Course Planning and Curriculum Development

Amherst College provides a range of support for faculty members who are incorporating experiential and community based learning into their courses.  CCE staff can help faculty members access funding, transportation, and other resources to help develop new courses, sustain ongoing courses, connect with community organizations, and develop projects that link theory and practice. 

Outreach to Community Organizations

Staff members in the CCE establish and strengthen relationships with public, private, and nonprofit organizations as well as local community members.  The department works with many organizations to help ensure a range of opportunities that align with teaching and research goals of faculty members and departments.

Funding, Transportation and Logistics

 Staff members guide faculty as they navigate administrative systems and serve as partners as they plan and implement their courses.  The CCE works with numerous departments on campus, including the Teaching and Learning Collaborative, to provide seamless and responsive support.

Funding is available from both the Dean’s office and the CCE to support:

  • Honoraria for outside speakers
  • teaching and research assistants
  • field trips and travel
  • course materials
  • faculty stipends

Reflection Tools and Techniques

The CCE offers resources designed to help students link analysis and action through reflection activities such as facilitated discussions and collaborative assignments.

References and Publications on Community-Based Teaching and Research

The CCE offers a wide range of resources to help faculty with course design, community-based research, project-based learning, community engagement, experiential learning, internships and facilitation.  

Contact Information for Faculty Support

Faculty members interested in exploring experiential and community-based learning should contact Sarah Barr to set up a time to discuss courses and projects.