Stay Tuned: Fall ’17 Community Engagement Faculty Development

Coming Fall 2017: Service-Learning and Community Engagement: Principles, Partnerships, Best Practices, & Course Design

A faculty development series for all disciplines

Faculty will learn:

· Best practices and principles articulated by the international movement

· How to fully integrate community engagement into existing or new course

· How to cultivate effective and reciprocal community partnerships

· How to implement and facilitate critical reflection

· How to take advantage of available resources and networks.

At the completion of the series, faculty will have developed:

  • A draft syllabus with SL Course Learning Outcomes and SL components (see p. 2) to submit to the SL Curriculum Review Committee.
  • Relationships with community partner organizations as potential co-educators for their course as well as with SL Student Leaders who help facilitate partnerships.
  • A working knowledge of GivePulse, the platform used for centralizing and tracking partnerships and student engagement.
  • A cohort of colleagues on and off campus.

The series consists of 4 two-hour workshops:

Session 1 WHY SL in HIGHER ED? PHILOSOPHY & BEST PRACTICES

Framework of faculty learning community. Overview of best practices, principles, philosophies, models. Content and assignments to increase understanding of larger contexts, root causes, and potential for systemic change. Syllabus/course elements to reinforce community engagement as central to learning.

Session 2 INTEGRATING SL Course Learning Outcomes

(Re)framing the course to engage with the community.Paired work on SL CLO worksheet. (Re)designing assignments that incorporate community experiences.

Session 3 MAKING CONNECTIONS: COMMUNITY PARTNERS & CRITICAL REFLECTION

Meet the Partners (Co-educators), prompting Critical Reflection. Community issues-based reading/literature from individual disciplines. Research assignments around community issues.

Session 4 SHARING OF DRAFT SYLLABI, BRAINSTORM WITH SL FACULTY/MORE REFLECTION PROMPTS & ASSIGNMENT EXAMPLES

Participants present draft syllabus. Time for brainstorming and feedback from group and with other experienced SL Faculty.