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Professional Development & Awards

Welcome from our Director, Dr. Dennis McCunney

Faculty members new to service-learning or to the ECU community can hear an overview of service-learning course support services offered by our office. 

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Service-Learning Teaching Excellence Award

EDU's mission is to serve, and many of our amazing ECU faculty accomplish this mission by working with local community organizations through service-learning partnerships. These partnerships not only help students learn more effectively, but they help our partners provide better service to eastern North Carolina and beyond. For the first time this year, we are excited to be able to offer a new faculty award to recognize some of the great work being done in the community through service-learning. The Service-Learning Teaching Excellence Award recognizes an ECU faculty member for excellence in developing, implementing, and sustaining service-learning opportunities for ECU students in domestic and/or international settings. This award also includes a small award in the form of a course development grant.

This 2017-2018 winner of the Service-Learning Teaching Excellence Award is Dr. Wanda Wright. Dr. Wright is assistant professor in ECU’s school of dental medicine and division director of public health, where she works with third-year dental students to prepare them for placements at Community Service Learning Centers around North Carolina. Dr. Wright is a passionate educator and health professional, and we are thankful for her great work on behalf of ECU! 

Civic-Minded Teaching: Designing Quality Learning Experiences & Deliberative Scholarship (Apr. 4, 2018)

Whether you are just beginning or have significant experience already, come learn about ways to connect community-engaged and civic-minded teaching with your service and scholarship. The discussion will be led by two local experts and NC Campus Compact Engaged Scholars, Dr. Jacquelyn Lee and Dr. Beth Wall-Bassett. A panel of ECU faculty will also discuss their work and provide an overview of available community engagement resources on campus. Register at www.ecu.edu/ofe. 

17-18 Engaged Faculty Scholars Program

North Carolina Campus Compact has selected ECU to be the host campus for the 17-18 Engaged Faculty Scholars Program. In partnership with the Office for Faculty Excellence, CLCE will offer workshops designed to help faculty make connections between their community engagement efforts through service-learning and their published scholarship and research agendas. Details about upcoming events will be posted soon.

Service-Learning Lunch & Learn Series

New for 2016-2017, this lunch and learn series will consist of four lunch gatherings to discuss best practices in service-learning pedagogy and assessment.  Faculty leaders will present on what they have learned through leading students in service-learning courses, practicing community engagement in the classroom, and enhancing their research agendas through engaged scholarship.  Register through the Office for Faculty Excellence.  These lunch gatherings are free to a limited number of faculty and graduate student participants.  Dates: October 28, November 18, January 20, February 17.  Location: TBD.

Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Retreat, Pocosin Arts Riverside Lodge (Nov. 4-6, 2016)

You are cordially invited to participate in ECU’s fourth annual 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 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 Application (Application deadline: Mon, Sept 19, 2016)


Workshop on Integrating Service-Learning into Your Course

(Register through the Office for 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. 

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.