Community Engagement

University of Northern Iowa - Community Engagement

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Service-Learning Institute

Applications are due Thursday, May 19, 2022
 To Download the Application Please Click Here

The Purpose of the Service-Learning Institute 

The purpose of The Service-Learning Institute is to incorporate service-learning activities into courses in ways that align with course learning goals, enhance student growth and civic awareness, and strengthen our community.

The Goal of the Service-Learning Institute 

The goal for participants of the Service-Learning Institute (SLI) is to understand the pedagogy of service-learning and community engagement and to design a service-learning project for a course to be implemented in the fall/spring 2022/23 academic year. Each faculty member will be expected to partner with a community agency and the faculty member and community agency partner will co-design a service-learning project together. Faculty and/or instructors can select their community partner or ask for support in finding a partner from UNI’s Office of Community Engagement.

Who should apply?

This is open to all faculty (tenured/tenure-track and instructors). Space is limited. Selection will be based on:

  • Faculty who are new to designing service-learning projects.
  • Representation across campus to be inclusive of various many colleges and majors.
  • Previous engagement with the Waterloo Walnut neighborhood and/or sustainability.

Details for 2021-2022

Sustainability Cohort only - Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 10:00-2:00

Walnut Collect Cohort only - Friday, June 3rd, 2022, 12:00-4:00 

All faculty/instructors - Service-Learning Pedagogy - Tuesday, May 31; 9:00-4:00 pm (Optional only if you have already participated in a UNI Service-Learning Institute)

Location: TBD - accepted applicants will be contacted 

Faculty Stipend: $250/per day; $500 total


Each faculty member will need to complete an application.  A brief description of the course you want to develop in the institute is required. In addition, if you want support in finding a community partner and/or once a partner is selected, support in designing a project, please contact Dr. Julianne Gassman. 


Applications are due Thursday, May 19, 2022

 To Download the Application Please Click Here