Individual Course Designation

Request for Proposal (RFP)

Program Description

The Service-Learning Grant & Designation (SLG&D) program supports faculty who engage in high-impact pedagogies, specifically service-learning. The SLG&D program also functions on a larger level to create engaged departments/programs. The program is open to faculty who are designating for the first time as well as faculty who have previously designated but would like to revamp elements of their service-learning class.

Service-learning is a high-impact practice that enhances course learning outcomes and student engagement while also addressing community-identified needs. Service-learning incorporates critical reflective thinking and civic engagement into academic coursework by means of integrating service opportunities with nonprofits, governmental, and/or educational community partners. Service-learning involves students in activities that attend to local needs and social issues while developing their academic skills, increasing their subject matter knowledge, and commitment to their communities.

The goals of the SLG&D program are to:

  • Engage and retain students through high-impact practices.
  • Allow innovative practitioners to develop service-learning courses as a way of teaching and learning that leverages "community-based public problem solving that not only generates new knowledge and higher order cognitive outcomes, but develops the civic skills of critical thinking, public deliberation, collective action and social ethics" (Saltmarsh, 2002, p. viii).
  • Support faculty with professional development opportunities and funding.
  • Foster mutually beneficial and sustainable college-community partnerships.
  • Support the implementation of SLCC’s Civic Literacy Student Learning Outcome.

Guidelines

Eligible Applicants

  • The SLG&D program is open to individual full-time and adjunct faculty members in all departments/programs.

Supported Projects

Department/Division Chairs/Associate Deans must be aware of and supportive of the designation.

  • New Service-learning course development

    Faculty restructure the pedagogy of an existing SLCC course that is not currently utilizing service-learning (i.e. civic/community engagement is not a focus or not formalized). Full- time faculty receive $1000. Note that programs that contain a course and clinical component are eligible for $1,000 for the course and may be eligible for up to $500 for clinical. *

  • Modification of an existing service-learning course

    Instructors who have already designated their course can benefit from additional support to refresh the service-learning experience. To be eligible for a modification grant, faculty must have taught the course with service-learning for at least four semesters prior to re-applying. Full-time Faculty receive $500.

* New adjunct faculty are required to take the Service-Learning Professional Development Series (SLPDS) and will get paid for time spent participating in the course and in mentoring. During the course, faculty will create content for a SLG&D proposal, which they can then submit for approval.  If the course is approved, faculty receive the designation but not additional pay.

Processes for Individual Service-Learning Designation

  1. Course already approved through established SLCC course curriculum approval processes
  2. Faculty member develops an integrated service-learning proposal

    (All faculty should notify administration prior to creating a proposal to ensure compliance with HR policies and especially HR part-time instructional hours and overload)

  3. Faculty requesting approval receives signatures from Department/Division Chair/Associate Dean
  4. Faculty member submits proposal to the SLG&D Review Committee
  5. Designated classes forwarded to Department/Division Chair/Associate Dean for notification
  6. The Engaged Learning Coordinator notifies Curriculum Committee and coordinates Banner tagging
  7. Each year faculty meets with the Engaged Learning Coordinator and submits an updated syllabus

Evaluation Criteria & Procedure

The SLG&D committee reviews all course proposals competitively and judges them using the evaluation rubric. Proposals must generally fall in the medium or high impact categories on the rubric to be approved. Funding for proposals based on budget availability. The SLG&D review committee is comprised of service-learning practitioners, community partner representatives, and staff who have knowledge of service-learning pedagogy.