The CCL works directly with undergraduate students in a variety of experiential learning opportunities that take them into the community where they apply the skills they are gaining at Rice in justice-based engaged activities. We know that faculty and courses are the most influential and important factors for student success and that student experiences in your courses activate their passion for understanding and acting in the world.

The CCL seeks to support all faculty creating powerful learning opportunities and contributing to the public good through their research activities because we see the value such experiences have for both students and faculty. Civic and community engaged learning and research reinvigorates and democratizes disciplinary knowledge, contributes to a sense of collective action, and makes meaningful contributions to our communities.

We have and continue to develop robust resources and partnerships with faculty in different areas. As we continue to develop resources, your feedback is valuable. Please fill out the Civic and Community Engaged Learning and Research Survey.

Our staff has considerable expertise in engaged pedagogies, experiential learning, critical reflections, and civic curricula. We support faculty through:

  • Funding for engaged course support
  • Principles for Community-based Learning and Civic Engagement in Courses
  • Coming Soon: 4th Credit Hour Option- Integrated Community Engagement for Academic Credit
  • Consultation for syllabus and assignment design including assessment
  • Community Partnership principles, best practices, and networks 
  • Tailored curriculum resources for civic engagement, critical reflection, and ethical engagement with communities on request 

In addition to staff support, we have sponsored a Faculty Learning Community with Dr. Chase Lesane Brown: Creating Equitable and Inclusive Community-Based Learning Outcomes, Faculty Learning Community Hosted by Chase Lesane Brown, Spring 2023 

Support for Engaged Research and Public Scholarship

At the heart of the mission of the university is the production of knowledge and research activities. We invite you to explore how scholarship can have direct impact for and be re-invigorated by the participation of broader community partners.

  • Principles, Models, and Resources for Community Engaged Research
  • Consultation on engaged research design
  • Connections to community partners relevant to research questions
  • Forums and symposia for sharing public implications of research
  • Funded undergraduate and student engagement in and contributions to faculty research through programs like Houston Action Research Teams (HART)

Supporting Your Students in Finding Fellowships and Funding

Faculty and other mentors play a pivotal role in the development of students, their awareness of fellowship opportunities, and in the success of their applications. When students tell their stories in fellowship applications and to their mentors as they prepare to apply, we have the opportunity to learn more about their goals, the challenges they have faced, and the impact of the experiences we were essential parts of. We hope to support you as you help students identify the many opportunities available to them and as you write letters of support for their applications. Please let us know what additional resources would be helpful to you.

  • Learn more about the fellowship nomination and awards process
  • The Faculty Committee on Scholarships and Award appointed by the President, works closely with the CCL to vet applications and meet with students to understand their goals
  • Learn more about specific fellowships and resources available on our Fellowships Canvas Page
  • Nominate your students - if you think a student should be exploring these fellowships and would like to indicate your support of their pursuing a fellowship, please Nominate Them Here and a CCL advisor will reach out to them and encourage them to apply
  • Advice for writing Letters of Recommendations [coming soon] 

Graduate Student Development and Leadership

  • Graduate students are trained to support Houston Action Research Teams (HART) in engaged research
  • Graduate students may access all Fellowship Advising resources and are eligible to apply for some fellowships (such as Fulbright, Boren, Amici) ** please note that the Wagoner fellowship for graduate students is handled by Graduate Studies
  • Graduate Training in Community Based Learning and Engaged Research is currently under our Civic Rice Curricular Resources Canvas Page. Formal training and credentialing coming soon

CCL Research and Scholarship on Civic and Community Engagement

The staff in the CCL maintain an active scholarship and research agenda around our work. Currently, we are developing scholarship around co-education with community and faculty partners, student programming in community engagement to promote a sense of belonging for transition into college, and centering social justice and community building in faculty engagement for institutional change and faculty sense of purpose.


