Service-Learning Faculty Fellowship Program
Deadline: Aug. 7, 2012
Application Deadline: August 7, 2012
I. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Overview: What is Service-learning?
Service-learning is an experiential teaching approach that integrates meaningful community service opportunities into an academic course. Students become active participants in the learning process by using what they learn in the classroom to solve real-world problems in the community.
Research studies have shown that service-learning has a significant positive impact on faculty-student interaction; student retention and on students’ overall academic experience.
The Powell Center seeks to provide every CCNY student with the opportunity to experience service-learning during college, and, in the process, develop leadership skills, professional networks, and a deeper understanding of community needs and resources.
To achieve this vision, the Powell Center provides all interested faculty with the resources and tools they need to develop and teach high-quality service-learning courses, and to sustain their practice by networking with peers on a local and national level.
How We Work
The Service-Learning Faculty Fellowship Program is designed to reward faculty for the extra time it takes to develop high-quality service-learning courses and meaningful experiences for their students. The program provides support for faculty to develop courses; it also provides them with opportunities to network among peers and participate in professional development. Center staff can also help faculty fellows with developing partnerships with community organizations; with orienting students to their service-learning experience, and with the evaluation and assessment of service-learning experiences.
The program also seeks to build a committed network of high-quality service-learning practitioners at CCNY. To do this, we provide faculty with opportunities to share resources with other service-learning faculty and to present their work in academic journals or conferences.
Examples of Service-Learning Courses at CCNY
Patient-Doctor I & II
COMMUNITY HEALTH & SOCIAL MEDICINE (Sophie Davis)
Students developed the skills and techniques to engage in effective patient-centered medical interviewing by completing a rotation at a community health clinic. Students completed a special civic engagement project for each clinic through which they provided 10-minute interventions to enable patients in waiting rooms to participate more fully as a partner in their care. 60 students
Public Relations Writing
MEDIA & COMMUNICATION ARTS (Ad/PR)
Each semester, non-profit organizations serve as real-world clients for this course in CCNY’s advertising/public relations program. Students learn how to apply professional business writing techniques as they meet a variety of communication needs for partnering organizations.
Students in an Environmental Entrepreneurship course worked with the nonprofit organization, Greenproofing, Inc.. In particular, they assessed the organization’s proposal to develop a “micro-venture” geared around improving water efficiency in urban communities. Students assessed the economic, social, and environmental implications of launching this venture on CCNY’s campus. 19 students
Details of Fellowship Award
Stipend and Funding : Up to $5,000 available to new individual faculty members:
- A one-time $2,000 cash stipend paid directly to faculty for completion of individualized course development program, including four workshops on campus and one off-campus professional development event coordinated by the Powell Center.
- Up to an additional $3,000 in support including an opportunity to apply for a $750 stipend for a student course assistant and to participate in the Annual Gulf South Summit for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, or International Association for Research in Service-Learning and Community Engagement Annual Conference.
- An opportunity to energize teaching and the classroom environment and to enhance learning outcomes for students.
- The opportunity to present alongside a community partner at the annual NYMAPS symposium. This event is hosted by the Powell Center-led, New York Metro Area Partnership for Service-Learning, (NYMAPS) a consortium of college, universities dedicated to realizing the civic mission of higher education and to advancing service-learning in the New York Metro Area.
- The opportunity to participate in the Service-Learning Faculty Interest Group, a supportive network of peers designed to aid in pedagogical research development, and a shared responsibility for student learning.
- PLEASE Note: In addition to the funding mentioned above, the Colin Powell Center also offers continuation Funding. An additional $3,500 of continuation funding is available for experienced service-learning faculty fellows to assume a leadership role on campus and to contribute new knowledge to the service-learning field. Faculty Fellows must teach a service-learning course for at least two semesters before applying for additional support
Funds may be paid in cash or paid on a reimbursement of expenses basis, depending on the contract status of the faculty member. All stipends are taxable.
Course Development Workshops Service-learning Faculty Fellows will participate in a series of meetings or workshops (on or off campus) led by Colin Powell Center staff. By the end of the training period, participants will be able to:
- define relevant learning objectives for their students;
- identify best practices in creating and sustaining community partnerships;
- develop reflection activities and evaluation tools to measure the impact of service-learning; and
- construct a syllabus that integrates service-learning into the context of the course.
To receive the $2,000 stipend, faculty must
- complete all course-development workshops and activities in a timely manner and submit a course-development plan;
- teach the course with a service-learning component during at least one semester;
- participate in at least two follow-up meetings with Powell Center staff;
- meet with community partner(s) for the planned course least once prior to the start date of the course;
- Submit a reflective paper to the Powell Center’s Working Paper Series: Issues in Engaged Scholarship: An Exploration of Service-Learning, Community-Based Research and Community-Campus Collaborations.
Deadline: Fall 2011 Module: May 6, 2011
II: APPLICATION GUIDELINES
To Apply, Please download the application here.
Application components include:
A. A current syllabus for the intended service-learning course. If you are developing a new course, provide a short abstract.
B. An application cover sheet (See below).
C. Responses to each of the following questions (100-200 words each).
Completed applications should be sent to:
- Describe your interest in and experience with any form of experiential learning projects or service-learning (your own or those you’ve led for your students)?
- What course(s) do you currently teach that might be a good fit for future service-learning component?
- What student-learning outcomes (existing or new) do you plan to meet through service-learning? (Consider academic outcomes, pre-professional outcomes, civic outcomes, or personal outcomes.)
- List the types or names of community groups (e.g. nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools) with whom you plan to partner for service-learning projects, and indicate your existing relationship (if any) to these groups.
- What tasks do you expect students to perform, or what responsibilities might they assume at their service-learning site?
- How do you plan to help students connect the community experience with course content and help them effectively learn from their service experience (e.g. through class discussions, writing assignments, presentations, etc.)?
Genéa Stewart, director of service-learning and civic-engagement programs Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies The City College of New York 160 Convent Ave., Shepard Hall Room 550. New York, New York 10031
For questions or additional information, please contact Genéa Stewart (x6335) or email@example.com