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