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Service-Learning Institute

2019-2020 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 28th, 2019.

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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 2018-2019 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). While priority will be given to “first timers” all interested faculty are encouraged to apply. Ten faculty will be accepted to participate in the SLI. Selection criteria will include but is not limited to:

  1. Faculty 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 member and their project to an agency/community partner

Details for 2019-2020

Date: May 21-23

Time: May 21st, 12:00-5:00; May 22nd, 9:00-5:00; May 23rd, 9:00-4:00 (meals included each day)

Location: TBD

Faculty Participation stipend: $1000 ($500 upon completion of the May 2018 workshop and $500 upon completion of teaching and follow-up report, due May 2019).

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 2019 and spring 2020 to discuss lessons learned. Participating faculty will be expected to display their service-learning project at a Community Engagement Celebration day in April 2020.