About Us

What We Do

Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships provides a variety of services, delivered through workshops, conferences, scholarly resources, off-campus events, one-on-one consultations, and digital media.

For faculty, we can:

  • Provide you with resources for developing community engaged research and creative activities.
  • Assist you in developing community engaged teaching and learning, e.g., service-learning courses.
  • Help you find potential community partners and develop mutually beneficial partnerships.
  • Support your community engaged research and teaching through our grant programs and grant search and proposal development services.
  • Provide you with resources for developing your Tenure & Promotion portfolio that incorporates your community engaged scholarship activities.
  • Assist you in linking your program evaluation and assessment expertise with community organizations.

For the community, we can:

  • Connect you to USF resources, including faculty experts, service-learning students, and program evaluation and assessment.
  • Please contact us if you would like more information about our office and its services.

* The Carnegie Foundation defines community engagement as "collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good."