For Faculty

Professor Chambers' POLS-408: Racial & Ethnic Politics, Spring 2012
Getting Started –
Ask yourself, "Is there an application of my course material that can show my students its import and potential to address societal problems? Are there collaborations with the community that can inform deeper analyses for students in my course?"
The CLI can help conceptualize and implement course-based community collaboration, working with you before (in planning), during (the logistics), and after (the essential reflective integration of field and classroom experience). A CLI teaching assistant can help oversee your project as well.
Read more about the guidelines for setting up a CLI course: Criteria for CLI Courses_Guidelines.doc (also available: pdf version)
Faculty Events & Brainstorming –
The Community Learning Initiative holds brainstorming events periodically throughout the academic year. If you are thinking of incorporating a community learning component into an upcoming course, fine tuning an existing community learning component, or are interested in hearing about what other faculty are doing in this area, please join us for lively conversation and a light lunch at one of these events. Watch Trinity Today and your email for announcements. We look forward to seeing you!
Course Development Grants –
Several community learning (CLI) course development grants of $1,000 are typically available by application each year. The Community Learning Initiative Advisory Group welcomes proposals from all faculty on tenure-track or renewable appointments, including new hires to begin in the 2013-2014 academic year. We consider proposals to incorporate a CLI component by revising an existing course or for the creation of a new course. The grant may be used to support work in syllabus revision, project site identification, and/or collaboration among faculty, community partners and the community learning initiative staff. We encourage newer Trinity faculty especially to apply. Here are the application guidelines:

Send a proposal that includes:
  • Your contact information 
  •  Title of course, one-paragraph catalog description, and semester to be offered (2013-14)
  •  Type of students who you will teach (e.g., majors, non-majors; intro or upper-level) and projected course enrollment.
  • A 1-2 page description of the community-learning component to be added or revised.
Please address these questions:
  • What is the nature of the CLI activities that students will engage in?
  • Who might be your community partner(s) or types of partner(s)?
  • How would the CLI component connect with major themes in your course?
  • How could adding/revising this CLI component enhance student learning?
If you have previously taught this course, please attach a copy of the current syllabus. If you are developing a new course, you do not need to provide us with a complete syllabus. Rather, please provide enough descriptive detail of the course to allow us to understand the purpose of the CLI activities in terms of the content and structure of the course. For questions or help developing your proposal, contact Carol Clark at x2481, or Anne Lundberg at x4242, .

DEADLINE: Please return to this page for the 2014 deadline.
Grant recipients will be expected to attend a CLI brainstorming event in either the Fall semester of 2013 or the Spring semester of 2014 to discuss their courses. Successful applications will be publicly announced and posted on the CLI website.
2012 CLI Course Development Grant Recipients –
Stephanie Chambers, Department of Political Science: "Contemporary Issues in Urban Reform"
Emilie Dressaire, Department of Engineering: "Trinity College without Borders"
Seth Markle, Department of History and International Studies Program: "The 5 Elements: Hip Hop Aesthetic Practices and Active Learning"
Garth Myers, Urban Studies, International Studies Program: "Sustainable Urban Development"​
Resources for Community Learning –
Community Learning Publications:
Course Integration:
 Institutional CLI Sites: