How we support faculty:
We welcome your inquiries! Please contact us if you are interesting in taking advantage of any of the following resources and services:
Click on the following headings to learn more about those services!
♦ Course Design — An exceptional service-learning (SL) course will clearly and intentionally integrate the course content with meaningful service, which is emphasized with carefully designed reflection activities.
- Instructional Resources: In addition to maintaining a library collection, the OSL makes available a Faculty Guide, rich with information for faculty to reference when designing SL courses.
- Consultation: The OSL offers course design consultation to assist faculty incorporate the fundamentals of SL course design. Through this process, the OSL provides individualized consultation to help faculty develop SL courses that deepen students’ learning and implement best practices.
- In-Course Evaluation: The OSL also provides tools for faculty to measure the impact of their SL courses for students and community partners.
- Course Designation Guidance: To teach a course carrying the SL designation, faculty members must submit a proposal to the University Core Curriculum director. The OSL offers UCSL submission guidance and assistance.
♦ Community Partnership Development — To provide students with meaningful service opportunities, faculty members must first initiate and develop community partnerships.
- OSL Facilitation: The OSL helps facilitate relationships between faculty and community partners. The OSL offers partnership assistance.
- Location Map: The OSL maintains an electronic map that includes 77 community agency sites that hosted service-learning students in the past academic year. By clicking on one of the markers, the agency name, address, and a photo will be displayed. Directions are available. To contribute additional sites to the map, e-mail the Office of Service-Learning.
- Instructional Resources: The OSL compiled most of our electronic resources into a single Faculty Guide (available below), but our office is also eager to help you find any additional resources you might need. Come check out our library or call us for additional assistance!
♦ Faculty Development — The Center is dedicated to supporting faculty efforts in community-engaged teaching and research.
- Faculty Workshops: The OSL, in collaboration with the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), presents a variety of service-learning professional development programming each semester. These workshops allow experienced faculty to network and share strategies with those new to service-learning. Check out the workshop schedule.
- Campus to Community Excursion: Faculty are encouraged to join their peers on our excursion to one of our local communities so that they may become familliar with potential partners and opportunities for developing service-learning courses.
- Gaultier Faculty Fellowship: The OSL and the Office of the Provost sponsor the endowed Gaultier Faculty Fellowship to promote faculty development and scholarship.
- Community Engagement Scholar Program: The OSL facilitates a program that allows academic departments and faculty members to host undergraduate or graduate students to serve as service-learning liaisons. Learn more about how the CES program can help further your academic community engagement.
♦ Library Catalog — The Center maintains a resource collection, which is listed in the Gumberg Library catalog, as well as additional article and resource files. Contact the Center for a complete resource bibliography and specific item descriptions.
And, don't forget to check out the Faculty Guide to Service-Learning!
This guide provides information, tools, and resources to assist faculty, both the novice and the veteran, who are involved in community-engaged learning.
It's filled with important and useful information!