Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Institute

Ernest L Boyer quote from Scholarship ReconcideredThe 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 two-week Service-Learning Institute May 13-24, 2024, which will prepare you to teach a new or redesigned service-learning course in the 2024-2025 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 2024-2025 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. 

New in 2024!

UCA’s Global Learning Institute will be offered in coordination with the Service-Learning Institute on May 20-21 to allow faculty the opportunity to participate in both institutes and synthesize their learning about these two high-impact, community-engaged pedagogies. Applicants for the Service-Learning Institute may indicate their interest in participating in the Global Learning Institute in the Service-Learning Institute application. Participants in the Global Learning Institute will receive an additional $100 stipend for participation.  Those interested only in the COIL training in the Global Learning Internship may register only for May 20-21 here.

Visit the Service-Learning Faculty Fellows program webpage 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


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, April 12, 2024 and applicants will be notified by mid-April. Submit your application online!