Faculty Resources for Community-Engaged Learning
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Find out more about Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) at USF
Suggested steps for developing a CEL course
If you are interested in developing or revising a community-engaged learning (CEL) course, we encourage you to follow these steps:
- Talk with your department chair to determine whether there’s a need/interest in integrating your proposed CEL course into the department curriculum.
- Review USF’s Community-Engaged Learning Dimensions and Student Learning Outcomes, which you will need to integrate into your course.
- Connect with the McCarthy Center to participate in a course consultation, CEL workshop, and/or the Community-Engaged Learning and Teaching Fellowship, described below (optional, but highly recommended).
- Draft your community-engaged learning course syllabus and proposal.
- Submit syllabus and proposal to the Community-Engaged Learning Course Review Committee via Curriculog.
Community Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) Fellowship
The McCarthy Center annually facilitates the CELT Fellowship, a faculty learning community designed to foster learning about community-engaged principles, pedagogies, and practices; cultivate supportive and reciprocal relationships with peers and community partners; facilitate critical dialogue about the nature of community engagement and social justice; and generate high-quality community-engaged learning opportunities for students. The CELT Fellowship is a year-long commitment that entails the following:
- Six 2-hour sessions that convene over consecutive weeks during fall semester
- A group community engagement or service activity
- Networking happy hour with community partners
- Three 90-minute sessions during spring semester
- Up to 40 pages of reading in advance of each fall session
- Completion of two short (2-3 page) written reflections
Creation or revision of a community-engaged course syllabus OR draft of a course proposal
Participants in the CELT Fellowship are eligible to receive up to $1000 for completion of the program and creation or revision of a community-engaged learning course syllabus. For more details about the program, including session dates and times, please contact Star Plaxton-Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional Development Resources
McCarthy Center staff members are available to meet with faculty regarding community-engaged course development, planning, implementation, and assessment. We also help faculty identify and connect with community partner organizations that align with their course content and outcomes. Contact Star Plaxton-Moore at email@example.com for more information.
Professional Development and Enrichment
We host workshops each academic year to introduce faculty to community-engaged teaching and learning. We also provide enrichment programming to allow faculty to do a deeper dive into specific aspects of community-engaged teaching and scholarship. All events are open to faculty across disciplines and are promoted broadly through campus outreach.
Faculty Development Videos
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How can community-engaged learning shape higher education?
Faculty Award for Service-Learning
The Provost’s Office presents an annual Faculty Award for Service-Learning, which “recognizes the work of full-time faculty in developing service-learning opportunities for USF students. The awardee shall be a full-time faculty member who has demonstrated a commitment to service-learning through the integration of service-learning into the curriculum; innovation in employing a reflective teaching methodology to connect community and public service experience with academic study; and demonstration of leadership that promotes service-learning on campus.”
The McCarthy Center puts forth a faculty nomination each year. If you are interested in seeking the McCarthy Center’s nomination for yourself or a colleague, please contact the McCarthy Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past recipients of the award include:
- Kathleen Coll, Politics
- Dhara Meghani, PsyD
- Paul Zeitz, Mathematics
- Hana Bottger, Architecture
- Evelyn Rodriguez, Sociology and Critical Diversity Studies
- David Holler, Rhetoric
- Helen Maniates, Teacher Education
- Kevin Lo, Organization, Leadership, and Communication
- Stephanie Sears, Sociology
- Evelyn Ho, Communication Studies
- Amie Dowling, Performing Arts and Social Justice
- Monika Hudson, Entrepreneurship
- Seth Wachtel, Architecture
- Dayle M. Smith, Management
- Linda Walsh, Nursing
- Chris Brooks, Computer Science
- Jeffrey Paris, Philosophy
- Richard Kamler, Fine Arts