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Summer Teaching Institute

Summer 2024 Opportunities

Service Learning Faculty Institute

2024 Institute Overview

  • Monday - Thursday, June 3-6th
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Each Day) at the Faculty Center, 2400 Kellogg 
  • Participating faculty will receive $600 training stipend and an additional $500 training stipend if they teach their new Service Learning course in the following academic year and attend follow-up sessions. 
  • Open to faculty of all ranks and colleges

Applications are due by May 20, 2024

Service Learning is a high-impact teaching practice that incorporates community work into the curriculum, giving students transformative, real-world learning experiences that enhance their academic learning while providing a tangible benefit to the community. Faculty can also carry out community-engaged research as part of the service learning courses they teach. 

Through presentations and hands-on activities, our 4-day Faculty Institute will help new faculty incorporate service learning into their courses and existing service learning faculty to improve their practice. We will brainstorm ideas, build syllabi, and identify learning outcomes, create assignments, and explore how you can conduct community-engaged research as part of your service learning courses. We will invite speakers, including community partners, to discuss best practices and tips for success.

The Service Learning Summer Teaching Institute will focus on both the pedagogy and the practice of service learning and reflection. This includes:

  • Creating learning objectives that link service to course outcomes
  • Identifying Community Partners that fit the needs of your course and engage students
  • Designing reflection activities tied with the learning objectives and the service
  • Examining rubrics to assess student learning
  • Gathering data that you can analyze and present findings at conferences and publish in academic journals
Who should apply?
  • Faculty of all ranks from all colleges are encouraged to apply. Service learning can be added to any course. We will assist faculty in developing ideas and identifying community partners. Previous experience with Service Learning is not required (but also welcome!).
  • Service learning faculty who are interested in improving their courses.

For questions about the event or application, please contact Sinem Siyahhan, Service Learning Faculty Director at ssiyahhan@csusm.edu

What is the commitment? 
  • Faculty should plan to attend the full time from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM from June 3rd to 6th.
How will faculty be selected?
  • Diverse representation across disciplines and colleges and faculty ranks.
  • Faculty who never taught service learning course before will have priority.
  • Space will be limited to 10 participants
What is the compensation?
  • Faculty who complete the Service Learning Summer Teaching Institute will be awarded $600 training stipend for attending and participating at all 4 days of the meetings and an additional $500 training stipend if they can teach their new Service Learning course in the following academic year and attend the guided follow-up in AY 2024-25. 

Only Unit 3 faculty members who will be on contract with an existing Unit 3 appointment during the entire time frame of the training or professional development opportunity are eligible to be considered for a stipend. Faculty may not request or accept professional development and/or training under this program unless they are on active pay status as a faculty bargaining unit employee. Summer stipends can only be offered to faculty who will be employed the preceding spring and subsequent fall semesters as Unit 3.

Faculty are limited to a maximum of $10,000 in stipends for faculty training and professional development per fiscal year. Faculty cannot accept an offer for a stipend that will cause them to exceed this $10,000 annual limit.

All faculty members accepting a stipend must fulfill all of the stated terms and expectations that constitute completion of the training or development activity to receive the stipend.

Application 

Applications are due: May 20, 2024 |  Notification of selection: May 23, 2024