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Students, faculty and staff can find a variety of resources here related to public service and engaged scholarship—from digital toolkits and academic journals to professional workshops and online modules. Please let us know of any additional resources that might be relevant to include.

Engaged Scholarship


Journals & Peer Review

Teach a Service-Learning Course

Service-Learning Series

The Service-Learning Series is a comprehensive online faculty resource for service-learning pedagogy was developed by APPLES faculty and instructors, offering valuable information for both new and experienced service-learning faculty. This series is intended to offer foundational information about various key components of service-learning, its practice and implementation.

  • The Introduction to Service-Learning offers a primer on service-learning as a pedagogy, expectations of faculty and components of APPLES Service-learning courses.
  • The Course Planning and Design guide provides details on the timeline for developing a course, criteria for service-learning syllabi and information on developing course goals, objectives and assessment.
  • The Community Partnerships guide offers approaches to building and sustaining community partnerships in service-learning.
  • The Reflection Resources guide offers variety of approaches, guidelines and activities that can further engage students in learning and reflection.
  • The Toolkit-for-Preparing-Students-for-Service-Learning offers articles, activities and lesson plans to engage and prepare students for a meaningful service-learning experience.

Teaching Toolkits and Guides

National Organizations


Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research »

The University if North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a strong history of community-engaged participatory research, particularly in public health. The Department of Anthropology is hosts the Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research and plays a role in building on this tradition.

The certificate offers:

  • Training in the theoretical bases, rationale, methodologies, challenges and motivation for carrying out research in equitable partnership with instead of on communities.
  • Exposure to participatory methods, ethical considerations and research paradigms.
  • Faculty mentorship and guidance to help develop projects.
  • Connection to fellow graduate students, faculty and community experts.
  • Forums for discussing, sharing, and refining participatory ethics and methodologies.
  • Opportunities for students in all fields to gain experience by linking them to ongoing projects.

The certificate is available to all graduate students at UNC. It requires 10 hours of course credit over the student’s career and is meant to complement the student’s degree program. Learn more about the Graduate Certificate Program in Participatory Research.

UNC fellowships connected to community engagement

UNC awards through the graduate school

Other UNC opportunities

Contact with suggestions for additions to this list.

National Organizations

Careers in Service

Student Training & Education in Public Service (STEPS) »

STEPS is an organization focused on connecting people with education and career opportunities in public service fields like social work, teaching, psychology and more. STEPS helps compassionate and driven professionals and students to further their education and training, develop career skills and find a calling in making a difference. Visit the STEPS website to find:

  • Step-by-step guides on how to enter public service careers.
  • Career paths for working with specific groups, such as the elderly and people with disabilities.
  • In-depth information on degrees in public service, including online programs, what you can do professionally after earning these degrees and financial aid opportunities for students.
  • A series of volunteering guides dedicated to helping people find rewarding ways to donate their time and energy for those in need.

Workshops & Training

Online module

The online module is intended to prepare students for successful service-learning partnerships. Completing this module is a required aspect of all APPLES courses and will provide insight aimed at making the most of a service-learning experience.


National Organizations