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