Virtual Faculty Handbook
- Meet with staff of the Office of Service-Learning to determine the type of project and potential community partners. During this time, faculty will receive an orientation to what service-learning is specific to Stockton, and will receive potential syllabii and any data connected to previous offerings of the course or similar course.
- Make contact with the community partner and discuss the potential project. It is important that all projects are reciprocal for community partners and not a way to integrate essential learning outcomes. Projects should not be a burden to community partners and community partners should be considered co-educators in any service-learning course.
- Finalize the syllabus and project plan. Meet again with the staff of the Office of Service-Learning to review it and consider any needs that will be supported by the office, such as transportation, space requests, or the support of a Bonner Leader.
- Request that the SLRN attribute be added in Banner to the course, designating it a service-learning course. These requests can be made to the Assistant Deans of the relevant school.
- It is recommended that during the first semester that service-learning is taught that additional communication be made with staff from the Office of Service-Learning. This can be email check-ins or stops by the office. This helps to ensure that any challenges are addressed and any successes are celebrated.
- Attending the Faculty/Community Partner Reflection Luncheon at the end of the semester is always recommended. This provides a chance for the new (or veteran) service-learning faculty member to assess their experience and consider whether any changes are warranted. This is also a time to hear from the community partner about their experience and to connect with additional community partners.
Additional Resources for Faculty
There are a number of excellent resources for faculty seeking to incorporate service-learning into their academic courses. These Web sites provide further information on service-learning and civic engagement, and many offer sample course syllabi.
- Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U): Civic Engagement
- Big Dummy's Guide to Service-Learning
- Campus Compact
- Center for Community Partnerships at Penn
- Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
- Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS)
- Educators for Community Engagement (formerly Invisible College)
- National Service-Learning Clearinghouse: Higher Education SL
- National Service Resource Center
- National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE)
- The Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America (Harvard project)
Service-Learning Publishing Outlets
- Archie Bunker's Neighborhood (45-90 mins.): raises awareness of prejudice & social justice issues
- Culture Matters Workbook: used by the Peace Corps to prepare volunteers for working in multicultural environments
- Models of Reflection (University of Brighton, UK)
- Reflection Questions (MIT)
- Reflection Statement (Roger Williams Univ. - Feinstein Center)
- Reflective Journals (Boise State University)
- Service-Learning Action Plan/Portfolio (Delta Sierra Region Six SL Programs): can be adapted for any course or age group
- What? So What? Now What? Model of Reflection (Tidewater Community College)
Other Links of Interest
- AACU's Horizons Service-Learning Project (community colleges)
- American Democracy Project (AASCU)
- American Council on Education (ACE)
- American Humanics, Inc.
- Campus Compact: Service-Learning Syllabi
- Center for Civic Participation (CCP)
- CIRCLE: Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement
- The Co-Intelligence Institute
- Diversity Web
- Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC)
- Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University (Canada) (a great resource for open journal systems - that means FREE access to all content online!)
Questions about service-learning?
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