College Curriculum Committee

The College Curriculum Committee (CCC) is tasked with approving proposals for new academic programs, changes to existing academic programs, and course designations for Community Engaged Learning and Cultural Diversity courses.

Note: The Service Learning (SL) graduation requirement and designation will be changing in Fall 2019 to Community Engaged Learning (CEL). At that time, the CCC will no longer be responsible for reviewing courses seeking CEL designation; that role will be taken over by a separate, university-wide CEL Committee. Faculty developing proposals for CEL-designated courses in the Spring 2019 semester should build the course and syllabus around the new CEL learning outcomes and dimensions, posted below. Please contact the CCC co-chairs for further details and resources for developing CEL courses.

Community Engaged Learning (CEL) outcomes

Consistent with USF's mission and vision, and the essential dimensions of community-engaged learning, the following learning outcomes should be integrated into the course:

  • Analyze the dynamics, strengths, and priorities of a group, community, or environment with which students engage.
  • Examine an environmental or social justice issue, including its root causes, impacts, intersections with other issues, and possible solutions.
  • Analyze one’s own and others’ beliefs, values, social identities, and world views and their implications for how one defines and contributes to the common good.

CEL courses should also address the following key dimensions:

  • Purpose: 
    • Develop students' knowledge and concern about communities and environments most affected by injustice, and prepare them to lead lives committed to equity and social justice.  
    • Contribute to the common good by building the capacity of individuals and organizations to address community-identified priorities and desires.  
  • Relationships:
    • Foster reciprocal and authentic relationships that honor community partners as co-educators.  
    • Reflect shared leadership and solidarity with community over mere transactional relationships.
    • Integrate sustained community relationships, ongoing communication, shared expectations, and plans for addressing interpersonal and institutional challenges. 
  • Process: 
    • Draw upon student and community voices to shape the course's learning and engagement activities.
    • Integrate guided critical reflection before, during and after engagement to help students make meaning of intersections between academic knowledge, civic engagement, and understanding of diversity, positionality, and power.
    • Include formative and summative assessment of student learning and community outcomes to improve current and future community engagement. 
  • Forms:
    • Frame the course in terms of known pedagogical models including service-learning, participatory and community based research, internship, field experience, or immersion.
    • Demonstrate a public purpose, a vision of social justice and equity, shared interests of community members, and transformational learning experiences for students.
    • Reflect a commitment to equitable community engagement in both course content and pedagogy.
    • Prioritize the quality of the community experience over quantity of hours, but aim for a minimum of 20 hours of engagement. 


Meeting Schedule and Submissions

The CCC reviews program and course proposals only after they have been approved by the Area Associate Dean. Many proposals require revision prior to Area AD approval. Faculty are therefore strongly encouraged to submit program and course proposals on Curriculog at least 4 weeks prior to the CCC date on which they wish their proposal to be reviewed by the CCC.

Past agendas can be viewed on Curriculog (in the agenda archive) and current agendas can be viewed in Curriculog (in agendas).

spring 2019 meeting dates

  • January 29
  • February 12
  • February 26
  • March 19
  • March 26
  • April 9
  • April 23
  • May 7


Elected Members

Ryan West (Co-Chair), Professor, Chemistry (through Spring 2020)

Michelle LaVigne, Professor, Rhetoric & Language (through Spring 2020; on leave Spring 2019)

Zifei Fay Chen, Professor, Communication Studies (through Fall 2021)

Nicole Thometz, Professor, Biology (through Spring 2021)

Stephanie Vandrick, Professor, Rhetoric & Language (through Spring 2021)

Appointed Members

Joshua Gamson (Co-Chair), Academic Assistant Dean

Eileen Fung, Associate Dean of Arts & Humanities

Catherine Lusheck, Professor, Art + Architecture (through Fall 2019)

Pamela Balls Organista, Associate Dean of Social Sciences

Christina Tzagarakis-Foster, Associate Dean of Sciences

Committee Staff

Alexander Archer, Assistant University Registrar

Marvella Luey, Assistant Dean, Academic & Faculty Services

Andrea Hendrickson, Committee Administrative Support


Please contact Joshua Gamson