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Service-Learning Institute

CANCELED: 2020-2021 Service-Learning Institute Submission

Submit your completed application and a copy of the course syllabus for the project to be developed to Dr. Julianne Gassman at by March 31st, 2020.

The Purpose of the Service-Learning Institute 

This 3-day workshop focuses on incorporating 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 for each faculty member to design a service-learning project for a course to be implemented in the 2020-2021 academic year. Each faculty member will be partnered with a community agency prior to the seminar and the faculty member and community agency partner will co-design a service-learning project.

Who should apply?

The SLI is structured for those who are interested in designing a service-learning project but have not done so in the past and/or for those who are interested in designing a new service-learning project.  The SLI is open to all full-time faculty (tenured/tenure-track and instructors) and P&S staff. While priority will be given to “first timers” all interested faculty are encouraged to apply. Ten faculty/staff will be accepted to participate in the SLI. Selection criteria will include but is not limited to:

  1. Faculty/staff who are new to designing service-learning projects
  2. Representation across campus to be inclusive of as many colleges, departments, and majors as possible
  3. Ability to match a faculty/staff member and their project to an agency/community partner

Details for 2020-2021

Date: May 19-21

Time: May 19th, 12:00-5:00; May 20th, 9:00-5:00; May 21st, 9:00-4:00 (meals included each day)

Location: TBD

Faculty Participation stipend: $1000 ($500 upon completion of the May 2019 workshop and $500 upon completion of teaching and follow-up report, due May 2020).

Selected community partners will receive a $500 stipend for their time.


Each faculty member will need to complete an application which includes submitting the syllabus in which the service-learning project will be embedded. A brief description of a project and/or time spent working with Dr. Julianne Gassman on developing a project idea is required. There will also be pre-institute preparation such as reading assignments.

Participating faculty will be asked to serve as a resource for other faculty interested in developing service-learning projects in their courses, submit their post-SLI syllabi, as well as complete pre and post SLI surveys. In addition, participants will be asked to attend a follow-up meeting in fall 2020 and spring 2021 to discuss lessons learned. Participating faculty will be expected to display their service-learning project at a Community Engagement Celebration day in April 2021.