The Faculty Fellows Seminar on Service-Learning and Engaged Scholarship at Loyola is an opportunity to learn about service-learning pedagogy and integrate it into an appropriate course in the company of friends and colleagues from a number of departments. It is also an opportunity to learn about other types of engaged scholarship in addition to service-learning.
- investigate the theories and models of learning behind service-learning;
- discover how others have successfully integrated service-learning into their own disciplines and courses at Loyola and at colleges and universities nationally and internationally;
- explore syllabi and principles of good practice by prominent leaders in their fields and academe;
- provide and receive feedback on course development in interactive small groups;
- engage in a comprehensive look at structured reflection and its role in integrating diverse forms of learning;
- meet community partners and explore reciprocal partnerships;
- inquire into methodologies of assessment and evaluation;
- review the ‘nuts and bolts’ of teaching service-learning courses at Loyola;
- learn about various forms of engaged scholarship in addition to service-learning; and
- integrate service-learning into one of their courses so that they comply with Loyola’s service-learning definition and course criteria for best practices (i.e., for successful designation as service-learning courses following the seminar).
2016 Seminar Meeting Times and Dates (May 16-19 and Aug. 30)
Fellows meet together at the end of spring semester during the week prior to Commencement (May 16-19) for three half-days and one full-day, and reconvene at the end of summer on Aug. 30 for one full-day seminar. Half-day seminars (May 16th, 17th, 19th) begin at 9am and end at 12 noon, with the exception of the 19th, which ends with a luncheon from 12:30-1:30. Full-day seminars (Wednesday, May 18th, and August 30th) begin at 9am and end at 3pm. Breakfast is provided on all days, and lunch is provided for the two full-day seminars.
Seminar Readings and Integration Project
Fellows receive a complimentary set of readings, which serve to guide seminar conversations and individual inquiry. In addition, each Fellow commits to:
- Integrating service-learning into one course and teaching it once during the coming year
- Serving as a departmental mentor and advocate for service-learning
Following the week of May 16-19, Fellows have the rest of the summer to work individually on their service-learning Integration Projects. During the last seminar meeting at the end of August, Fellows present their service-learning courses and syllabi to one another and invite constructive review and feedback from their colleagues in the seminar.
Among other things, the Integration Project requires Fellows to understand basic criteria for service-learning courses, select an appropriate course, develop learning objectives for service-learning in the course, identify appropriate community partners (agencies, schools, businesses) and integrate service-learning (including structured reflection, evaluation and assessment procedures) into the syllabus. Kate Figiel-Miller and Robin Crews are happy to assist Fellows in their efforts over the summer and during the academic year.
Who is Eligible
Continuing, full-time faculty are eligible. Faculty may only participate once in the seminar. Faculty who have received a service-learning course development grant are ineligible. The seminar is limited to 15 Fellows. Usually several faculty from neighboring universities are invited as guest fellows, if space is available.
Signed registration forms are due by Friday, January 22, 2016 and may be sent electronically or through campus mail to Robin Crews in CCSJ.
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Director of Service-Learning