With thoughtful course development, your students will learn about social issues and the value of community involvement while practicing skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, working with others, and planning and implementation.
Community-based learning, or service learning, is an experiential pedagogy that combines direct service with course learning goals to meet a community-defined need. The Center for Civic Engagement provides a range of faculty resources to support the integration of community-based learning components into existing courses, including grants, training and teaching tools.
The center offers faculty curriculum development grants to support the integration of community-based learning components into existing courses and other academic community work. Grants range up to $3,500 and can support a faculty member’s time developing a course (up to $1,500), costs associated with community-based course projects, a student working with a faculty member on a community-based summer project, a speaker that focuses on social change work, or professional development opportunities. Faculty then work with center staff members to identify community partners and projects.
If you are interested in applying for a grant, submit a letter of application to Stacey Riemer at email@example.com.
Letters are received on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted.
While funding is intended to support the development of new community-based learning components in existing courses, the committee will consider support for courses that previously have included community-based learning components, if the proposal describes the ways you intend to adapt the assignments and projects.
The Center for Civic Engagement has a wealth of course development resources provided by staff with expertise in community-based teaching. Resources include: