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Engaged Pedagogy Initiative

The Engaged Pedagogy Initiative is an intensive, semester long community-based learning (CBL) workshop for graduate students that allows them to explore the theoretical foundations and ethical implications of Community-Based Learning (CBL). Launched in 2014, EPI is a partnership between the LSA office of Community-Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL) and the Rackham Program in Public Scholarship that meets our respective missions by promoting excellence in undergraduate teaching and graduate student professional development.

Participants (EPI Fellows) are selected through a competitive application process. The deadlines are annually in December (for Winter Term participation) and May (for Fall Term participation).

EPI Fellows are required to:

  • Work within a cross-campus, interdisciplinary cohort
  • Participate in hands-on workshops throughout the semester
  • Meet with existing U-M community partners to discuss the ethics of CBL
  • Receive course design feedback from CEAL’s Student Advisory Group on Engagement (SAGE) and learn from student perspectives teaching strategies
  • Benefit from individual course design consultations with staff
  • Develop a discipline-specific CBL course
  • Present at the end-of-the-term EPI Symposium

Upon successful completion of all EPI requirements participants:

  • Receive a $500 stipend (supported by funds from the LSA office of Community-Engaged Academic Learning).
  • Can use EPI to satisfy Requirement B (“Learning about Teaching”) for the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) Graduate Teaching Certificate.
  • Can apply to be a CEAL CBL Consultant.
  • Are also eligible to compete to teach their CBL course in U-M’s Residential College each Winter Term.

For a list of past fellows and more program details, visit CEAL’s website.

Winter 2019 Program

Participants must attend mandatory workshop sessions from 10:00 a.m. to noon on the following Fridays:

  • September 6
  • September 13
  • September 27
  • October 11
  • October 25
  • November 8
  • November 22
  • December 6
  • December 12, Final Symposium

Fall 2020 Application

The next Engaged Pedagogy Initiative will be offered in Fall 2020. The application will be available in March 2020. The application deadline will be April 3.

Contact the Program in Public Scholarship

1530 Rackham Building
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070


The Program in Public Scholarship is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The office is closed Saturdays and Sundays and on the following holidays: Thanksgiving (Thursday and the following Friday), Christmas through New Year's, Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4), and Labor Day.