For Faculty & Staff

Office of Student Life - Civic Engagement

Community Based Learning (CBL) Courses

Visit the Community Based Learning Courses page to learn more

Additional Resources

Tools for Community-Based Learning

  • Resources for developing or improving community-based learning courses

Contacts for Internships, Co-ops, and Projects

  • List of academic departments, faculty internship coordinators and Career Center advisors who work with students and employers in those areas

Research and Scholarship Resources

  • Resources for community-based research, scholarship, and publications

Partnership Development Resources

  • Resources for developing and sustaining effective and positive partnerships with community stakeholders

Funding Opportunities

  • A running list of internal and external sources of funding to support community engagement work


  • Click to view publications pertaining to Community Engagement from GVSU Faculty/Staff as well as a list of Community Engagement related journals 

How Faculty, Staff, & Programs Are Engaging in the Community

College of Education and Community Innovation

  • The College of Education and Community Innovation celebrates exemplar community engagement through teaching, research, and service. 
  • The College Advisory Committee has established an "Emerging Community Engagement Initiative Award" which recognizes community-based learning, scholarship and service. 
  • Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • The College of Education and Community Innovation page highlights some of the College of Education and Community Innovation's many community partnerships.
  • Groundswell is a coalition of community partners creating opportunities for hands-on environmental learning in West Michigan.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Community engagement in CLAS
  • The Climate Change Education Solutions Network was established to support climate education in K-12. Its offspring for school teachers, funded by GVSU and Michigan Space grant is known as the Michigan Resources on Climate and Land Change Education (MiRCLE).
  • Three professors work with those studying for citizenship.
  • Mathematics Professor Feryal Alyont and her students serve as community tax preparers.
  • Water scientist Rick Rediske helped a community be heard about groundwater contamination in Kent County.
  • The Natural Resource Management Program has an articulation agreement with the Ottawa County Careerline Tech Center. Students who complete the program in Outdoor Studies and Natural Resources can earn credit for NRM 150: Introduction to Natural Resources Management when they enroll at Grand Valley. 

Seidman College of Business

Pew Faculty and Teaching Learning Center

Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence

Kirkhof College of Nursing

  • In response to questions and concerns from nursing students preparing to enter the nursing workforce as well as from recent graduates already on the front lines of the pandemic, KCON invited three individuals with unique perspectives to contribute to a podcast series

Vice Provost for Health

  • The Office of the Vice Provost for Health strives to offer the most cutting-edge programs and advanced learning opportunities.
  • The Health Check: Analyzing Trends in West Michigan report focuses on health-related trends, costs, and employment projections in the West Michigan area and is released each January at the West Michigan Health Care Economic Forecast event held at Grand Valley's Eberhard Center.
  • The Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research Center (MIPERC) identifies ways that the members can develop collaborative, innovative, and interprofessional initiatives across disciplines, learning institutions, and health care systems.
  • The Health Forum engages health care practitioners, health care and business administrators, educators, students, and community members in critical health-related conversations that are pertinent to our communities.
  • The DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy has selected excellent—and sometimes controversial—subjects for discussion at this biannual event, with each topic being presented in a format that has encouraged interaction between the speakers and the audience in a very lively educational forum.
  • The Battle Creek Regional Outreach Center supports career exploration and provides individualized educational planning assistance to facilitate educational goal attainment. The Center also supports the educational goals of K-12 students, transfer students, and adults in the community, while providing resources to assist Battle Creek Public Schools in their district transformation.

Alumni Relations

  • The Alumni Owned Business directory is intended to highlight the extraordinary accomplishments of our Alumni Owned Businesses, and provide our alumni and other members of the GVSU community with the opportunity to consider doing business with a fellow Laker for a Lifetime.

Page last modified November 1, 2023