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Faculty Fellows in Community-Based Learning

The Community-Based Learning Faculty Fellowship, co-sponsored by Center for Public Service (CPS), Johnson Center for Creative Teaching and Learning (JCCTL) and the Provost’s Office, is a year-long program that provides resources and support for faculty to design a new course or modify an existing course to include a community-based learning component.  

The aim of the Faculty Fellows Program is to expand, deepen, and institutionalize community-based learning (CBL) at Gettysburg College. CBL is a pedagogical model that connects classroom-based work with meaningful community involvement and exchange.  Within the context of equitable partnership, community organizations and students mutually benefit from the CBL experience both by meeting course objectives and addressing community-identified goals.

For more information on CBL at Gettysburg College please reference the Faculty Toolkit for Community-Based Learning. Questions? Email

CBL Faculty Fellowship Eligibility

The Community Based Learning Committee is seeking applications from any member of the faculty interested in designing a new CBL course or revising an existing course to include CBL .  Applicants must commit to fully integrating CBL into the proposed course, participate in an Opening Institute in August, and attend regularly scheduled sessions throughout the academic year.

Benefits for Faculty Fellows

Professional development: Fellows participate in an Opening Institute and 10 sessions that will provide a dedicated process and structure to develop syllabi, assignments, and other tools needed to successfully implement a community-based learning course. 

Membership in professional learning community: Exchange ideas and intellectual support with 6-8 other Fellows and faculty mentors throughout the academic year.

Resources: Each Faculty Fellow receives a $750 stipend and can apply for additional funding through the Center for Public Service to be used for implementation of CBL component.

Key Content Areas of Learning

Pedagogy and Principles of CBL
Models of Engagement for CBL
Key Elements to a Successful Community Partnership
Essential Components of a CBL Syllabus
Preparing Students
Approaches to Reflection
Assessment of Learning
Scholarship of Engagement


May 1:  Fellow applications due
August: Two mornings in mid-August – CBL Opening Institute
September-December: Six bi-weekly sessions (session times will depend on Fellows' availability)
February: Course proposal due
March-May: Four weekly sessions