Faculty Support for Community-Engaged Learning
The following resources and support are available to faculty interested in integrating community-engaged learning into new or existing courses at St. John Fisher College.
Faculty Fellow Stipend
Stipends for course development is available depending on factors like newness of course, community partners, and number of faculty who have applied.
Lynn Donahue can facilitate the development of community partners, the creation of projects, and the development of a work plan and timeline in collaboration with the partner and course instructor. The instructor will then maintain communication with their partner during the semester. Partners can be developed on your own if they meet the community-engaged learning criteria.
Lynn Donahue can provide consultation on creating service projects, modifying syllabus, and developing reflection exercises, assignments, and assessments. Mid-point and post-semester consultation is available.
One three-hour training seminar prior to the participating semester is provided and is required for stipend recipients and is optional, but suggested, for all others. Mid-semester workshops are often provided on topics of interest to service-learning faculty.
An Introduction to Community-Engaged Learning PowerPoint should be shown to all students to orient them to definitions, expectations, and safety at the beginning of the semester. If requested, in-class student orientation can be provided by Lynn Donahue.
Sample books, example syllabi, tools, pedagogy, and assessment strategies, and community partner literature are available for "check-out" from Library 104.
Assessment support of course outcomes through Student, Faculty, and Community Impact Assessments is available. A Qualtrics online Faculty and Community Partner Impact Assessment will be distributed (the link) at the conclusion of the semester. Results will be shared with participating faculty upon request.
Promotion and Recognition
All community-engaged learning courses are given a special attribute on the registration page for searching. Civic Engagement Awards and year-end celebration recognizes the accomplishments of students, faculty, and community partners through civic engagement.
Documents and Resources for Faculty
How-to Manual and Presentations
- Orientation to Community-Engaged Learning [pdf]
- Faculty Manual [pdf]
- Developing Reciprocally Beneficial Community Partners
Funds and Applications
- PSJS 250 - Social Change Through Service Course Website (assignments, readings, and online resources on poverty, cultural competency, ethics, etc.)
- Common Reflection Assignment [pdf]
- Faculty Impact Assessment