Call for Applications: Community-Engaged Learning Seminar for Doctoral Students

Community-Engaged Learning Seminar for Doctoral Students

The Centre for Community Partnerships at the University of Toronto is offering a new Community-Engaged Learning Seminar for doctoral students in 2015-16. This seminar will bring together 15 doctoral students across the university to discuss community-engaged learning and other forms of community-university engagement. In addition to seminar meetings, a key component of the program will involve a collaborative project with fellow seminar participants and a community partner. Doctoral students preparing for faculty positions can enrich their teaching, research and professional service through community engagement. Doctoral students who plan to pursue non-academic positions can develop new skills and networks through community engagement.

The Centre for Community Partnerships provides meaningful opportunities for community engagement for students at the University of Toronto in order to both contribute to community initiatives and provide opportunities for student learning outside the classroom. Additional information about the Centre and its programs is available at

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Seminar details:

The Community-Engaged Learning Seminar will establish a community of practice among doctoral students at the University of Toronto who are interested in community engagement and will provide resources to make this engagement a rewarding and integral element of their future careers. In 6 seminars over the course of the academic year, a multidisciplinary cohort of students will discuss the literature of community-engaged learning and their experiences in the field, undertake reflective exercises, and benefit from professional development activities to enhance their knowledge and practice in the following areas:

  • Community-engaged learning (based in service-learning pedagogy and including experiential education theory)
  • Other forms of community-engagement (including asset-based community development and community-based research)
  • Reflection and assessment in community-engaged work
  • Diversity, ethics, power and privilege in community-engaged learning and scholarship
  • Strategies for incorporating community engagement into academic and non-academic career and personal development


Seminar participants are expected to:

  • attend all 6 seminars plus a final presentation event at the St. George campus on the following dates:
    • Sept 9, 5-7 p.m.
    • Oct 14, 5-7 p.m.
    • Nov 18, 5-7 p.m.
    • Jan 13, 5-7 p.m.
    • Feb 24, 5-7 p.m.
    • March 16, 5-7 p.m.
    • March 30, 4-7 p.m.
  • work in teams of three on a collaborative project with a community organization. (This project is intended to require 40 hours of work over the course of the academic year. Students will be able to rank which project they would like to contribute to in order of interest on the application form).
  • complete two written reflections (500 words each)


Once the seminar and project have been successfully completed, seminar participants will receive 4 Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) credits from the School of Graduate Studies and a certificate in Community-Engaged Learning.


University of Toronto doctoral students from all departments and programs are eligible to apply. (Students interested in community engagement who have not previously participated in any form of community placement (eg. practicum or internship) are especially encouraged to apply).


The deadline for the 2015-16 Community-Engaged Learning Seminar is July 22, 2015.

To apply, complete the application form at:

Successful applicants will be notified by early August, 2015.


Please contact Jennifer Esmail [], Coordinator of Academic Initiatives at the Centre for Community Partnerships with any questions.


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