Community Engaged Research Learning Opportunities

Successful community engaged research and creative practice crosses all disciplines. However, it requires specialized approaches, methodologies, practices, and skillsets. The INSPIRE! Community Engaged Research Program provides opportunities for WSU faculty members to learn from experienced practitioners and other experts in community engaged work through information sessions as well as a more intensive training through structured workshops.


Workshops are offered at least once per year to support faculty pursuing community engaged research. These workshops will be beneficial to faculty with all levels of experience with community engagement but will be particularly geared toward those just beginning or seeking to begin a community engaged research program.

Information Sessions

Information sessions on a variety of topics relevant to community engaged research will be scheduled throughout the academic year. Past topics have included the CER seed grant program, engagement with Tribal communities, and community engaged research broadly. Keep an eye out for announcements on future sessions which will include discipline-specific conversations around community engagement and more!

Community Engaged Research Opportunities

In this panel session, WSU scholars and researchers discussed their practice of community engaged research and the INSPIRE! program was formally announced. A recording of this session is available.

Foundations of Community Engagement

Not sure where to start with community engagement? Staff from the WSU Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) present the basics, including how to identify and develop mutually beneficial relationships with community partners. The CCE maintains a database of 1000 community partners affiliated with Washington State University and can provide guidance in collaborating with partners to develop your community engaged research.

Community Engaged Research Seed Grants

Associate Vice President for Research Kim Christen introduces the new Community Engaged Research Program and seed grants available to faculty at WSU Pullman. Dr. Christen will discusses the whys and hows of community engaged research, the types of projects the grants are intended to fund, deadlines, and how to apply. This session will be of interest to faculty at WSU Pullman who do community engaged research or who are interested in getting started.

Preparing for Tribal Engagement in Research

Dr. Ken Lokensgard, Co-Director of the Center for Native American Research & Collaborations (Native American Programs/Office of Tribal Relations) provided an overview of the things you should consider before submitting research protocols, requests for letters of support and collaboration, and grant proposals that involve working with Tribal partners.

Leveraging the Power of Extension in Community-Engaged Research

Four experts from WSU Extension share a bit of what Extension does and ways that Extension can be a partner for community engaged research in Washington state.