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The Office of Outreach and Engagement supports and helps facilitate the outstanding community outreach and engagement work already occurring across campus. If you're just getting started in outreach and engagement, we can make the process easy. We work with faculty in nearly every college and department on campus, assisting with community-engaged teaching and learning, community-based research, securing external funding for community-engaged projects, as well as acting as an overall resource on best practices for community engagement.

Community-engaged Teaching and Learning

Would you like to integrate community engagement into your courses? The Office of Outreach and Engagement has trained staff ready to assist you in this process to ensure it's organized, efficient, and successful for you and your students. Our office assists with or manages:

  • Syllabus modification and development to incorporate community partners into your class
  • Selecting community partners and assisting with community partner relationship development
  • Developing your community engagement project, including project ideation and scoping of the project to fit with course objectives
  • Administering and executing community engagement projects 
  • Assessing the impact and success of your community-engaged course

Please contact to learn more about community-engaged learning at Iowa.

    Faculty Partner

    Shelly Campo
    "I've been doing service learning for close to 30 years. The Office of Outreach and Engagement has allowed me to take it to an entirely different level, thanks to their staff who work regularly with these communities." 


    Shelly Campo, associate professor in the College of Public Health, Community and Behavioral Health, and associate dean for Administrative Affairs in the Graduate College

    Community-engaged research

    If you're among University of Iowa faculty serving the public through research and scholarship, you're part of a long history of scholars that include early notables such as Thomas MacBride. Today, this tradition of community-engaged scholarship continues, and the Office of Outreach and Engagement proudly partners with faculty on this work. Our office can assist you by:

    • Community partner identification and connections, getting you in touch with the right partners for potential research projects
    • Grant application assistance with “broader impacts” sections
    • Collaborating on grant applications through letters of support, staff assistance on community-based projects, and project development

    Funding Faculty Research

    The Office of Outreach and Engagement is pleased to financially support the tremendous amount of community-engaged work occurring by faculty across campus. Learn about three different sources of grant funding for community-engaged scholars.

      Other resources

      Course Development: Contact the University of Iowa Center for Teaching to learn about best practices for syllabi development and teaching. Download the Service Learning Toolkit developed by Michigan State University Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement.

      Workshops: Attend a Faculty Institute offered by the Office of Outreach and Engagement. Contact us for upcoming dates.