Service Learning is a reciprocal teaching and learning strategy that allows students to serve their college, local, and global communities through meaningful civic engagement integrated with instruction and reflection. Service Learning allows students to address real world challenges and opportunities that make academic learning relevant. Service Learning enhances social skills, analytical ability, civic and ethical responsibility, self-efficacy, and career development.
New Professional Development Opportunities
The Service Learning Committee is excited to announce a new opportunity for faculty starting in Fall 2018; the Service Learning Professional Development Program. Research shows that including a service learning component in course curriculum can positively influence student retention, persistence, academic progress, personal growth and career opportunities. With this in mind, a Faculty Fellow in Service Learning will lead a formal professional development program on how to incorporate service learning into your courses. Topics to be covered will include types of service learning strategies, their goals and benefits, available resources, and how to assess outcomes and effectiveness.
The Service Learning Professional Development program is a two-semester experience, beginning with a fall semester course, followed by a spring semester mentorship led by the Faculty Fellow in Service Learning that is open to all faculty. While specific dates and times for the program are being finalized, the fall 2018 course will include three face-to-face sessions on Friday afternoons and three online learning experiences. Meetings for the spring 2019 mentorship will be arranged between the Fellow and the faculty member.
Faculty who complete the program may use their participation as professional development activity towards tenure and promotion. Embedding service learning assignments in a course also satisfies the faculty Student Support Goal. Finally, faculty who complete the professional development program and incorporate one year of service learning in their course(s) are eligible to apply for the Faculty Fellow in Service Learning, a leadership role.
To apply for participation in the Service Learning Professional Development Program (application available here), complete the application and return to Dr. Don May (Donald.May@daytonastate.edu). The application deadline for participants is September 21, 2018.