Community Engaged Learning Fellows Program

The Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) provides training for faculty and staff interested in community-engaged learning (CEL) and/or community research (CR) pedagogies.

Fellows meet in the fall semester to learn the theories behind community-engaged approaches to learning and research then develop courses, workshops, presentations, or other materials for delivery in the spring. The hybrid training consists of five face-to-face workshops and several online components in Canvas.

Typical Program Schedule


  • Attend statewide CEL retreat (Sponsored by Utah Campus Compact)

September - November

  • Attend five workshops approximately every other week
  • Apply for Temporary CEL designation on course (September)


  • Attend group social

January - April

  • Teach newly revamped course
  • Apply for CEL designation on newly revamped course (February)
  • Meet with CEL Fellows for book discussions and to be fully embedded in the community

May - July

  • Select new CEL Fellows

Interested in becoming a CEL Fellow?

Contact Becky Jo Gesteland at  if you are interested in becoming a CEL Fellow.

Fellows are selected at the end of Spring Semester and begin the program in August of each academic year.


2015-2016 CEL Fellows

Isabel Asensio

Ben Barrazza

Barrett Bonella

Jennifer Claesgens

Emma Clark

Shirley Dawson

Christie Denniston

Mark Denniston

Jeremy Farner

Jenny Gnagey

Therese Grijalva

Gary Johnson

Carol McNamara

Gail Nikalson

Tara Peris

Monica Williams