Support for Community-Engaged Scholarship Courses

Faculty who teach community-engaged scholarship courses intersect three goals: transformational student learning, beneficial outcomes for community partners, and high quality scholarly work. To support these courses, the Nashman Center provides professional development, grants, and practical/logistical assistance.

Nashman Course Design Workshops

The Nashman Course Design Workshops will help you apply the important principles of high quality community engagement and course design in order to maximize community impact and student learning. Join a small group of fellow faculty to explore ideas and receive thoughtful feedback. Advance readings for each workshop are available here.

2019 Schedule

  • April 17, 1-2:30pm, Marvin Center Room 400:  Foundations of Community-Engaged Scholarship and Community Partnerships

  • April 24, 1-2:30pm, Marvin Center Room G12: Course Design and Nashman Supports

  • May 8, 1-2:30pm, Marvin Center Room 400: Reflection and Dissemination of Scholarship


GWServes is an online platform that facilitates communication between faculty, community partners, and students. All GW students and faculty have a GWServes account accessible by using their GW email account with the same sign on information, students and faculty need only visit the site to create a profile and begin using the platform.

  • Connect students to the community organizations you have identified as partners. 

  • Monitor student activities, including which organization each student is working with, their hours served, and impacts achieved.

  • Communicate with community organizations about on-going student progress, share your syllabus, and collect feedback through internal communications or surveys.

  • Identify new community partners by browsing the community organization profile pages.

  • Access resources like the Student Handbook for Community-Engaged Scholarship Courses, Liability Waiver, Release Agreement Forms and brief videos to help you and your students use GWServes.

  • Utilize data collected here to report and analyze students’ service and impact at the course and department level, from year to year.

The data collected through GWServes will help us identify patterns, deepen campus-community relationships, and ultimately improve our effectiveness in creating positive change in the community. 

To get started, visit and create your profile. From there, you can edit your course page(s), monitor student service hours, communicate with community partners, distribute surveys and much more. 

Nashman Guide: Writing the Syllabus

This Nashman Guide addresses how to approach communicating the goals and expectations you have to students in your Community-Engaged Scholarship Course. It includes sample syllabus language you are welcome to use or edit. It also provides current information to share with students about resources available to them.


Liability Waivers and the Student Guide to Community-Engaged Scholarship Courses

Faculty often ask about the risk of sending students to the community. Of course, as you and your community partners design the students' service initiative, student safety must be a consideration. Collect a Waiver and Release Agreement Form from each student. We strongly recommend that you distribute and collect these forms in class - minimizing the need for constant follow-up and reminders. Faculty and students have access to this form through GWServes. They are also available at this link

The Student Guide for Community-Engaged Scholarship Courses is a resource available to prepare students to serve respectfully, responsibly, and safely. It outlines a step-by-step approach to beginning their service work, including information about reporting incidents such as accidents or sexual harassment concerns. This Guide is also available to faculty and students through GWServes and the link below.

Certified to Serve: Background Checks for DC Public Schools

Washington DC Public Schools has a background check process that can prove time consuming. To help facilitate this process for GW students and faculty, the Nashman Center has a Certified to Serve event every September. TB testing can be completed through Colonial Health and the fingerprinting and police background check is completed right here on campus in a one-stop shop.