Tisch College supports Tufts faculty to conduct research on civic engagement and to develop courses that prepare students in all fields of study to be active citizens. The following programs and forms of support are available to faculty:

Tisch College Faculty Fellows

The program convenes scholars for interdisciplinary discussions about engaged teaching and research and builds the capacity of Tufts faculty to integrate active citizenship into their work. It comes with a stipend that can be used for salary or research/teaching expenses. Fellows are convened four times a semester to discuss common themes, challenges, and resources from diverse disciplinary perspectives. To date, more than 75 colleagues representing every school have participated in this program, open to all Tufts faculty by application.  Learn more

Tisch College Faculty

A unique interdisciplinary convener, Tisch College engages faculty across all Tufts schools in engaged teaching and research.  More than 50 faculty members from seven Tufts schools now hold secondary appointments at Tisch College.  Learn more

Research support from the Tufts Community Research Center

The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life has supported civically engaged research through the creation of the Tufts Community Research Center (TCRC). The TCRC seeks to involve Tufts faculty and students from across all seven schools of the university in research done in collaboration with community partners. Run by a Steering Committee of community members and Tufts Faculty, TCRC places a special, but not exclusive, emphasis on Tufts’ host communities of Somerville, Medford and Boston’s Chinatown. Research we support must involve a formal community partner and produce scholarship at the same time it yields knowledge useful to the community. Priority is given to redressing issues of disparity, inequality and injustice in society. Research topics may include education, the economy, housing, the environment and health. Learn more

Integrate civic engagement into your course

Civic engagement is not limited to service learning; it can be any content that adds to a student’s civic knowledge, skills or beliefs, whether in practice or through theory. If you are interested in exploring ways in which your course can have an impact on student learning in this realm, Tisch College can work with you in multiple ways.  If you would like direct contact with the community, we can provide you with background on Tufts host communities and/or identify community partners in need of assistance by specific discipline. For community partner information contact shirley.mark@tufts.edu. If you are looking for research on youth civic engagement or civic learning in general, contact peter.levine@tufts.edu. If you would like assistance in brainstorming ideas for curriculum change that includes civic and experiential learning, contact mindy.nierenberg@tufts.edu

Utilize Tisch College’s civic learning outcomes

Tisch College defines civic learning outcomes as the knowledge, skills and values an individual needs to be an effective active citizen- someone who understands the obligation and undertakes the responsibility to collaborate with community members; identify strengths, resources and needs in order to build stronger and healthier communities and address social challenges. These Civic Learning Outcomes may be useful to you as you define your own course learning outcomes. Learn more

Faculty features in Tisch College newsletter

Tisch College publishes features on our website and monthly electronic newsletter. If your work is connected with civic learning or research, contact jennifer.mcandrew@tufts.edu to discuss the potential for a story being featured by Tisch College. Learn more