CCCE Updates

Winter Term ACE gathering – February 15, 4-6pm

Please join us for the winter gathering of faculty and staff involved in Academic Civic Engagement. These gatherings are intended to provide an opportunity for faculty who teach courses using an academic civic engagement approach to share experiences and learn from each other, and to build a deeper sense of community. Drop in anytime from 4-6 pm in the Alumni Guest House Library for beverages, snacks, and community. Please RSVP by February 13 if you can join us. 

2023-24 Fellow and 5th Year Positions at the CCCE – please tell your students!

2022-2023 CCCE student staff pose in front of the chapel

Each year, the CCCE hires approximately 25 students to be CCCE Fellows. Fellows work in different cohorts, including ACE. ACE Fellows promote ACE to other students, help facilitate reflection activities, build and test methods to assess student learning and the impact of ACE at Carleton, assist with ACE events, and document and tell the story of ACE. This is a campus job (10 hours/week). If you have students from past ACE courses that you think might be a good fit, please encourage them to apply! CCCE ACE staff and current ACE fellows would be happy to answer any questions about the position. Applications will open February 13.

The CCCE is also hiring a 5th Year Education Associate for the ’23-’24 academic year. This is a staff position for a 2023 Carleton graduate that supports the CCCE’s community-based work study (CBWS) program, assists with alternative spring breaks, and works on other projects based on the associate’s skills and interests. The position will be open until filled, but applications received by March 7 will receive priority consideration. To apply, interested students should email a cover letter and resume to Danielle Trajano at Students can also reach out to the current 5th Year Education Associate, Maddie Fry, to learn more about their work. 

New Resources for ACE faculty

The newly revamped For Faculty section of the CCCE website includes resources on ACE course design, implementation and assessment, as well as general civic campus and ACE scholarship resources. Please let Emily (@eseru) or Kelsey (@kbarale) know if you have feedback or suggestions.

You can now find language to include in your ACE course syllabi on the Carleton Academic Support Center’s Syllabus/Moodle Statements for Faculty and Advisers page

The CCCE has developed a draft project management guide to help students in ACE courses successfully plan and implement collaborative projects. You are welcome to adjust it or take pieces from it to make it useful for your specific ACE course. Please send feedback and suggestions to Kelsey.


Student working on ACE projects off campus should complete the liability waiver. Students should also complete the Working with Minors training (under “Training” on the logistics page) if they will be working with minors during your ACE course.

ACE courses bring Carleton Humanities and Arts Trailer to campus

The brand new Carleton Humanities and Arts Trailer (CHAT) visited campus as part of 2 fall term Academic Civic Engagement Courses: Politics of Reproductive Justice (GWSS 250) and Archaeology Methods (ARCN 246). For GWSS 250, a group from the ACE class collaborated with Carleton Students for Reproductive Freedom (a student group) to record students’ experiences related to reproductive justice. They used the CHAT to interview 29 students over 10 days, and created a temporary exhibit of reproductive justice information both inside and outside the trailer. Participating students’ stories are shared on this website.

the CHAT on a snowy day

The CHAT also came to campus for ARCN 246’s Community Archaeology Day in November. It was a very cold day, but one community member recorded a 45 minute interview on his experiences excavating bison skeletons on a local property. We hope that future spring term versions of ARCN 246 will try using the CHAT to involve community members when it is warmer out!

The CHAT is unheated, so it is currently in storage with our partners at the Rice County Historical Society for the winter. We look forward to seeing what creative uses Carleton faculty and ACE courses come up with for the CHAT spring term. 

Featured Academic Civic Engagement Collaboration: the Mellon Periclean Faculty Leadership Program

Carleton Faculty reflect on their Mellon Periclean Faculty Leaders Award for Community-Engaged Course Development

by Sophie Baggett ’23, ACE Fellow

Carleton is a member of the Mellon Periclean Faculty Leadership (PFL) Program. This program provides a $4500 award for one humanities and one STEM faculty member per year, nominated by the CCCE. Applications are currently open for the humanities side of the program, and applications for STEM faculty will open later in February. The humanities-focused funding can be used for developing, teaching, and evaluating “a humanities course that includes a community-initiated project”, and connects participating faculty to a national network of Periclean Faculty Leaders. Upcoming Project Pericles courses must also include a voter education component “through deliberative dialogue discussions about a relevant civic issue.” 

These awards are unique among curriculum development funds at Carleton. Faculty can use the funds to compensate community co-educators in the planning and design of an ACE course, as speakers in the classroom, and to support community-based events and gatherings showcasing the work students create and contribute to through the ACE course with a community partner. Project Pericles funding is intended to help faculty thoughtfully design ACE courses that they will continue to teach every year, deepening longer term community partnerships and allowing faculty to learn, reflect, and refine the course each year; sharing what they learn with other faculty members on campus who are curious about community-engaged teaching and learning. 

Previous Carleton faculty and the ACE classes they developed and taught through this award include: Seth Peabody (Seeking Shelter in a Dangerous World, Fall 2022); Lin Winton (Data Visualization and Activism, Fall 2021); Palmar Álvarez-Blanco (Radio and News, Fall 2020); Andrea Mazzariello (Collaborative Composition in Community Partnership, Spring 2021); and Laska Jimsen (Nonfiction, Fall 2021).

