Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Institute

Ernest L Boyer quote from Scholarship ReconcideredThis summer the Service-Learning Faculty Fellows program will begin celebrating its 10th program year! The Service-Learning Institute provides faculty with an in-depth professional development opportunity to learn how to successfully integrate service into their curricula and ultimately serve as advocates for service-learning at UCA. This institute is designed to benefit faculty who wish to explore service-learning as a pedagogical tool in an intensive, in-depth manner, with the intent of implementing it into a specific academic course.

UCA faculty are invited to join us for the 10th annual, two-week Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Institute May 22-June 2, 2023, which will prepare you to teach a new or redesigned service-learning course in the 2023-2024 academic year. You will be asked to complete some asynchronous readings and discussions prior to the summer program as part of the institute. Graduates of the Service-Learning Institute will also be designated as Service-Learning Faculty Fellows for the 2023-2024 academic year and will be paid a $500 stipend for participation in the two-week summer institute, along with daily catered lunches during the institute. 

Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 31, 2023 and applicants will be notified by mid-April. Submit your application online!

Visit the Service-Learning Faculty Fellows program webpage (linked) to learn more about the program and members of past cohorts. 

Faculty Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in the Service-Learning Institute, you will be able to

  • Discuss the historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations of service-learning pedagogies
  • Identify how different types of service-learning and various community partnership opportunities can be applied across disciplines to achieve student learning outcomes
  • Apply cultural humility and an asset-based approach to the creation of reciprocal partnerships between the university and community
  • Establish a comprehensive plan for effectively planning a collaborative community-based project, including communication, orientation and training, risk management, shared decision-making, and contingencies
  • Facilitate critical reflection that leads students to connect their service experiences to key academic concepts, skills, and ideas covered in the course
  • Study the impact of service-learning through assessment, evaluations, and research, including conducting original community-engaged scholarship or scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Implement a new or revised service-learning project in one or more of your courses
  • Advocate for service-learning and civic engagement within your department, college, the university, and your field

TextbookBook Cover

Welch, M. & Plaxton-Moore, S. (2019). The craft of community engaged teaching and learning: A guide for faculty development. Stylus Publishing.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 31, 2023 and applicants will be notified by mid-April. Submit your application online!