Faculty Resources

The Center for Community-Engagement serves to support faculty who are interested in learning about and/or doing community-engaged teaching. We know from experience that community-engaged teaching is time-intensive, but the rewards are well worth it. To assist faculty in reducing the time & energy that is necessary, we can help with finding & developing relevant community-partners, negotiating realistic expectations, helping with logistics such as transportation and waivers, collaborating with other faculty members, and designing projects and assessments.

Students take water samples from Hilo Bay for observationStudents take water samples from Hilo Bay for observation

Faculty Professional Development

Chancellor's Engaged Scholars

The Center for Community Engagement facilitates a community of practice (CoP) each year for faculty who are interested in learning more about community-engaged teaching and learning.

Past Engaged Scholars

Professional Development Workshops

The CCE has been awarded a generous Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) award that includes the hosting of faculty professional development workshops in three areas:

  • Inclusive pedagogy
  • Mentorship
  • Community-engaged teaching

More information will be forthcoming as these are scheduled.


In 2020, the CCE implemented a new software called Collaboratory that was created by the University of North Carolina Greensboro specifically to capture the various forms of community engagement and public service that often takes place in higher education. Training of the site is ongoing, but this will allow our community, faculty, staff and students to see the amazing collaborations and activities that are happening!

Visit our Collaboratory Resource page or contact us for more information and training to contribute your community-engaged projects.

Literature in the Field

Carnegie Community-Engagement Classification

The Carnegie Foundation's Classification for Community-Engagement is an elective classification, meaning that it is based on voluntary participation by institutions. The elective classification involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity and commitments, and requires substantial effort invested by participating institutions. It is an institutional classification; it is not for systems of multiple campuses or for part of an individual campus.

Campus Compact

Campus Compact is a national coalition of 1,000+ colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. We build democracy through civic education and community development. UH Hilo is an active member of Campus Compact.

Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)

The AAC&U is a voice and a force for liberal education in the 21st Century. In this turbulent and dynamic century, our nation’s diverse democracy and interdependent global community require a more informed, engaged, and socially responsible citizenry. Both educators and employers agree that personal and social responsibility should be core elements of a 21st century college education if our world is to thrive. Currently such learning is optional for some college students rather than expected of all. A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future (2012) describes what a civic-minded institution looks like, how campuses can advance this vision across domains, and what pathways have already been forged by pioneering campuses. Civic Prompts (2015) shows how every discipline can do its part.

Journal of Higher Education Outreach & Engagement

The Journal of Higher Education Outreach & Engagement is a well-respected journal on engagement published by the University of Georgia.

Sample Syllabi, Projects & Assessments

Campus Compact has a large library of sample syllabi for university-level courses that incorporate community-engaged learning. You'll see on the left-hand side that you can search using five different filters.

Please share your syllabi and projects with us to help your peers.

Contact Us

(808) 932-7830


(808) 932-7831

Portable Building 5


Email us

Or visit us on the UH Hilo Campus in PB-5.