Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff at the University of Delaware collaborate with the community to produce scholarly teaching, research, and service products.

According to researchers Kelly Ward and Tami Moore of Washington State University, faculty and staff benefit in very specific ways. These include reclaiming the role of the educator, pursuing passion, and working on the margins of their disciplines.

Select a theme below to learn more.

Community engagement describes the collaboration between higher education institutions and the larger communities (local, regional/state, national and global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

This definition evolved from the initial work of Ernest Boyer. Boyer (1991) prompted the academy to recognize and reward various forms of scholarship, including the Scholarship of Teaching, the Scholarship of integration, the Scholarship of Application and the Scholarship of Discovery. Later, he expanded the Scholarship of Application to become the Scholarship of Engagement. Boyer, Ernest. (1996). The Scholarship of Engagement. Journal of Public Outreach. 1(1): 11-20.

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

In January 2015, the University of Delaware was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for excellence in community engagement efforts put forth by the students, faculty, and staff at the university. Since then, we have been working to raise the standard for community engagement at UD, and in the communities.

Read the Carnegie Task Force Recommendations as of May 2014. If you are interested in incorporating community engagement in your work at UD, the following list includes examples of scholarship of engagement:


  • Community-Based Research/Creative Activities
  • Applied research
  • Performances
  • Exhibits


  • Service Learning Examples
  • Study Abroad Participatory
  • Curriculum Development


  • Clinical services
  • Policy analysis
  • Expert testimony


The Community Engagement Initiative can assist in:

  • Developing new community-based research and service-learning courses
  • Reformulating an existing course to involve students in the community
  • Identifying prospective community partners
  • Custom-tailoring a faculty workshop that fits your needs

For more information on service-learning courses, contact Susan Serra, Assistant Director of  Service Learning at (302) 831-3188 or serra@udel.edu.

Grant for Community Engagement Projects

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning and the Office of Service Learning have funds available for individuals or teams of faculty to support the development of service-learning courses and community-based research projects.

Grants are available on a rolling basis to support costs associated with involving students in the community as part of a service-learning course and for the development of community-based research courses and/or projects. Download Community Engagement Proposal Form.

The Office of Service Learning offers direct funding for faculty:

  • Note a change in the focus of faculty mini grants.  The Community Engagement Initiative Small Grant program will now be targeted towards interdisciplinary projects around specific themes developed by Community Engagement Initiative Faculty Fellows.  The Spring 2018 theme is the Underground Railroad; you can find more information by following that link.

    Proposals will be accepted twice a year beginning in 2018-2019.

In addition, faculty interested in working with individual students on a service-learning, community-based research, or community-based creative activity may be interested in the following programs:

  • The Service Learning Scholars program is a summer immersion experience that takes place during 10 weeks in the summer. Students are funded through the OSL to solely participate in the program (they neither take classes nor hold jobs during this time). Projects must have a community partner and student participation must include applied aspects of your work. Applications are due March 1 and include a 2-3 proposal that has been vetted by the faculty sponsor, and a faculty letter of support. Student teams may apply. Early decision is available for those planning to start preliminary work in the spring (in that case applications are due January 1 and students receive notification by January 30).
  • Blue Hen Engagement Fellows supports part-time student collaborations with faculty and community partners during the academic year, winter, and summer sessions. Projects must have a community partner and student participation must include applied aspects of your work. Applications are submitted and awards announced on a rolling decision basis and include a 2-3 proposal that has been vetted by the faculty sponsor, and a faculty letter of support. During the academic year grants are available up to $500 (a minimum of 50 hours). During the summer, grants of up to $3000 (a minimum of 300 hours during the summer).