University of Vermont

Office of Community-University Partnerships & Service Learning

Department Spotlight: RSENR

Exposure Level

NR 001: Natural History & Field Ecology (required) - Students assess plot data on Burlington's urban forest each year.

Capacity Building Level

Courses such as Environmental Statistics, Measurements & Mapping, GIS Practicum, Park & Recreation Design, and Forest Ecosystem Health - Students engage in more active work for community partners including designs, inventories, analyses, and maps depending on their major.

Responsibility Level

NR 206: Environmental Problem-Solving & Impact Assessment (required senior capstone) - Seniors work closely with community partners in small groups to create an MOU, produce deliverables, and to revise deliverables in response to community partner feedback. In 2013-2014, over 150 seniors worked with over 50 community partners.

Departmental Curriculum Planning

CUPS staff can help departments assess their curriculum, finding ways to include community engagement at all levels of the major. Service-learning experiences in capstone courses are strengthened by smaller-scale service-learning earlier in the major.

Service-Learning in the Curriculum: A Three-Phase Developmental Model

Four units at UVM have undergone a thorough assessment and revision of their curriculum to incorporate community engagement at all levels of study. Sequenced, developmental courses in the curriculum support students' progression in engaged learning. Funded by grants from Campus Compact and Learn & Serve America, the Engaged Department initiative institutionalized a sequenced curriculum in Community Development & Applied Economics, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Teacher Education, and the Rubenstein School for the Environment & Natural Resources.

Contact CUPS Director Susan Munkres directly to discuss curriculum planning in the department.

Last modified January 06 2015 05:50 AM