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Faculty Professional Development

The Service Learning Department offers different professional development opportunities for faculty throughout the academic year and during summer. The Faculty Champions of Service Learning meetings are designed to engage faculty across campus with service learning and aims to create a community of practice around service learning. The Faculty Summer Institute provides a focused time for faculty to get together to plan for teaching a service learning course and deepend their knowledge of best practices.  

Faculty Champions of Service Learning Meetings 

We hold Faculty Champions of Service Learning Meetings each semester to support faculty who are currently teaching service learning courses and those who are interested to learn more about teaching service learning courses. Each meeting lasts 1 hour and covers a topic related to service learning. Faculty who participate in three meetings will receive a letter from the Service Learning Department to include in their RTP file (for tenure track faculty) and their periodic evaluation file (for lecturer faculty). 

Spring 2024 Meeting Topics, Dates, and Times
Topic  Date  Time
Building & Cultivating Community Partnerships for Service Learning Courses  February 2  12:00 - 1:00pm
Getting Community Engaged Research out of Service Learning Courses  February 13 12:00 - 1:00pm
Assessing Students' Learning in Service Learning Courses  February 23  12:00 - 1:00pm
Social Justice, Inclusivity, and Diversity Focus in Service Learning Courses  February 29  12:00 - 1:00pm
Designing Classroom Activities & Assignments in Service Learning Courses  March 8  12:00 - 1:00pm
Ways to Talk about Service Learning in Your File  March 12 12:00 - 1:00pm
Incorporating Service Learning into Courses across Different Disciplines (STEM, Business, Arts, etc.)  March 28 12:00 - 1:00pm
Service Learning Students working with Children versus Adults  April 4 12:00 - 1:00pm
Incorporating Technology into Service Learning Courses  April 12 12:00 - 1:00pm
Piloting a Service Learning Course  April 23 12:00 - 1:00pm
Service Learning Required, Optional, For Extra Credit: How should I choose? How should I design my course?  April 30 12:00 - 1:00pm

Don't see the topic you are interested in covered? Let us know the topic you would like us to cover at the Faculty Champions of Service Learning meetings. 

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Faculty Summer Institute 

Dates & Times for Summer 2024: 9:00AM - 3:00PM, June 3rd through 6th 

Applications are due: Monday, May 20, 2024 

Through a combination of presentations and hand-on activities, our 4-day Faculty Institute will lead you step-by-step through the process of adding Service Learning into an upcoming class. You need not have an idea on what service you intend to add. We will help you brainstorm ideas and introduce you to our database of Community Partners seeking students. We will invite speakers, including community partners, to discuss best practices and tips for success.

The Summer Teaching Institute will focus on both the pedagogy and the practice of service learning and on 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
  • Who should apply?
    • Faculty of all ranks from all colleges are encouraged to apply. We strongly believe that service 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!).
  • What is the commitment?
    • Faculty should plan to attend the full time from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM for four consecutive days. 
    • Participants will spend an additional few hours doing reading in preparation for each session and assessing techniques learned in the institute.
    • Faculty will attend a follow up meeting during the AY 23-24 to discuss and troubleshoot any challenges with their new Service Learning courses.
  • What is the compensation?
    • Faculty who complete the Summer Teaching Institute will be awarded $600 for professional development and an additional $500 if they are able to teach their new Service Learning course in the following academic year.