Faculty Professional Development

Upcoming Discussions and Workshops

Essentials of Service-Learning and Community Engagement Workshop
Wednesday, May 11, 1:00-4:00pm
RSVP required by April 29, 2022: https://elon.givepulse.com/survey/take/QwfJypaK0eKqmR7PBOuU
Are you interested in creating a more authentic learning experience in your course by engaging with community partners? Could the learning objectives for your course be enhanced through community engagement? This workshop is appropriate for faculty members who are developing a service-learning course, are designing a project or assignment that involves community engagement, or are curious about community-based learning pedagogies in general. The workshop will allow for interaction with experienced faculty, Kernodle Center and CATL staff members. The event can accommodate up to 20 participants who will each receive a $100 stipend.

Applications for 2022-2023 Opportunities

Academic Service-Learning Course Grants
Application Due April 15, 2022: https://elon.givepulse.com/survey/take/UIgUFEMmpdGX5xntWguT
The Kernodle Center for Civic Life and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) announce new Academic Service Learning Course Grants to support the evolution of existing courses across the disciplines into Academic Service Learning designated courses. Grants are awarded in the amount of $2,000 ($1,000 for the 2022-2023 academic year and $1,000 for the 2023-2024 academic year). The first year of the grant provides a stipend to compensate faculty for the work of incorporating service-learning pedagogy into an existing course and applying for the Academic Service Learning course designation by March 31 of that year (2023). The second year of the grant provides a stipend for launching the new Academic Service Learning designated course and assessing its effectiveness. Grant recipients will meet as a cohort approximately once a semester during the two-year grant period.

Service-Learning Faculty Scholars Program
Application Due April 15, 2022: https://elon.givepulse.com/survey/take/Gw1iIo4uwZighf7cjjez
Faculty who are interested in developing or strengthening a service-learning course are encouraged to participate in the Service-Learning Faculty Scholars program. Scholars are expected to participate in the Essentials of Service-Learning and Community Engagement Workshop on May 11 and attend four follow-up luncheon meetings with the Faculty Fellow for Service-Learning and Community Engagement, Phillip Motley, during the next academic year. Six faculty members will be selected for the program and will receive a $1000 stipend.

Community-Based Learning Research Scholar
Application due April 15, 2022: https://elon.givepulse.com/survey/take/XXKor3aOg5o2Yrbgi6Lp
The Community-Based Learning Research Scholar Program is designed to assist an individual faculty member well-versed in the pedagogies of service-learning and community engagement and who would like to explore a community-based learning research project. The faculty member selected to serve as the Community-Based Learning Research Scholar will be required to meet regularly with the Faculty Fellow for Service-Learning and Community Engagement, Phillip Motley, and produce a report on specific outcomes of the research conducted. A $1500 stipend will be awarded to the recipient.

Communities of Practice
Application due May 15, 2022: https://elon.givepulse.com/survey/take/xk5fkKhJqWF6bNmJHNbD
A community of practice is an opportunity for faculty to gather monthly during the academic year and intentionally learn from and share practices and ideas with each other.  

2022-2023 Communities of Practice
Community Engagement in First-Year Writing (ENG1100) Community of Practice – Dr. Heather Lindenman
In 2022-23, the Kernodle Center for Civic Life, First-Year Foundations, and English Department will co-sponsor a Community of Practice focused on integrating service-learning or community engagement into ENG1100 (Writing: Argument and Inquiry) courses. Community engagement can support writing pedagogy in many ways: by fostering an understanding of audience, raising the stakes of written products, and providing real-world contexts for writing, among others. Service-learning approaches to writing can teach the importance of reciprocity, revision, and seeing from multiple perspectives, as well as transferable writing practices. This CoP will be led by Heather Lindenman, Associate Professor English. Faculty who teach in the ENG1100 program are invited to join this CoP to develop a community-engaged module or component for a future ENG1100 course. In the first half of the Fall 2022 semester, faculty will read literature about and discuss the variety of approaches to community engagement in first-year writing. In the second half, faculty will develop community-engaged projects to integrate into their own future ENG1100 courses. Faculty will be encouraged to develop projects that support their existing interests and pedagogical goals. Four faculty members will be selected for this Community of Practice and will receive a $200 stipend.

Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement Community of Practice – Dr. Alexa Darby
The Kernodle Center for Civic Life will sponsor a Community of Practice with a focus on conducting research on service-learning and community engagement for the 2022-2023 academic year. Many faculty and staff conduct service-learning and community engagement at Elon, and this CoP will support us in bringing research to our practice. The goals of this CoP are to review the literature on a service-learning or community engagement topic, develop a research area of study, develop and conduct the study, analyze the data, and write a manuscript to submit for publication. If participants are not able to complete all these steps during the academic year, the CoP will continue to facilitate the research group beyond these sessions. The CoP will be led by Alexa Darby, Professor of Psychology. We will meet three times in Fall 2022 and three times in Spring 2023. Meetings will involve discussing literature in the field and identifying gaps in existing research, exploring the process of conducting research in this area, and facilitating working sessions. Faculty and staff at all levels and stages are welcome to participate in this CoP. Four faculty members will be selected for this Community of Practice and will receive a $300 stipend.

Community Partnership Initiative Grants

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 Bob Frigo for more information.

Click here for the Community Partnerships Grant Application.
Click here for the Community Partnerships Rolling Grant Application.

Instruct an Academic Service-Learning Course

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. Click here for more information about the ASL process.

Service-Learning Faculty Scholars Program

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.

Service-Learning and Community Engagement Lunch and Learn Discussions

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 discussions 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.