The University of Iowa

innovative teaching, learning, and research 

Community-engaged teaching and learning is a high-impact educational practice that promotes higher levels of learning and success for students. 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.

Read the definitions for terms associated with community engagement and service-learning.

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)