2017 Service-Learning Faculty Fellowship
Join the hundreds of faculty who have participated in the Western New York Service-Learning Coalition (WNYSLC) Faculty Fellowship program to engage over 10,000 students in community-based learning.
2017 Service-Learning Faculty Fellowship:
Date: Tuesday, May 23, & Wednesday, May 24. Fellows must attend both days of training.
Time: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. both days.
Location: Erie County Community College North.
Service-Learning Faculty Fellows will acquire an in-depth understanding of service-learning pedagogy through an intensive two-day training program facilitated by nationally recognized experts, and will be supported through the process of converting an existing course or creating a new course which incorporated service-learning.
Research demonstrates that connecting the classroom to the community through service learning is an effective pedagogical strategy. College students who participate in civic engagement learning activities not only earn higher grade point averages, but also have higher retention rates and are more likely to complete their college degree. They also demonstrate improved academic content knowledge, critical thinking skills, written, and verbal communication and leadership skills. Learn the skills and techniques necessary to incorporate this effective teaching methodology.
The Service-Learning Faculty Fellowship Program is an initiative of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center and the WNYSLC. Niagara University both houses and is a member of the WNYSLC which is a consortium of local colleges, universities, and community organizations that is committed to sharing resources, knowledge, and practices related to service-learning in an effort to strengthen campus-community partnerships and promote student engagement in the community.
Fellowships are open to all faculty and staff, from any department at a WNYSLC member institution, including:
- Daemen College
- Erie Community College
- Hilbert College
- Medaille College
- Niagara County Community College
- Niagara University
- SUNY Buffalo State College
- SUNY Fredonia
- Trocaire College
- University at Buffalo
Faculty Fellowships are also open to individuals from non-member institutions. Applications may be submitted by individual faculty, by teams of faculty, or by departments interested in team-teaching or interdisciplinary collaborations. The proposed course must be taught in the 2017-2018 academic year.
Faculty Fellows Will Be Provided
- Professional service-learning and course conversion training and support;
- Assistance in identifying partner community groups or agencies, and the opportunity to meet and converse with representatives from community organizations.
Expectations of Faculty Fellows
- Participate in both days of the Service-Learning Faculty Fellowship training;
- Design a new course or modify an existing course to include a service-learning component;
- Identify service-learning partner community organization(s) and meet with partner(s) to plan project and share service-learning objectives (e.g. syllabus);
- Teach the service-learning course during the 2017-2018 academic year;
- Participate in the evaluation and assessment of the students and partnerships;
- Share student reflections and feedback, if appropriate;
- Attend follow-up Faculty Fellow sessions as necessary;
- Maintain involvement in campus community engagement initiatives and WNYSLC.
Do you have questions, or would you like more information?
Contact Dr. Marilynn Fleckenstein, WNYSLC director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716.286.8573.