Faculty Fellows for Community-Engaged Learning
Since 1999, CELO has trained more than 200 faculty members in service-learning pedagogy and related community engagement.
Our Faculty Fellows for Community-Engaged Learning program has trained more than 200 faculty from every school/college in community-engaged learning best practices. Currently, our Fellows program welcomes a cohort of 6-10 faculty each year to a series of 2 workshops and 4 lunches in the winter and spring. Faculty dive into the practice and pedagogy of community engagement, read and critically reflect on key resources, and complete the Fellows training having developed an SL course (or course component) with peer support and direct mentoring. Faculty from all units — and at all ranks — are encouraged to apply, including lecturers; preference is given to applicants who have a specific course in mind for development as community-engaged learning. Applications are due mid-November each year.
Faculty Fellows Curriculum
- December Lunch: Project Conceptualization – Identifying Hopes, Goals, Capacity and Constraints
- January Workshop: Project and Partnership Development
- February Lunch: Communicating SL to Students and Partners
- March Lunch: Preparation and Reflection
- April Lunch: Project Management and Communication
- May Workshop: Culminating Reflection and Assessment
We offer workshops for faculty, both beginning and advanced, as well as for departments and other academic units. We are happy to tailor a workshop to a group's needs, and will also gladly do visits and in-course workshops for students once a course is established. (Learn more about these and other in-course supports).
Possible workshop topics include:
- SL Basics
- Critical Reflection
- Transferable Skills Gained & Developed in Service-Learning
- Approaches to Community Engagement
- Building Effective, Reciprocal Community Partnerships
- Community-Based Research & Engaged Teaching
- Service-Learning & Sustainability (SL/SU Courses)
Consultation with CELO Staff
Our work is to support faculty; we can meet individually at your convenience about service-learning project design, partnership development, community-engaged teaching – or just brainstorming possibilities. We will review syllabi, suggest resources, run plausible scenarios, find examples in your discipline – you name it. This is often our favorite activity: we get to help imagine exciting pedagogical opportunities, without having to do the subsequent hard work of nailing it down and then grading the student work.
We convene groups of faculty and staff around specific issue areas to develop new and interrelated opportunities for UVM students to engage with the community as part of their academic experience.
We are also happy to talk with groups of faculty — with shared interests or within a department or program — about our services, collaborations, partnerships, and other opportunities.