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.
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 during the fall 2020 semester designed to assist faculty in incorporating service learning into their 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.
Fall 2020 Meeting dates:
1. Program Orientation (TBD)
2. Teaching and Learning Workshop #1 (TBD)
3. Teaching and Learning Workshop #2 (TBD)
4. Wrap-Up Session (Spring Planning 2021 - Exact date and time TBD)
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 opportunity.
To apply for participation in the Service Learning Professional Development Program, complete the application and return to Dr. Don May. The application deadline for participants is September 25, 2020.