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Faculty Fellows in Service Learning

 

 

The University of Alabama Faculty Fellows in Service Learning program is a one-year fellowship designed to accelerate the work of faculty members who are eager to develop exemplary curricular approaches to education for active and ethical citizenship, social responsibility, and engagement by applying service learning to their courses.  The program aims to intentionally and thoughtfully integrate the philosophy, pedagogy, and process of service learning into the UA academic environment.

 

The program provides a venue for faculty to design a new course or modify an existing course to include a service-learning component.  The Fellows program is structured around a year-long series of meetings (six total) designed to help faculty develop a strong background in service learning pedagogy by exploring theories, implementation, and assessment of academic service learning and how to integrate this methodology into courses across the disciplines.

 

Meet the 2010-11 Faculty Fellows and learn about their courses.

Meet the 2009-10 Faculty Fellows and learn about their courses.

Meet the 2008-09 Faculty Fellows and learn about their courses.

Meet the 2007-08 Faculty Fellows and learn about their courses.

 

 

About the program

 

Benefits of Participation:

 

For faculty members who apply and are accepted into the program, the Fellowship allows for an intellectual venue in which faculty can exchange ideas with an academically diverse group and learn from the experiences of other Fellows in the program. Faculty will leave the program with a revised course syllabus and the tools and resources needed to successfully implement a service learning course. In addition, faculty members will benefit from connections to community partners, membership in a university-wide academic service-learning network.

 

Participating faculty members will be provided with topic-specific readings and materials in advance of each workshop. Through the individual support provided by CESR staff, faculty members will have one-on-one assistance identifying additional discipline-specific resources and model courses in service learning.

 

Financially, the Fellowship also provides a modest $1,500 stipend for each faculty member to support course development and research upon completion of the program in May.  Funds can be used for teaching/research materials, hourly help by students or additional support staff, related travel, or other appropriate uses at the determination of the Fellow and his or her department head and college dean.

 

Expectations: 

 

Fellows agree to attend six seminars (three per semester) and two individual meetings with CESR’s Service-Learning Coordinators (one per semester). Faculty will work with CESR to coordinate placements, assessment, and structured reflection experience, and will commit to offering at least one service learning course within one year of completing the program. This course is expected to be maintained in the department’s curriculum as an ongoing regular course offering, not taught as a one-time course.  During implementation of the course, fellows will have the continued assistance and support of CESR’s Service-Learning Coordinators.

 

Faculty Fellows will also present their service-learning work to their department (at a faculty meeting or brown bag luncheon). Faculty Fellow alumnus may be called upon to present their experience as instructors of each developed service-learning course during the following academic year to the future Faculty Fellows in Service Learning (CESR is sensitive to faculty workloads and will respect the time commitment of faculty). We intend that Fellows will serve as an advocate and resource for service learning in their home department and provide consultation on service learning to colleagues in their home department.

 

Eligibility and Selection Process:

 

The Faculty Fellows in Service Learning program is open to all faculty involved in undergraduate teaching (tenured and tenure-track faculty, professional and administrative educational staff, and adjunct/lecturer instructors) from any department on campus. Priority will be given to undergraduate courses taught by faculty members who are new or only marginally experienced with the pedagogy of service learning. Applicants must also have approval from department chairs and college deans. Each year ten faculty members are selected for the Faculty Fellows in Service Learning Program.

 

Application Process

To apply, interested faculty members must fill out a short application and submit all supporting documents by 4:30 p.m. on June 29, 2012. Applications must also be accompanied by an agreement with the signatures of the faculty member’s department chair and college dean.

2012-2013 Faculty Fellows in Service Learning application

If you have any other questions about this program, please contact Heather Christensen at 348-6495 or hchristensen@aalan.ua.edu.