonprofit sector.
If you are interested in developing a community-based project, please contact the Center for Community Engagement at 812.237.2334 or email@example.com.
There are many diverse opportunities for students to volunteer in the local community. Whether your interests are in the arts, literacy, youth development, the environment, sports, human services or faith-based organizations, the Center for Community Engagement will assist you in finding the right volunteer opportunity. We regularly work with several community partners whose volunteer needs are profiled below.
The Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education (JCEHE) is an on-line, refereed journal concerned with exploring community engagement and community-based learning perspective, research, and practice.
The JCEHE publishes accounts of a range of research focusing on practical and theoretical insights and understanding, in higher education and across the disciplines and professions. There is a focus on case studies emphasizing community engagement and engaged learning practices, methodology, and pedagogy.
The JCEHE aims to establish and maintain a review of the literature of research and practice. It also provides a forum for dialogue on the methodological and epistemological issues, enabling different approaches to be subjected to critical reflection and analysis.
Call for Reviewers of Manuscripts
The Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education is currently seeking qualified individuals to serve as reviewers of manuscripts. Reviewers should be able to demonstrate background in and contributions to the fields of community based learning and higher education policy. Interested individuals should submit an email of interest and an abbreviated copy of their vita to:
Dr. Cat Paterson, The JCEHE
Center for Community Engagement
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809
Utilizing your education to make a positive impact on the community is an important part of university life. For more information about community service, please contact the Center for Community Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Civic Leadership Minor
With a minor in civic leadership, you can become an active and engaged citizen who devises and implements responses to complex contemporary issues through grassroots activism and leadership in political, nonprofit, and business sectors. The program will challenge you both intellectually and experientially, giving you theoretical understanding while building your capacity for leadership in the community.
View the Course Catalog for more information.