University of Vermont

University Communications

CUPS Office Awards Service-Learning Implementation Grants and Faculty Fellowships

Release Date: 12-08-2010

Contact: University Communications Staff
Email: newserv@uvm.edu
Phone: (802) 656-2005 FAX: (802) 656-3203

UVM faculty members are invited to apply for mini-grants of up to $1,000 to cover expenses associated with altering an existing course to include service-learning pedagogy, developing a new course involving service-learning activities, or initiating a long-term service-learning project or partnership.

Jay Ashman, Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE), Anju Dahiya and Don Ross, Plant and Soil Science; Walter Kuentzel, David Kestenbaum, and Walter Poleman, Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR), have all committed to creating new service-learning opportunities at UVM. The CUPS office is supporting the implementation of these new courses by awarding $3,750 in Fall 2010 Service-Learning Implementation Grants to these faculty members. These proposals are judged on the quality of both the projects and partnerships proposed, as well as evidence of innovation and creativity.

Six faculty members are new Service-Learning Fellows

The Faculty Fellows for Service-Learning Program recruits faculty members from across UVM to participate in a seminar each Spring on how to build service-learning pedagogy into courses. Carol Buck-Rolland, Nursing; Binta Colley, Education; David Conner, CDAE; Larry Forcier, Jed Murdoch and David Raphael, RSENR, will be participating in the spring seminars, and will join a community of over 70 trained faculty members at UVM.

Faculty members apply to the program, are given a small professional development fund, and are expected to inject service-learning into at least one of their courses after finishing the program.  In its first ten years, the program has graduated more than 70 Faculty Fellows who have gone on to teach more than 125 service-learning courses, involving more than 3,000 students.

Grants and fellowships connected to the College of Education and Social Services are being funded by a three-year grant from Learn and Serve America.

For more information about the Faculty Fellows program or Service-Learning Implementation Grants, contact the Office of Community-University Partnerships and Service-Learning: (802) 656-0095 or partnerships@uvm.edu or visit www.uvm.edu/~partners.