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Community-Engaged Education

Community-engaged experiences may be placement-based (where students attend weekly) or project-based (where students connect with the host organization for mentorship in the project but may not visit the organization regularly). They engage individual or groups of students in unpaid, community-based/volunteer placements or projects that directly relate to a specific academic course and are negotiated between the host organization and EE to find opportunities that are mutually beneficial in fulfilling the needs of the organization and the course objectives.

Academic Placements and Projects

Academic placements and projects provide students an opportunity to:

  • enrich the classroom experience by allowing them to be an active participant in learning
  • apply classroom learning to practical, hands-on experiences
  • learn more about and contribute to the community around them
  • expand their network of contacts and build their resume


How to Get Started

To best support you and your students, we ask that all faculty/instructors who wish to explore community-engaged education placements or projects (with the support of EE) for the 2018-2019 academic year, please submit the Faculty Expression of Interest Form below by the following dates:

  • Monday, June 11, 2018 (for classes commencing September 2018)
  • Monday, October 1, 2018 (for classes commencing January 2019)

Courses do not need to be fully planned to submit this form, but we do need to know who may be interested in working with us in the coming terms to allow enough time for planning and outreach. If you are in the exploratory stages of planning and would like to meet to discuss options before completing this form, please email Ruthanne Talbot at by the above dates.

Faculty Expression of Interest Form

Resources for Faculty

Community-engagement supports on campus

Community-Engaged Education in Courses

Office of Community Engagement

Field Trips

  • McMaster's Office Of Environmental and Occupational Health Support Services (EOHSS) determines all health and safety requirements for field trips, including the RMM 801 form. Visit the EOHSS website for accurate, updated information.
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Ruthanne Talbot

Programming and Outreach Manager, Academic placements & community engaged learning