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.

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. Our UI Program Directory enables staff and faculty to share their community-engagement programs with community audiences. 

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)