University of Iowa

innovative teaching, learning, and research 

You can easily bring community-engaged teaching and learning to your classroom. It's a high-impact educational practice that promotes higher levels of learning and success for students. The Office of Outreach and Engagement supports and assists those already doing this work as well as those looking to get started. Community-engaged research grounds scholarship in the everyday lives of Iowans, ensuring research findings are translated into beneficial outcomes for the community.

This hands-on work by students, faculty, and staff is not only meaningful to everyone involved, it positively impacts quality of life in our state.

Work with Us

Our office assists faculty interested in community-engaged teaching, learning, and research. We support students whose classes are involved in a community engagement project coordinated by our office. We offer funding through grants to faculty and students working on projects that respond to a community need. Our UI Program Directory enables staff and faculty to share their community-engagement programs with community audiences. 

The listings included in the UI Program Directory maintained by our office benefit communities beyond campus. To have your program considered for inclusion in the directory, please fill out the form below. Criteria we use to evaluate programs include:

  1. Program or activity involves an off-campus partner and works to meet a community need
  2. Actively maintained website or landing page where users can learn about the program 
  3. Responsive contact person with phone number and email listed

UI Program Directory Application


We display lectures, activities, and events on our website from the University of Iowa event calendar that fit our guidelines of community outreach and engagement. To have your item included in our listing, it must involve a community partner and respond to a community need. Tag the Office of Outreach and Engagement when you create your event on the University of Iowa events page and we will approve it if it meets our outreach and engagement guidelines.

Laura Michelson
"To be involved in a local community project as the Kalona Community Heritage Project graduate assistant this past year has been a phenomenal experience. I was able to pursue and expand my interest in cultural heritage, digital projects, and community engagement while working with professional mentors."

Laura Michelson,  (MA19) 2018 grant recipient