Twelve years ago I and a group of Allegheny colleagues created an interdisciplinary academic program to meet the needs of students committed to community engagement. Since then I have taught several of the interdisciplinary courses the group devised to provide theoretical and practical underpinnings for the program's curriculum. Through those experiences, I discovered the field of community psychology, which did not exist in its present form when I was in graduate school. It was such a perfect fit with the aims of the program that, a couple of years ago, I offered a community psychology course, teaching myself as I went along. I would like to continue teaching that course and others like it, but I need some formal instruction to fill in considerable gaps in my theoretical knowledge and practical skills. This August I will have the opportunity to do both through an intensive graduate seminar offered at the University of Oslo and a course-workshop at Midwest Academy in Chicago. I am asking for $3700 for travel, board and tuition. Given funding, both the course and the training workshop are feasible as I can devote my time to study and travel during the summer. There is substantial value for me in the training itself, preparing me better for teaching and research in this subfield. In addition, participation in the course and the workshop will allow me to develop a network of colleagues with expertise in this area that is relatively new to me as a teacher and scholar. This will also be valuable in a timely way to the institution, since I have been asked to coordinate Allegheny's "theme of the year" in 2011-12: Sustainable Communities. Outcomes will include substantial improvements to three courses I will teach in 2011-12, creation of a new course and internship focused on activism, mentoring of colleagues wishing to include community engagement in a course, and enrichment of college-community partnerships.