Community Engagement

University of Northern Iowa - Community Engagement

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Service-Learning Institute

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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 2021/22 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?

The SLI is intended for those who are ready to design or re-design a course and embed a service-learning project into the course.  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 May 2021 SLI session. 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

Format: 3-day, hybrid model; in-person locations TBD

Dates: May 18th-20th, 2021 application deadline extended Wednesday, April 28th

Faculty Participation stipend: $500

Selected community partner stipend: $500


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.