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Engaged Pedagogy Initiative

The Engaged Pedagogy Initiative (EPI) is an intensive, semester long community-engaged learning workshop for graduate students that allows them to explore the theoretical foundations and ethical implications of Community-Engaged Learning. Participants are called EPI Fellows.

EPI is a partnership between the Rackham Program in Public Scholarship and the Edward Ginsberg Center that meets our respective missions by promoting excellence in undergraduate teaching and graduate student professional development. The program is generously supported by the U-M’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA). EPI counts towards LSA’s training requirements for graduate students serving as instructors of record.

The syllabi students develop center on community engaged teaching, with instructors and undergraduates often partnering with local organizations and K-12 educators to develop project-based learning models.

From Power and Powerlessness in Classical Greece: Modern Approaches to Inequality in the Ancient World to Energy Justice and Activism: Community Engagement in the Age of Climate Change, community engaged courses designed by students in the program vary in discipline, time period, and geographic region. Course projects have included creating teaching modules for K-12 teachers, and partnerships with local organizations, like Detroit’s Oakland Avenue Urban Farm to study and contribute to the participatory processes of land stewardship in the context of a community garden, and 826michigan to work with elementary school students to develop their creative writing.

How to Become an EPI Fellow

Participants are selected through a competitive application process. Apply online by May 6, 2022 for fall 2022.

EPI Activities

EPI Fellows will be able 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 community-engaged learning
  • Receive course design feedback from current students and learn from student perspectives on teaching strategies
  • Benefit from individual course design consultations with staff
  • Develop a discipline-specific community-engaged course

Upon Completion

Upon successful completion of all EPI program requirements, EPI Fellows will be able to:

  • Receive a $500 stipend (supported by funds from LSA).
  • Use EPI to satisfy Requirement B (“Learning About Teaching”) for the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) Graduate Teaching Certificate.
  • Be eligible to compete to teach their community-engaged course in U-M’s Residential College each Winter Term.
  • Apply to become a Graduate Academic Liaison with the Ginsberg Center

Fall 2022 Program

EPI is being planned as an in-person program for Fall 2022. Students must be able to attend sessions on campus to participate. EPI Fellows must attend mandatory Friday workshop sessions from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m

  • September 2
  • September 9
  • September 23
  • October 7
  • October 21
  • November 4
  • November 18
  • December 2
  • December 9

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.