The Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement offers several programs and opportunities for Elon faculty to develop teaching and mentoring skills through service.
In collaboration with the Academic Service-Learning Faculty Fellow, the Kernodle Center supports faculty in continuing the conversation of civic engagement across campus and disciplines. These monthly brown bag lunch sessions often bring together faculty from across campus and departments to discuss current trends and issues of service-learning and fostering civic engagement. Examples of topics include international service-learning, social activism, reflection, community-based research, and more.
Through funding from the Frueauff Foundation, these mini-grants provide teams of faculty, students, and community agencies financial support to launch collaborative projects. These collaborative grants will support the development of new programs, increase the effectiveness of current programs, provide opportunities for innovative research and assessment that address the root causes of problems such as homelessness and domestic violence, and support community groups in strategic planning and problem solving. Contact Mary Morrison
for more information.
Spend time with students outside of academic classes by serving as an advisor to an alternative break trip. An advisor should be a mentor and an equal participant in the experience. They should understand the mission of the group, and share the goals of the coordinators, the Kernodle Center, and the group. All expenses of the trip are covered with the exception of personal expenditures (snacks at a gas station, etc.). The Kernodle Center sponsors trips during Fall Break, Fake Break, Spring Break and Summer Break. Contact Evan Small
for more information.
Service-learning not only fulfills Elon’s historic mission, but it directly benefits concepts woven throughout the university’s strategic plan. Teaching and advising, research and scholarship, outreach and community can all be enhanced through student and faculty involvement in service-learning. View more faculty benefits of service-learning
CELEBRATE! Student Achievement & SURF (Spring Undergraduate Research Forum)
CELEBRATE! week, held annually in April, offers many opportunities for students to showcase their work in service-learning. As part of CELEBRATE!, the ASL Faculty Advisory Committee hosts a session at SURF during which students make presentations about their ASL experiences. SURF participants must submit proposals with the support of a faculty member who served as the student’s mentor in the project. If you have a student in an ASL course you believe would benefit from presenting during CELEBRATE! week and SURF, please encourage them to submit their projects.
This program identifies and recognizes faculty who are interested in incorporating or enhancing service-learning in their courses and seek to better understand the pedagogy. Faculty members apply for the program by identifying a particular course that they would like to revise to include a service-learning component. Read more about the Service-Learning Faculty Scholars Program.