Community-University Partnerships & Service Learning
How can the CUPS office help UVM Faculty & Staff?
- Community-Based Education and
- Service-Learning Theory
- Faculty Fellows for Service-Learning Program
- Supporting Service-Learning Courses
- Service-Learning Course Designation
- Service-Learning Teaching Assistant Program
- Service-Learning Theory
Projects & Community Partnerships
& Professional Development
- Scholarship and Publishing
- Guides and Resources
One of the main functions of the Office for Community-University Partnerships and Service-Learning is to facilitate training and education about service-learning pedagogy. If you have questions about service-learning, or would like to know if your course qualifies as a service-learning course, contact our office. CUPS staff members are also available for classroom visits and service-learning workshops for students, community members, faculty, and staff.
For examples of service-learning resources, click here.
Faculty Fellows for Service-Learning Program
This program is offered every winter for faculty members who are interested in exploring service-learning or formalizing their efforts. Fellows recieve training and support from CUPS Staff, both during this intensive series of workshops, and throughout the year.
Supporting Service-Learning Courses
Service-Learning Course Designation
The major goal of identifying and publicizing a standard set of criteria for "service-learning" courses is to clarify communications with students, faculty, staff, and community members regarding the meaning of "service-learning" designation. Such clearly defined designation may also help in assessment and monitoring activities, illustrating standards and best practices of service-learning, highlighting special characteristics of certain curricular activities, and public relations.
Service-Learning Teaching Assistant Program
This program is designed to provide faculty and their community partners with support for service-learning courses, and to provide UVM students with training and skills in service-learning pedagogy and college teaching. Students who serve as Service-Learning Teaching Assistants are offered a range of compensation options, from academic credit, work-study funding (if eligible), or a stipend.
If you are looking for individual or group, short-term or long-term service-learning project for a course, call to speak with a member of our staff about local organizations and programs that may be an appropriate match. (Contact Information) This office can also provide you with the tools necessary to make these partnerships meaningful and productive. See our trainings, events, and resources, or sign up to receive our E-Newsletter.
Visit our events and training calendar for opportunities to learn more about community-based teaching, learning, and research.
See a list of the other faculty development offices at the University of Vermont.
The CUPS office coordinates an Implementation Grant to support faculty who are planning and implementing service-learning courses. Other opportunities for Financial Support from the CUPS Office may be available as well, including covering the cost of attending Service-Learning or Community-Based Research conferences/ workshops off-campus. In addition, the Faculty Fellows for Service-Learning program provides stipends to participating faculty that may be used to further their professional development.
Resources for linking your community engagement work to opportunities for scholarship and publishing:
- Scholarship of Engagement: www.scholarshipofengagement.com
A website dedicated to supporting faculty who pursue community-engaged scholarship. Home of the National Review Board for the Scholarship of Engagement that provides external peer review and evaluation of faculty's scholarship of engagement. Link to external reviewers, mentors, support programs, and resources.
- AT UVM: In 2004, a committee reviewed the promotion and tenure guidelines of the university. They highlighted and adjusted language to reflect the inclusion of engaged scholarship. For a copy of this language, please contact the CUPS Office.
- Scholarly Publishing Outlets: A list of publishing outlets for service-learning and community-based research is maintained on the Campus Compact website.
- AT UVM: Contact the CUPS Office to learn about on-campus support. We keep a binder of samples of faculty publications relating to their community engagement in our resource library at 409 Billings.
A network of practitioners engaged in community-based research. Page includes resources, scholarly articles, grant opportunities, and networking possibilities.
Please see our resources page.
Last modified February 11 2013 03:49 PM