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Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Retreat, Pocosin Arts Riverside Lodge (2014 Dates: TBA)
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[2014 dates: TBA] You are cordially invited to participate in ECU’s inaugural Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Retreat at Pocosin Arts Riverside Lodge.  This retreat is an opportunity to learn about service-learning pedagogy and integrate it into an appropriate course in the company of friends and colleagues from a number of departments.

Research shows that high quality service-learning can deepen student learning and increase overall engagement with course content (Furco, 1996).  As such, developing strong service-learning courses is a critically important task that can have lasting impacts on faculty, students, and community partners.  This inaugural retreat will introduce faculty to service-learning theory, best practices, and assessment in a wonderfully creative environment.  The retreat will include presentations by faculty already successfully incorporating service-learning into their curriculum and profiles of community partners.  Participants will be competitively selected based on nominations from deans, directors, and department chairs.  Meals, lodging and travel in university vehicles from campus are all included.

Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Retreat Cover Letter and Application (PDF)

Workshop on Integrating Service-Learning into Your Course

Sept. 18, 2013, 2-3:30pm & February 11, 2014, 1-2:30pm
(Register through the Office of Faculty Excellence)

"Service-learning is a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities for reflection designed to achieve desired learning outcomes” (Jacoby, 1996).  Research shows that high quality service-learning can deepen student learning and increase overall engagement with course content (Furco, 1996).  As such, developing strong service-learning courses is a critically important task that can have lasting impacts on faculty, students, and community partners.  Faculty interested in submitting course proposals for consideration by the Service-Learning Committee are encouraged to attend this workshop.  Faculty should bring draft proposals to get feedback on projects, goals, requirements, and any other aspects of the proposal.  The workshop will include a brief overview of best practices within academic service-learning, highlights of service-learning theory, and short presentations by faculty already successfully incorporating service-learning into their curriculum.  This will be followed by a group work session on individual proposals.  Interested faculty members are encouraged to come with ideas, ready to work in teams, in order to prepare for the service-learning catalog designation.  Additionally, Service-Learning Committee members and Volunteer and Service-Learning Center staff are available for consultation before and after the workshop. 

Jay Smooth: "On Hip Hop, Race, and Politics: The Way We Talk About Things"

March 19, 2014 (Time & Location: TBD); Special session with faculty, co-sponsored by Ledonia Wright Cultural Center. RSVP for Jay Smooth's presentation to the campus community here.

Jay Smooth is founder and host of New York City’s longest running hip-hop radio program, WBAI’s “The Underground Railroad,” which he launched in 1991 when he was only a teenager. He is also the mastermind behind the hip hop and politically-oriented video blog “The Ill Doctrine,” (illdoctrine.com), where he serves up contemporary observation on topics of race, politics, music, and pop culture.

A leading voice in the sociopolitical realm, Smooth gained national attention with his video “How To Tell People They Sound Racist,” in which he humorously yet thoughtfully describes how to have the awkward “that-sounded-racist” conversation. In 2011, he was invited to speak at TEDx, where he encouraged the audience to stop dancing around the topic and actively embrace conversations about race.
As the son of an African American father and a white mother, Smooth credits his mixed race heritage for his “unique position to travel between different worlds.” On campus he’ll break the taboo, talk about these different worlds, and promote healthy discussion on race in America today.

Smooth entertains, challenges, and enlightens audiences with his funny, incisive perspective on music, politics, and culture, encouraging audiences to do their own critical thinking about the world, engage in conversations about cultural issues that matter, and find some common ground.

Tools of Engagement "Collaborating with Community Partners" Resource

The Tools of Engagement (ToE) -- a resource from Michigan State University -- are a series of modules designed to:


--Introduce undergraduate students to the concept of university-community engagement
--Develop their community-based research and engagement skills, and
--Assist with training the next generation of engaged scholars.

The modules encourage students to critically reflect on the content. The modules provide students with concrete examples that illustrate abstract concepts and ask students to come up with their own real-life instances. There are five modules in total, focusing on such issues as effectively working in groups, successful partnerships, negotiation techniques, and so on. These modules can be taken in consecutive or random order. Instructors can choose to integrate the modules into their coursework by presenting the material to the students during class or they can assign students to complete the modules prior to class. 

 

Anyone with an ECU email address may create an account on the Tools of Engagement website and download the modules.

 

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