Faculty Development

Upcoming Discussions and Workshops

Community-Based Learning Faculty Meetup: Best Practices from Across the Disciplines
Thursday, February 22, 4:30-6:00pm, Oak House
Would you like to incorporate community-based learning into one of your courses? Do you have questions about how this pedagogy works? Join this informal event and hear how these experienced colleagues use this approach in a wide variety of disciplines.
– Kelsey Bitting, Environmental Studies
– Sirena Hargrove-Leak, Engineering
– Heather Lindenman, English
– Mary Knight-McKenna, Education
– Bud Warner, Human Service Studies

Campus-Community Networking Hour
Thursday, April 18, 4:30-5:30pm, Johnston Hall
RSVP by April 12https://elon.givepulse.com/event/425985-Campus-Community-Networking-Hour
This event is designed to provide faculty and staff with an opportunity to meet with partner organizations from across Alamance County who are interested in collaborating. Faculty who would like to work with community partners for fall semester classes are highly encouraged to attend, as are staff who would like to develop departmental collaborations with local partners. Participants will explore possibilities with nonprofit leaders and staff over hors d’oeuvres and leave with valuable connections for future partnerships.

Essentials of Community-Based Learning Workshop 
Tuesday, May 14, 2:30-5:00pm
RSVP by May 1https://elon.givepulse.com/survey/take/zfMVXHe7u3jQDK62HnxS
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 Have you ever wondered how community-based learning works and why reflection is central to that pedagogy? This workshop is appropriate for faculty members who are developing a community-based 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 for Civic Life and CATL staff members. The event can accommodate up to 20 participants who will each receive a $100 stipend.

Applications for 2024-2025 Opportunities

Community-Based Learning Faculty Scholars Program
Application Due April 15, 2024https://elon.givepulse.com/survey/take/kVOLui4QIudrHzVWwUql
Faculty who are interested in developing or strengthening a Community-Based Learning (formerly Academic Service-Learning) course are encouraged to participate in the Community-Based Learning Faculty Scholars program. Scholars are expected to participate in the Essentials of Community-Based Learning Workshop in May and attend four follow-up luncheon meetings with the Faculty Fellow for Community-Based Learning, 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 Course Development Grants
Application Due April 15, 2024: https://elon.givepulse.com/survey/take/aAoK3zry7F4Mt3eulbVl
The Kernodle Center for Civic Life and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) offer Community-Based Learning Course Development Grants to support the evolution of existing courses across the disciplines into Community-Based Learning designated courses. Grants are awarded in the amount of $2,000 ($1,000 for the 2024-2025 academic year and $1,000 for the 2025-2026 academic year). The first year of the grant provides a stipend to compensate faculty for the work of incorporating community-based learning pedagogy into an existing course and applying for the Community-Based Learning course designation by March 31. The second year of the grant provides a stipend for launching the new Community-Based Learning designated course and assessing its effectiveness. Grant recipients will meet as a cohort approximately once a semester during the two-year grant period.

Community-Based Learning Research Scholar
Application due April 15, 2024: https://elon.givepulse.com/survey/take/UzPUCJZcJyZp2w1XcWlw
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 Community-Based Learning, Phillip Motley, and produce a report on specific outcomes of the research conducted. A $1500 stipend will be awarded to the recipient.

Community Partnerships 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 Initiative Faculty Grant Application