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 (AKA Engaged Faculty 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 spring or fall 2021. 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 winter SLI sessions. 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: Two-weeks, online asynchronous learning experience

Dates: December 4-21, 2020 application deadline November 23

January 8-25, 2021, application deadline January 4

Faculty Participation stipend: $500.

Selected community partners will receive a $500 stipend.

*Please note the financial support for UNI participants is different than what is indicated from Iowa/Minnesota Campus Compact.


Each faculty member will need to complete an application through Iowa/Minnesota Campus Compact.  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.