Brown, Danika M. “At Work in the Field.” Co-author with Thomas P. Miller. Culture Shock and the Practice of Profession. Eds. Virginia Anderson and Susan Romano. Hampton Press, 2006.

Brown, Danika M. “In Service to Capitalism: The Cultural Functions of Higher Education.” Rhetorical Agendas: Political, Ethical, Spiritual. Ed. Patricia Bizzell. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates, 2006.

 Brown, Danika M. “Stop Me If You’ve Heard This: Dialectical Negations and Program Development Discourses.” Composition Forum, 23 (Spring 2011).

Brown, Danika M. “Upwardly Mobile by Degrees: Higher Education and the Rhetorics of Fear.” Entertaining Fear: Rhetoric and the Political Economy of Social Control.Eds. Catherine Chaput, Danika Brown, M.J. Braun. New York: Peter Lange Publishing, 2010. 115-134.

Brown, Danika M. and Khalaf, Jessica (2021) "Critical Reflection: A Foundation for Civic Engagement," Experiential Learning & Teaching in Higher Education: Vol. 3: No. 3, Article 8. Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/elthe/vol3/iss3/8

Brown, Danika M. Pulling it Together: A Methodology for Service-Learning Based in Critical Pedagogy. Washington, D.C.: Corporation for National Service, 2001.

Brown, Danika M. “Hegemony and the Discourse of the Land Grant Movement: Critique as a Point of Departure.” Education as Civic Engagement: Toward a More Democratic Society. Eds. Gary A. Olson and Lynn Worsham. New York: Palgrave, Macmillan, 2012.  95-128. (Originally appeared in: JAC. Fall, 2003 23.2: 319-50.)

 Drake, A., Struve, L., and Khalaf, J. (2014, November). Barriers to “leaning in:” An exploratory study of career advancement for women in higher education administration, [paper and presentation]. Association for the Study of Higher Education. Washington, D.C.

Khalaf, J. (2017). “Engaging the Community in Community Engagement: Community Partners, Mutual Benefit, and Reciprocity in Community-University Partnerships [dissertation].” The University of Texas at Austin

Khalaf, J. ,Drake, A. and Struve, L. (2015, April). Gender matters: Transformations of leaders in higher education [paper and presentation]. American Educational Research Association. Chicago, Illinois

 Khalaf, Jessica. “Incorporating Civic Professionalism in a Mentoring Program for Value and Goal Alignment.” The Chronicle of Mentoring and Coaching. UNM Mentoring Institute: 2020

Reyna, Verónica L.  (2021). “Does Your Online Course Perpetuate Institutional Discrimination?” Political Science Today Issue 1, no 1: 25-26.

Reyna, Verónica L. (2018-2023). “Voting and Participation in Texas,” chapter in Sherrie Mora, ed., The State of Texas(New York: McGraw-Hill).

Reyna, Verónica L. (2021). “Zen and the Art of Teaching Methods without a Methods Course,” chapter in Daniel J. Mallinson, Julia Marin Hellwege, and Eric Loepp (eds.), Palgrave Handbook on Political Research Pedagogy (New York/London: Palgrave Macmillan): 115-125. 

Reyna, Verónica L. (2022). Latino Politics: Power, Intersectionality, and the Future of American Democracy (New York: Cengage Publishing).

Reyna, Verónica L., Emily Sydnor and Margaret Commins (2021). “Empowering and Engaging Students: Civically Engaged Research in the Classroom,” for Symposium on Civically Engaged Research in PS: Political Science and Politics 54, no 4: 730–33.

Reyna, Verónica L., LaTasha Chaffin DeHaan, Josh Franco, and Randy Villegas (2022). “A Commitment to Teaching, Learning, and Student Advocacy: Community College Careers,” in Strategies for Graduate School and Beyond. Kevin G. Lorentz ii, Daniel J. Mallinson, Julia Marin Hellwege, Davin Phoenix, and J. Cherie Strachan, eds. (Washington, D.C.: American Political Science Association): 237-242.

