NEW497Y Independent Community Engaged Research Seminar

Tuesday 6-9 pm.  WI 2008  Instructor: Rebecca Houwer (Fall) Heather Hermant (Winter)

This new course will run for the second time in 2017-18.  Students in this course will  be working with community partners for 6-8 hours per week, participating in the research projects being undertaken by their hosts.  The forms of research will vary according to the organizations’ needs; they may include surveys, interviews, focus groups, archival research, internet or records research, program evaluation or arts-based research.

Class participants will meet weekly for the first few weeks of the Fall term, and then less frequently. In the seminars, students will learn about the  practice of community-based research, ethical issues in community-engaged research, methodologies and methods, while at the same time, will gain an understanding of the nonprofit sector and the value of research to the conduct of social change, social policy and service delivery work. Each student’s research process will be supported by the course instructor.  Seminar space will also be used for workshops, speakers, and peer-learning.

Assignments will include reflective writing, a blog post, and a presentation on the research in an end-of-year symposium.

HOW TO APPLY. (Applications for 2017-18 are now closed)
NOTE: It is important that you follow these instructions carefully  to avoid your application being misdirected or overlooked.
1. Please compile into a single file the following three items:
(a) a covering letter indicating your interest and background relevant to the specific position;
(b) your resume; and
(c) a copy of your academic history from ROSI (copied into a Word Doc).
2. Name the file thus: “Placement name – your name” (e.g. ETC… – Yingxi Gao or Hart House Kitchen – Sally Bowles).
3. Send the file as an email attachment to the CEL Coordinator at The subject line of the email should be “Placement name – your name”.
4. Please submit separate applications (different emails and attachments) for each of the different positions if you apply to more than one.

If you have any questions, please contact: