Long-term Community Partnerships
Long-term community partnerships allow faculty members and community organizations to develop relationships and build trust. As a result, courses can be designed that meet both the pedagogical goals of Amherst College faculty and a need articulated by a community partner. Examples of courses that involve long-term community partnerships can be found here.
Whether they are discreet, short-term assignments or structured to take place over the course of the semester, projects can link course content to community contexts and help students to develop discipline-specific skills. Examples of courses that involve community-engaged projects can be found here.
Public scholarship offers rich opportunities for students to reflect on how the ideas they have studied apply in new settings and contexts; provides direct opportunities to collaborate with and learn from community members; and allows them to share what they have learned with a broad range of non-academic audiences, using a variety of approaches.
Public scholarship projects utilize a range of forums for presenting student research to a popular audience, including (but not limited to) public lectures, opinion pieces, arts and media, research reports for community partners, apps and websites, and podcasts. Examples of courses that involve public scholarship can be found here.
Local subject matter experts or trainers from the community come to class to share their knowledge and experience in a subject, or to train students on a specific methodology or community-based research practice. Examples of courses that involve local experts or trainers can be found here.
Community-based learning trips allow students to experience course concepts in contexts outside of the classroom. They can take many forms, from local field trips to place-based or community-engaged research trips. Examples of courses that involve CBL trips can be found here.