Faculty and Staff
The Center for Civic Engagement supports faculty and staff by providing resources, consultation, and networking opportunities to enhance Illinois State's core value of civic engagement.
Ways to Get Engaged
Types of Civic Engagement
Discover the ways Illinois State practices civic engagement and some examples from actual projects.
Civic Engagement Fellowship
Find the funding opportunities to those who are passionate about making a positive impact in their communities.
Internships with Community-Based Organizations
Interning with a nonprofit organization can significantly enhance a student's learning experience.
Discover a list of national organizations that you can support to make a positive social impact.
Join the Listserv
The Center is proud to host a civic engagement listserv for Illinois State University faculty and staff. The listserv can be used to share a variety of civic engagement opportunities.
Reporting Your Activity
Report basic information about your civically engaged teaching, scholarship, and service with Watermark Faculty Success (formerly Digital Measures) for each calendar year by the following January 5. See the reference guide for specific directions on how to add your civic engagement activities to Watermark Faculty Success.
Faculty who enter civic engagement activities that involve a community partner or public service within Watermark Faculty Success may also be contacted by the Center for Civic Engagement for more information about their activity to be included in Illinois State’s new Collaboratory database.
Collaboratory is being used to systematically collect a broader range of information on a variety of activities from all faculty/staff members (e.g., community engaged research, outreach programs, events, course-based experiences, co-curricular activities) that utilize community engagement principles, practices, and/or pedagogies. This public-facing platform can also be used to showcase faculty, unit, and college engagement and to identify potential cross-campus and cross-community collaborations, further enhancing Illinois State’s impact on student learning and community outcomes. More information about Collaboratory can be found in this Collaboratory Guide.
The Center for Civic Engagement Resouces
The Center for Civic Engagement offers a variety of academic literature in the fields of civic/political engagement and service learning introducing concepts and valuable lessons-learned. The selected toolkits give guidance to faculty and staff members eager in making a positive social impact in an academic setting and beyond.
Come visit the center and see the comprehensive range of resources we have at hand.
Campus Compact, of which Illinois State University is a member, offers a searchable database of syllabi from a wide variety of disciplines.
Civically Engaged Learning Goals
Illinois State established the Civically Engaged Learning Goals and the Civically Engaged Assessment Rubric to better understand what civic engagement looks like and to assess the extent to which students are civically engaged upon graduation. This framework of learning goals and assessment rubric identifies specific knowledge, skills, dispositions, and actions to describe how students develop their commitment to their community throughout their college experience and beyond.
The Civically Engaged Learning Goals come from multiple disciplines and scholars and can be used to assess all types of civic engagement within class instruction and program delivery. Use of the learning goals ensures faculty/staff are purposefully and overtly connecting what they are teaching (in a course or co-curricular activity) to the end goal of preparing students for a lifelong responsibility of civic engagement.
In order for students to become civically engaged, they first need to have a foundation of civic knowledge and skills and accompanying a disposition which involves ones values, motivation, and attitude. Effective civic engagement can occur when these foundational competencies are developed.