Faculty Resources

Community engagement has long been central to the mission of institutions of higher education. Following is a curated list of resources that have helped shape community-engaged research, teaching, and learning that enacts Catholic social tradition at the University of Notre  Dame. More specifically, these resources focus on academic community engagement, the purview of the Center for Social Concerns, which integrates academic and experiential learning with social concerns to guide the researched reflection that advances high impact deep learning, transforming students and communities. The field is vast and ever-evolving, so we welcome your recommendations for additions.

History of Community-Engaged Learning at Notre Dame

The Center for Social Concerns (CSC) was established at Notre Dame in 1983. The center is one of the proud heirs of the commitment and contribution to social service and social justice by Notre Dame students, faculty, staff, alumni and alumnae, since the founding of the University by the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1842.

The Social

Community partners and Notre Dame faculty and staff interested in deepening academic community engagement are invited to exchange ideas about community-engaged courses or research while enjoying refreshments and good company.

Community-Engaged Teaching

Well-designed and implemented community-based courses animate the University’s aim of educating the heart and mind. The Center for Social Concerns offers resources and support for faculty interested in community-engaged teaching including information on preparing, managing, and assessing community-engaged courses.

Community-Engaged Course Design

The center recognizes community-engaged courses in every college in school in the following areas: community-based research, community-based learning, and experiential learning. Learn more on the course design page about proposing new courses, identifying existing courses with the CSC designation, and structuring community-engaged courses.

Risk Management

Community-based programs offer University of Notre Dame students an opportunity to expand their knowledge base, develop their skill level, and serve the community outside the boundaries of a conventional learning environment. These resources below were developed to address the signature risks of community-based programs.

Professional Opportunities

An increasing number of peer-reviewed journals and professional conferences in many disciplines now feature the practice and product of community-engaged scholarship. 

Resources and Scholarship

These resources focus on academic community engagement, the purview of the Center for Social Concerns, which integrates academic and experiential learning with social concerns to guide the researched reflection that advances high impact deep learning, transforming students and communities.

Community Engagement Coordinating Council 

The Community Engagement Coordinating Council (CECC) seeks to integrate and amplify University efforts that reflect its commitment to community engagement for the common good. 

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January 2022

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Circles at the Snite
Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
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Labor Café Goes Zoom!
Friday, January 28, 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Virtues and Vocations presents Mary Gentile: Giving Voice to Values
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February 2022

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Application Close | SSLP 2022
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
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Signs of the Times Series | Education
Friday, February 4, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Proposal Deadline | Community Impact Grants
Monday, February 14, 2022 - 4:30pm
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Junior Parents Weekend Open House
Friday, February 18, 2022 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

March 2022

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Catholic Social Tradition Minor Open House & Info Session
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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