Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Civic Engagement

Resoures: For Faculty

Civic engagement in higher education encompasses experiential pedagogies such as community-based learning and community-based research.  The Office of Civic Engagement is intent upon ensuring that the community-engaged projects we recommend to faculty members will result in desired learning outcomes and that such projects elucidate ways in which one’s discipline can be applied to a real-world setting.  Our Office provides:

  • Information on and connections to social and public service agencies in Central Texas;
  • Discipline-specific models of community-based learning and research in higher education;
  • Resources and guidance to facilitate the implementation of community-based learning in academic courses.

Community-Engaged Learning Guide for Faculty- A introductory toolkit for faculty interested in incorporating community-engaged learning pedagogy into their courses. 


 Over 74% of the student population participates in civic engagement, including community-based learning, activism, internships and community service.

  • During the 2012-2013 academic year, 1042 students spent over 47,000 hours performing co-curricular outreach as volunteers and activists.
  • Southwestern University has earned national acclaim for its civic engagement activities from the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Resources on this page are intended for faculty who are interested in integrating community-engaged learning pedagogy into a course, Paideia faculty, or faculty search for experiential learning reflection materials.


Non-Profits and Social Service Agencies: Georgetown Identify Georgetown’s agencies and nonprofits that address key issues. Updated May 2013.

Non-Profits and Social Service Agencies: Greater Austin Area Identify agencies and nonprofits that address key issues in Central Texas. Updated May 2013.


How Do You Define Civic Engagement? An activity to do with a class, Paideia cohort or other group to learn more about civic engagement.

Reasons for Doing Community-Based Learning/Research Interested in starting a CBL/CBR project? Here are some great reasons why it’s a good idea.

Student & Community Partner Contract A sample contract to be used in a CBL/CBR project in conjunction with a community partner.

Resources for Reflection After completion of your project, make sure to use these resources for reflection.


Volunteer Match A great resource to search for your dream opportunity. Get in touch with organizations and personalize the searching process.

Hands on Central Texas Hands on Central Texas provides listings of opportunities, but these are particular to the Central Texas area.