Co-facilitate a Community of Practice

Campus Compact regularly seeks experienced community engagement professionals from across our national network to serve as co-facilitators for our  communities of practice (CoPs) in the following core competency areas associated with the Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program:

CoP are typically convened three times a year: in the fall (September – December), winter/spring (January – May) and summer (June – August), typically in the form of six, 90-minute virtual sessions.  Campus Compact offers design and technical support to co-facilitators as well as helps “pair” those who wish to co-facilitate offerings at institutional, state, regional, or national levels. Campus Compact does not provide financial support or payment to CoP co-facilitators

If you have specific questions about co-facilitating a Campus Compact’s CoP, see the FAQ below or contact Clayton Hurd, Director of Professional Learning and Engaged Scholarship, at clayton.hurd@compact.org. You can read some reflections of past co-facilitators here.


What is a Community of Practice?

Communities of practice (CoPs) play a significant role in helping community engagement professionals (CEPs) advance their professional learning and prepare to earn certification by:

  • Providing participants the space to share, reflect on, and build their knowledge around specific areas of competency in community engagement practice, and
  • Providing a valued “cohort” for collegial support as participants reflect on their professional practice and prepare materials for certification through the Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program.

The timing of CoP offerings typically are aligned with our credential program Enrollment Periods.

Campus Compact encourages and supports CoPs that: 

  • Are designed to be democratic and allow for the active, ongoing, and inclusive participation of all community members; they should not be designed simply as a set of didactic knowledge transfer workshops or webinars.
  • Embrace and embody the following equity-based principles: that (a) everyone has knowledge to share, (b) everyone has learning to do, and (c) participants bring many identities and ways of knowing and that such diverse expressions should be encouraged and incorporated into CoP activities. For a useful and relevant model of CoP facilitation, please see Minnesota Campus Compact CoP facilitation guidebook here.

To request an outline of best practices for developing a CoP for the credentialing program, please contact clayton.hurd@compact.org.

For more information, please see the FAQ below.


FAQ for Hosting a CoP for the Credentialing Program

1. Who can propose a CoP for the CEP Credentialing Program?

Campus Compact encourages and will support efforts at any Compact member institution or set of institutions as well as state or regional Campus Compact offices.

Campus Compact-approved communities of practice must be free of charge for participants. We do not provide financial incentives or payments to co-facilitators.

2. Who is eligible to participate in a CoP?

CoPs are open to faculty, staff, administrators, students, and community partners affiliated with Campus Compact member campuses. Campus Compact believes that all CEPs, regardless of their formal role, have valuable knowledge to share and learning to do. The CoPs are designed to leverage connections and open conversations that might not otherwise occur.

3. What does a CoP look like?

The CoP may be virtual (on-line) or in person, and may include up to 15 participants. Typically, the CoP is led by a facilitator (or co-facilitators) and is developed to explore a particular core competency practice area of higher education community engagement and aligned with key competencies from the CEP Credentialing Program.  We recommend that CoPs meet a minimum of six times, and that meetings be approximately 90 minutes in length and take place in person or over a reliable web video conference service (e.g., Zoom).

During CoP meetings, participants may:

  • Discuss in detail the key competencies related to the credential area and how they pertain to aspects of their work
  • Share principles, theories, or models related to the key competencies and discuss how they play out in their work
  • Share stories from their work and collectively derive principles for practice
  • Discuss case studies or scenarios elucidating issues relevant to the credential area and key competencies
  • Share and discuss articles, videos, and other resources relevant to the competency area
  • Discuss requirements for the submission of credential applications and a process for how CoP participants may best support one another to prepare their portfolios for submission
  • Workshop or peer review application materials in progress
4. I am interested, but what support might I get to facilitate a CoP?

As needed, Campus Compact can help support and promote any approved CoP opportunity, including some technical support and help in recruiting participants. If you are looking for a partner with whom to co-facilitate a CoP, we may be able to pair you with others who are interested.

For more information, including an outline of best practices for developing a CoP for the CEP Credentialing Program, please contact Clayton Hurd, Campus Compact’s director of professional learning and engaged scholarship at clayton.hurd@compact.org.