Call for Service-Learning 2014-2015 Classes: Deadline March 15
PARTNERS is now accepting proposals from part-time and full-time faculty who are interested in implementing service-learning into one or more class during the 2014-2015 academic year. All faculty who are interested in using service-learning in the classroom are encouraged to submit a proposal. Proposals for fall 2014 and spring 2015 classes should be submitted by March 15. Submitting a proposal is as simple as sending a brief email to the Service Learning Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your idea. Please include the name of your class and any details. You don't need to have a community agency or service opportunity in mind to propose an idea. In fact, the best place to begin brainstorming about service-learning projects is to start with a learning objective, skill, competence, or theme that might be more effectively taught and learned if combined with a real-world application.
PARTNERS is a service-learning initiative that enriches educational experiences by connecting academic learning and meaningful community service. PARTNERS brings together students, faculty and communities in mutually beneficial partnerships to solve shared problems and foster civic engagement.
Why Get Involved?
Service‐learning provides a number of tangible benefits for faculty, staff, and college administrators:
- Service-learning provides an intentional strategy for addressing institutional goals for student learning, career, and personal development.
- Service-learning can increase faculty levels of engagement, leadership capacity, and satisfaction with their work.
- Implementing service-learning projects provides a way to revitalize frequently taught courses and reinforce learning objectives.
- Participation in PARTNERS provides a formal avenue for the recognition of teaching excellence and opportunities for additional compensation.
- Service-learning can cultivate connections between the college, other schools, civic organizations and other community groups.
Training, Resources and Assistance for Faculty
Faculty who are currently participating and those interested in participating in PARTNERS will find wealth of resources on the PVCC Intranet including:
- Descriptions of PARNTERS service-learning implementations.
- Instructions for how to propose a PARTNERS class.
- Information and assistance on negotiating a partnership with a community organization.
- Resources for implementing service-learning into the curriculum and designing syllabi.
- Service-learning agreements, participant evaluations, and other forms.
- Research on service-learning pedagogy.
- Information about training and consultation services.
- Much, much more.