Reyna, Verónica L., Randy Villegas, Michael Simrak, and Maryann Kwakwa (2021). “Beyond IRB Ethical Considerations,” for Symposium on Civically Engaged Research in PS:  Political Science and Politics 54, no 4: 734–737.

 Vann, Elizabeth and Danika M Brown. “Summer of Civic Action: Empowering Students as Agents of Democratic Access and Inclusion.” In Power to the Polls: A Guide to Developing Civic Learning, Election Engagement, and Political Action in Higher Education. Ed. Marianne Magjuka. Sterling VA: Stylus, 2023. pp. 169-179

Vincent, G.J., Sutton, R.M, Khalaf, J.M., and Almasy, K. (2018). Black males in higher education: A multiple case study approach to success and retention at The University of Texas at Austin [book chapter]. Handbook of Research for Black Males with co-authors.



Brown, Danika M. “Addressing “Unbelonging” for Faculty: The Role of Faculty Development in Civic and Community Engagement”. AAC&U Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Henderson, NV, March 2023.

Brown, Danika M. “Building Co-Educational Community Partnerships through Student Leadership, a student and community partner panel”. Gulf South Summit Conference Presentation

Brown, Danika M. “Fellowship Advising and Critical Reflection: A framework for influence”.
National Association of Fellowship Advisors National Conference. Philadelphia, PA,  June 2017.

Khalaf, J. (2023). Community engaged research for social impact [conference presentation]. Gulf Scholars Conference.

Khalaf, Jessica and Morgan Kinney. “Owl Vision Grants: mentorship and mobilization through a co-education model”. Gulf South Summit Conference Presentation 

Khalaf, Jessica, Alan Steinberg, Elizabeth Vann. “Reflection and Community Engaged Learning and its Value in the Fellowship Process”. International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement Conference. 2019 

Khalaf, Jessica. “A Values-Based Approach to Goal Setting and Reflection”.
National Association of Fellowship Advisors National Conference Poster. June 2018.

Kinney, Morgan, Danika Brown, Caroline Quenemoen, Alan Steinberg. “Opening the Front Door: Aligning an inclusive mission by examining application processes”. Continuums of Service Conference Presentation, San Diego, CA, 2019.

Reyna, Verónica L. "The Intersection Between Women’s Suffrage and Racial Voting Rights: Latinas and the On-going Quest for Voting Rights," presented at The American Historical Association. New York, NY., January 2020.  

Reyna, Verónica L. “’I Wouldn’t Be No Other Than What I Am:’ Rafael C. Reyna, Jr. and the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #142,” Texas State Historical Association Conference, Labor History Panel. Fort Worth, TX., February 2013; and the Texas Center for Working Class Studies Conference, Collin Community College. McKinney, TX., February 2013.

Reyna, Verónica L. “Aligning Graduate Training with Hiring Institution Needs: ThinkingBeyond R1,” APSA Annual Conference, Department Chair’s Roundtable panelist. Seattle, WA, September 2021.

Reyna, Verónica L. “Power in Legacy, Legacy in Power,” Keynote Speaker, Texas Junior College Student Government Association Annual Meeting, HCC West Houston Institute. Houston, TX., November 2019.

Reyna, Verónica L. “Successful Transitions from Face to Face to Online Teaching,” TLC at APSA Annual Conference Reception, moderator. Virtual Meeting, September 2020.

Reyna, Verónica L. “Teaching Intersectionality in Latino Politics,” TCCTA Conference. Houston, TX. March 2023.

Reyna, Verónica L. “Writing Your CV and Teaching Statement,” MPSA Annual Conference, panelist. Chicago, IL, 2022.

Reyna, Verónica L. Emily Sydnor and Margaret Cumins, “Faculty-Student Civically Engaged Research,” co-authored paper presented at MPSA 2020 by Emily Sydnor. Chicago, IL., April 2020.


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