Faculty Conference Grants

Faculty may apply for funding to attend a conference to present their work related to community-based learning courses or community-based research. Funds are also available to support community partner co-presenters.

In cases where the conference presents a clear and significant contribution to faculty learning, faculty may apply for funding to attend a conference where they are not presenting.

Applications will be weighed on the following criteria:

  1. Is the work to be presented clearly related to community-based learning, community-based research, and/or other community-engaged academic work? Does the conference clearly contribute to the faculty member's engaged teaching and/or scholarship?
  2. Does the applicant present a good way to use the presentation/what they learn to further the mission of the CCE on our campus or in the community?
  3. Has the applicant applied for other funds where possible?
  4. Does the applicant show a commitment to the work of community engagement?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. You need not wait until you are accepted to present at a conference to apply for funding.

To apply for conference funding, please submit your application via this form. 

Community Engagement Conferences

See below for a list of conferences with a focus on community-engaged academic work. This is not a definitive list, just a helpful starting point.

Note: Faculty may also apply for conference funding for disciplinary conferences which have a community engagement component that they plan to attend (for example, a mathematics conference with a session on community-based learning or community-engaged research).

American Association for Adult and Continuing Education
The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) is dedicated to the belief that lifelong learning contributes to human fulfillment and positive social change.

Association of American Colleges & Universities
The mission of the Association of American Colleges and Universities is to advance the vitality and public standing of liberal education by making quality and equity the foundations for excellence in undergraduate education in service to democracy.

Association for Continuing Higher Education
An organization of colleges, universities, and individuals, encouraging professional development, research and exchange of information for its members and continuing higher education as a means of enhancing and improving society.

Campus Compact
Campus Compact is a national coalition of 1,000+ colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. They build democracy through civic education and community development.

Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU)
The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities focuses on creating a space to understand the distinctiveness of the mission of urban and metropolitan universities.

Diversity Abroad
The Diversity Abroad Annual Conference is a national forum on issues of access, diversity, equity, and inclusion in global education.

Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC)
The goal of the ESC is to work collaboratively to build strong university-community partnerships anchored in the rigor of scholarship, and designed to help build community capacity.

Global Health and Innovation Conference
The Unite for Sight Global Health and Innovation Conference is the world's largest and leading global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference.

Gulf-South Summit
The mission of the Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education is to promote networking among practitioners, research, ethical practices, reciprocal campus-community partnerships, sustainable programs, and a culture of engagement and public awareness through service-learning and other forms of civic engagement.

Imagining America
The Imagining America National Gathering is an annual gathering of public scholars, artists, students, designers, and cultural organizers who are addressing the nation’s most critical issues.

IMPACT National Conference
The IMPACT Conference is historically the largest annual conference focused on the civic engagement of college students in community service, service-learning, community-based research, advocacy and other forms of social action.

International Association for Research on Service-Learning (IARSLCE)
The annual IARSLCE conference is a scholarly venue to disseminate new knowledge on service-learning and community engagement. The focus of presentations, symposia, and keynotes is on research incorporating a variety of theoretical methodologies and perspectives.

International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL)
HETL fulfills the vision of advancing the scholarship and practice of teaching and learning by focusing their mission on four core areas: 1) global networking and interdisciplinary collaboration, 2) research, innovation, and academic publishing, 3) higher education development and capacity building, and 4) human rights and social justice.

Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS)
The purpose of ARIS is to advance impacts of research for the betterment of society and the expansion of research. 

University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)
For 100 years, the UPCEA has served its members with innovative conferences and specialty seminars, research and benchmarking information, professional networking opportunities and timely publications.

William & Mary Active Citizens Conference
Students, faculty, and community leaders come together to learn about the best practices for impacting the community and mobilizing social change at the College of William & Mary.