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Community Engaged Learning

Working Together to Apply Knowledge

CEL involves students, faculty and community partners working together to apply knowledge in authentic settings in order to address community needs while also meeting instructional objectives. CEL enhances and deepens students' understanding of an academic discipline by facilitating the integration of theory and practice. This high impact teaching method provides students with experiences that develop life skills, with opportunities to engage in critical reflection, and with the intellectual space to understand and contribute to the public purpose of their chosen major or discipline.

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Classroom Component


The classroom component of the course is combined with the experiential learning component, along with multiple reflection opportunities, to create an enriching, meaningful and applied learning experience for the student. This strategy allows students to apply lecture topics to the professional world, enhances civic responsibility, and strengthens relationships between students and their off-campus community. 





Global Environmental Issues



Conservation Biology











Each of these courses allows students to engage in meaningful, applied work with a community partner that enriches the learning experience. For more details see the class-specific CEL syllabus linked above.  

Amy Sibul


Amy Sibul (Instructor/CEL Coordinator)

As a teaching faculty for the School of Biological Sciences and is one of two Instructors for Conservation Biology (Biol3470). She coordinates the Community Engaged Learning Program for the department, and manages the informal internship program which helps connect students with applied experiences and allows them to earn academic credit for those experiences through enrolling in Biol4965-Independent Internship. She also serves as the Assistant Director of Community Engaged Learning for the Bennion Community Service Center. Sibul’s educational background is in Wildlife Biology, Ecology, and Conservation. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University in 1994 and her Master's in Plant Ecology from Utah State University in 1998.

Her professional experience includes serving as the biologist for a Salt Lake City environmental consulting firm and directing the Conservation Program at Red Butte Garden. She has always emphasized the importance of civic engagement and has volunteered for the Salt Lake City School District, BreatheUtah, The Utah Museum of Natural History, and serves on the Board of the Hollow Tree Honey Foundation. She is the Committee Chair of the University of Utah Bee Campus USA Committee, and is the Faculty Advisor to the University of Utah Beekeepers’ Association.

Contact Information

Amy Sibul

Assistant Director for Community Engaged Learning
Instructor/Community Engaged Learning Coordinator

Bennion Community Service Center 


Offices: Bldg. 44 Rm 215
Union Rm 101

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