To OSU Faculty:
Academic Affairs, through the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), announces a Request for Proposals for Fall Term 2012 participation in the new Service Learning Faculty Learning Community. This will be for the design of new service-learning courses or the redesign of established undergraduate classroom courses with a substantial service-learning component. Service-Learning is a teaching strategy that integrates course content with relevant community service.
The full Request for Proposals is inserted below and attached as a PDF. The proposal submission deadline is July 2, 2012.
Faculty selected to participate will receive either overload pay or professional development funding, will participate in a CTL-facilitated faculty learning community on service learning course design and pedagogy, and will receive individual support from the CTL Service-Learning Faculty Development Coordinator.
Susie Brubaker-Cole, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Academic Success and Engagement | Director of Advising
Oregon State University
500 Kerr Administration Building
To: OSU Faculty
From: Michelle Inderbitzin, Associate Professor of Sociology and Service Learning Faculty Development Coordinator in the Center for Teaching and Learning
Susie Brubaker-Cole, Interim Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
Date: June 12, 2012
Re: Request for Proposals: Service-Learning Faculty Learning Community
The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has deemed Service-Learning a high-impact educational practice – educational activities that are linked with elevated student performance and persistence across multiple measures. Service-Learning is a teaching strategy that integrates course content with relevant community service. Through assignments and class discussions, students critically reflect on the service in order to increase their understanding of course content, gain a broader appreciation of the discipline, and enhance their sense of civic responsibility.
Academic Affairs, through the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), is offering compensation and course development support to OSU faculty for the design of new service-learning courses or the redesign of established undergraduate classroom courses with a substantial service-learning component.
Faculty participants will receive $2000 paid either as overload pay or professional development funding, will participate in a CTL-facilitated faculty learning community on effective practices in service-learning course design, and will receive individual support from the CTL Service-Learning Faculty Development Coordinator. Details are provided below.
While proposals will be accepted for all courses, priority will be granted to Bacc Core courses, large-enrollment undergraduate courses, and/or courses that serve more than one undergraduate academic program. Participation is limited to 8 faculty participants for the Fall 2012 term.
Tenured/tenure-track faculty and instructors with at least 2 years of teaching at OSU are eligible to participate. Service-learning course development proposals should be submitted by the course instructor with a supporting message from the respective academic unit head.
Academic Affairs will allocate $2000 per course to each participating faculty member who develops and delivers a service-learning course, paid either as overload pay or as professional development funds and as allowed by university policy. Overload pay will be subject to taxes and withholding.
These funds are in support of:
1 – Participation in the CTL faculty learning community focused on service-learning
course development, approximately a 30-hour commitment. This faculty learning community will share a blend of online activities and approximately five, two-hour face-to-face meetings on the Corvallis campus during the Fall 2012 term.
2 – Developing course content and working with the CTL Service-Learning Faculty Development Coordinator to (re)design and produce a new service-learning course.
3 – Sharing new course development and experience with the OSU campus in 2013.
An initial meeting between the instructor and the Service-Learning Faculty Development Coordinator will occur in September, followed by service-learning course development and participation in faculty learning community during the Fall 2012 term. The service-learning course should be offered for the first time in Winter or Spring 2013.
Instructor must fully participate in the Service-Learning faculty learning community, including completion of all online activities, assignments, and attendance at all scheduled face-to-face meetings.
Instructors will work with the CTL coordinator and their colleagues in the faculty learning community to design the service-learning course to include recognized standards of key elements and best practices in service-learning. Additionally:
- Chosen course must be readily redesigned to include a substantial service-learning component without excessive development cost.
- The instructor’s department accepts responsibility for the curriculum and quality of instruction.
- Service-learning course will be offered at least once per year.
- Service-learning course will be available to all OSU students who meet prerequisites.
Applicants are asked to submit a narrative proposal of 2 to 3 pages, which includes the following information in this order:
1. Course designator, title and credits.
2. Instructor’s contact information and rank.
3. Degree, program(s), or certificate to which this course would apply and the role/importance of this course to the program(s); and/or description of audience or express need for this course.
4. Bacc Core category (if any) of the course.
5. Current enrollment in each section of the course, and total number of sections of course offered per year.
6. Proposed terms to be taught with new service-learning components.
7. Instructor’s (or department chair’s) rationale for adding service-learning as a significant component to this specific course.
8. One paragraph of preliminary ideas for course design, potential service project and partners, and assignments for student learning and reflection.
9. One paragraph describing why the instructor is interested in participating in the service-learning faculty learning community.
10. Indication of academic unit’s approval for service-learning course development and ongoing offerings of the service-learning course. This approval can be by separate email from head of academic unit.
11. Attach a current course syllabus to the proposal.
Submission of Proposals
Submit proposals for the Service-Learning Faculty Learning Community by July 2 by email to:
Michelle Inderbitzin, Service-Learning Faculty Development Coordinator
Center for Teaching and Learning
307 Fairbanks Hall
Announcement of Award
Decisions will be announced by July 11, 2012.
Upon acceptance, an MOU will be drawn up with the academic unit for course production, use of course and materials, control and credit, distribution of supporting funds, and course delivery. Funds will be sent to the academic unit by budget transfer upon satisfactory completion of service-learning course development and all program requirements.
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