Communities of Practice (CoPs) provide a unique opportunity for community engagement practitioners to join peers across the country to dig deeper into specific areas of engagement practice. Through discussions, joint activities, resource sharing, and relationship building, participants develop a repertoire of resources, skills, and knowledge to use in their practice. Above all, the CoPs provide a great space to communicate and share strategies with like-minded individuals from all across the country!

Seeking CoP co-facilitators for Fall 2022

We are currently seeking co-facilitators on a variety of topics for our Fall 2022 communities of practice. Applications are due August 22, 2022.

Communities of Practice Offerings

Communities of Practice are convened on a quarterly basis (fall, summer, and winter) around a variety of key topic areas relevant to higher education community engagement. Topical offerings vary from quarter-to-quarter, but past offerings have focused on the following themes:
  • Anti-Racism
  • Assessment & Evaluation
  • Community-Engaged Learning & Teaching
  • Community Engagement Fundamentals
  • Community Partnerships
  • Engaged Research
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Institutionalizing Engagement
  • Program Administration
  • Supporting Engaged Faculty Development
  • Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement for third-time applicants
  • Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement for community colleges
  • Tenure & Promotion

About Communities of Practice

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What is a Community of Practice?

A CoP is a learning community—or collegial network—that we define as “a group of people who share interest in an area of inquiry and engage in collective learning about that issue as it relates to their work or practice. Through discussions, joint activities, and relationship building, the community of practice develops a shared and individual repertoire of resources, skills, and knowledge to use in their practice.” (MN Campus Compact).

Communities of Practice provide community engagement professionals an opportunity to dig deeper into specific areas of engagement practice by sharing experiences and models, networking, and exchanging resources.

Communities of Practice also can support individuals wishing to earn credentials in community engagement by offering: (a) space to share, reflect on, and build knowledge around the key competencies that practitioners are expected to demonstrate to earn credentials and (b) a valued cohort that supports each other with reflection on professional practice and preparation of portfolios to submit as part of the credentialing application process.

Campus Compact-led CoPs are free of charge for participants. They are designed to be democratic and embrace the following equity-based principles: (a) that everyone has knowledge to share, (b) that everyone has learning to do, and (c) participants bring many identities and ways of knowing and that such diverse expressions should be encouraged and incorporated into CoP activities.

How often do Communities of Practice meet?

Communities of Practice are convened quarterly.

Typically, participants commit to attend six regularly-scheduled, 90-minute virtual group sessions. There is no fee to participate in a CoP, and preference is given to individuals affiliated with Campus Compact member institutions.

Who facilitates the Communities of Practice?

Each quarter, we publish an open call for experienced community engagement professionals to serve as co-facilitators of the Communities of Practice. Co-facilitators commit to hosting six, 90-minute virtual sessions over a limited time period (usually during a spring, fall, or winter quarter). Campus Compact offers design and technical support to co-facilitators as well as helps “pair” individuals to co-facilitate offerings together.

This is a great opportunity for those who are seeking national leadership opportunities in the field of civic and community engagement. However, Campus Compact does not provide financial support for those who serve as CoP co-facilitators.

If you have specific questions about co-facilitating a Campus Compact’s CoP, contact Clayton Hurd, Director of Professional Learning and Engaged Scholarship, at clayton.hurd@compact.org.

How can I get involved?

Calls for participants for the Communities of Practice are posted on this page on a quarterly basis (typically in September, January, May). To get the latest information about openings, be sure to subscribe to the Campus Compact mailing list.

Reflections from Co-Facilitators

It was enjoyable, informative, and gratifying. The level of interest, engagement, and knowledge of the participants was impressive.
- David Potash, President of Wilbur Wright College-City Colleges of Chicago
It was so inspiring to learn practical ways that faculty, staff, administrators, and others were committing to creating equitable learning environments.
- Nairuti Shastry, Researcher, Beloved Economies
It was heartening to see such quality work being shared so we aren’t all individually re-creating the wheel.
- Victoria Vogelgesang, Director of Academic Engagement, Kentucky Campus Compact
Being among self-selected colleagues allowed us to structure our discussions and create a generous community that shared resources, ideas, and support.
- Kathy Sikes, Senior Fellow-Civic Engagement, DukeEngage, Duke University