Álvarez-Blanco asked students in her Radio and News course “to come out of their comfort zone” by getting to know members of the Northfield Latinx community through radio conversation. The course worked with Vecinxs Unidxs and their radio program El Superbarrio Latino, supporting their work to “raise awareness of the diversity of the population in Northfield and in Carleton” and creating “a place for shared wisdom and collective insights,” according to Álvarez-Blanco. 

In Peabody’s Seeking Shelter in a Dangerous World course, students volunteered with many community groups in Northfield and created a resource guide for the Greater Northfield Sustainability Collaborative. Peabody adds that although working with off-campus community partners added complication to the course, “the ACE project yielded benefits for both students and community partners” and laid “ the groundwork for future engagement.” His advice for future Project Pericles fellows? “Keep it simple whenever possible. Look for ways that the ACE project can coincide with the academic content of the course.”

In Mazzariello’s Collaborative Composition in Community Partnership course, Carleton students co-created music with youth at The Key, a youth-led youth services organization in downtown Northfield. The Project Pericles fellowship helped him develop the class, put the work into a “helpful context” through reflective writing, and allowed students to “see a larger world, at times, than what week in the term it was.” He has continued teaching this course every year, and commented “I would hope that youth feel more valued, enabled, and have had more fun as a result of this work.”

Jimsen’s Nonfiction course is taught every fall, and includes an ACE community video project– her Project Pericles award supported revisions to the course. In this “ongoing learning process” Jimsen found Project Pericles’s component of connecting faculty at different institutions for peer review to be a “surprising highlight.” She recommends future Project Pericles fellows prioritize that “peer collaboration.”

The application deadline for Fall 2023 classes is March 2nd, 2023, and for Spring 2024 classes, April 6th, 2023. The CCCE will nominate one applicant on behalf of Carleton. For a more detailed description of the award, see the Project Pericles Request for Proposals. For more information or to start the application process, please reach out to Emily Seru ( or Kelsey Barale ( .

ACE Resources and Funding Opportunities


Request funding through the CCCE to support your ACE course (honoraria, events, or transportation) or for an ACE TA. Rolling deadline (priority deadline for spring term TAs: March 1, 2023). We have started offering an informal TA training for ACE TAs.

The Mellon Periclean Faculty Leadership (PFL) Program in the Humanities is accepting applications for Fall and Spring 2023. Carleton can nominate one faculty member per round of funding. For more information, see the featured ACE collaboration article above. The STEM version of the program will open later in February. Contact Emily Seru to learn about how to apply.

Broom Public Scholarship Grants. Rolling Deadline. 

Puzak Endowed Fund for Experiential Learning and Community Engagement. Rolling deadline.

Incubator Grants to foster pedagogical and curricular exploration and innovation. Rolling deadline.

Non-monetary resources:

The ACE fellows write discussion and reflection questions for many Convocations. Faculty members are invited to use these questions in class or direct students to them. 

Shaping Our Shared Future Together is a powerful resource for community-institutional partnership development.

Events and Opportunities

sunburst promoting the day of public scholarship 6.8.23

The Day of Public Scholarship will be held at Carleton on Thursday, June 8, 2023. Join fellow Carleton faculty and two visiting engaged scholars for this interactive day-long workshop of collective reflection and shared learning. Learn more and register.

The Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting will be in Minneapolis from March 23-26, 2023. The theme for this upcoming meeting is Beyond the Academe: Community-Partnered Research and Teaching. The annual meeting is open to folks from all disciplines and professions. Registration is open now.

Join the Spring Cohort of IAMNCC’s Engaged Faculty Institute Online. Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact is offering a two-week, online, cohort-based learning experience for faculty, instructors, and staff interested in designing and facilitating community-engaged courses. This opportunity is free for Individuals from Campus Compact member institutions. Spring Cohort of EFI Online: May 15-26. Register now. Registration closes Friday, April 28.

 2023 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) conference will be held May 31-June 2, 2023 in Boston, MA. CLDE is a collaboration of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), American Democracy Project (ADP), and  the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

Webinar: Re-Envisioning Publicly Engaged Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure. Many institutions know promotion and tenure policies need to be revised and evaluative metrics need to be created to better recognize, reward, and retain publicly engaged faculty…Focused on the big-picture of navigating institutional change, this panel will share insights from three scholars who have helped their institutions revise both formal and informal promotion and tenure processes, and will offer insights for collective movement. February 13, 10:30am Central, on Zoom. Register here.

Join the Symposium on Anti-Racist Community Engagement on Friday, March 31, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CT.

Calls for Publications

Call for chapters for “Community-based Transformational Learning in Early Childhood Settings: Integrating Experiences of Teachers, Students, and the Community” . We are looking for faculty, researchers, and community experts to outline and highlight major learning theories or research that support both CBTL and early childhood education, and how these theories or related research may intersect to help define CBTL specifically for early childhood. Deadline for proposals is February 28, 2023.

The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning has an open call for “lively and original articles on research, theory, pedagogy, and other issues pertinent to (a) civic engagement, (b) campus-community partnerships, (c) curriculum-based and co-curricular service-learning, and (d) engaged/public scholarship in higher education”. Rolling deadline