The Service Learning Program invites applicants for its ninth round of Faculty Course Development Grants. The Grants are for faculty interested in creating and teaching a Service Learning course in the 2020-2021 academic year. The $2,000 grants will be awarded to faculty on a competitive basis and are intended to underwrite the cost of preparing a new “SL” designated course, participating in professional development workshops, undergoing an assessment of the course, and volunteering at least 10 hours alongside the students in the class.
The selected faculty receive $500 at the end of the Fall 2019 Semester and the remaining $1,500 after they have completed the final assessment of their course. Because the Service Learning Program wants to ensure the highest quality of student experience, courses that receive an “SL” designation will only be taught by the faculty who receive a Course Development Grant. The Service Learning Program intends to solicit applications each spring for faculty who want to teach “SL” designated courses.
In order to ensure a high quality experience for all students, we must intentionally develop the competency of at least 20% of our faculty to teach Service Learning courses so that the quality, quantity, and diversity of courses are offered to guarantee that all students can enroll in the kind of Service Learning course that matters most to their course of study.
1. Have a conversation with either Dr. Blosser or Dr. Kozma about your course idea. You must have first talked with them before you can apply. They are also happy to read and edit your application before you submit it.
2. Look at the Definition of Service Learning at High Point University and the Guidelines for Service Learning Courses posted at: http://www.highpoint.edu/servicelearning/guidelines-for-service-learning/
3. Complete a Course Development Grant Application. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Within two weeks of applying, the grant committee will make a decision. There are 10 grants available, and we will accept applications until the 10 slots are filled or until September 13, 2019, whichever comes first. Completed applications should be signed, scanned, and emailed to Joe Blosser. The Application can be found at: http://www.highpoint.edu/servicelearning/faculty-grant-application/
If your application is selected, you will be required to:
February 2019 Course Development Grants made available to faculty
March 1 Applications accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis
Sept. 13 Course Development Grant Applications Close
Oct. 4 (2:00-4:30 PM) First Professional Development Workshop
Oct. 11 (2:00-4:30 PM) Second Professional Development Workshop
Oct. 25 (2:00-4:30 PM) Third Professional Development Workshop
Nov. 1 (2:00-4:30 PM) Fourth Professional Development Workshop and $500 payment
Nov 15 Completed Syllabus Due to Service Learning Committee
December 2019 First grant payment of $500
2020-2021 Teach course and receive remaining $1500
As you think about applying for a Course Development Grant, please see the resources and sample syllabi available at http://www.highpoint.edu/servicelearning.
Consider talking with the current Silvershein/Gutenstein Family Faculty Development Grant Winners:
Claudia Femenias (Spanish), Martin Kifer (Political Science), Cara Kozma (English), Amy MacArthur (Philosophy), Sarah Vess (Education), Matt Brophy (Philosophy), Charmaine Cadeau (English), Daniel Hall (Economics), Benita VanWinkle (Art and Design), Ginny McDermott (Communication), Sadie Leder (Psychology), Jacob Paul (English), Thaddeus Ostrowski (Religion), Rosie Tarara (Education), Leslie Cavendish (Education), Allison Walker (English), Jane Nichols (Interior Design), Paul Namaste (Sociology), Paul Ringel (History), Angie Bauer (Biology), Dan Erb (Health Sciences), Cathy Nowicki (Interior Design), Brad Barlow (Physics), Sojung Kim (Communication), Chris Franks (Religion/Philosophy), Brian Heagney (Communication), Cynthia Vigueira (Biology), Bobby Hayes(Communications), Brad Lambert (Communications), Michele Johnson (English), James Davis (Education), Robert Moses (Religion), Hayden Carron (Spanish), Scott MacLeod (Music); Tawannah Allen (Education); Allison Blosser (Education); Veronica Segarra(Biology); Nahed Eltantawy (Communications); John Turner (Music); Sara de Nicolas (Spanish); Carolyn Adams (Spanish); Amanda Mbuvi (Religion); Robert Powell (Communications); Brandon Lenoir (Communications and Political Science); Thomas Dearden (Criminal Justice); Erin Trauth (Professional Writing); John Graeber (Political Science); Kim Reich (Exercise Science); Melissa Richard (English); Jim Scott (Communications); Doug Brown (Theater); Joanne Altman (Psychology); Jessica Swanson (Criminal Justice); Emily Estrada (Sociology); Susanne Ward (Spanish); Beth Hupfer (Religion and Philosophy); David Radanovich (Communications); Bill Carpenter (Honors); Brianna Clark (Event Management); Lynne Murray (English);
If you have further questions or comments, please contact Rev. Dr. Joe Blosser, Robert G. Culp, Jr. Director of Service Learning, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-870-9471.
Please talk with Dr. Joe Blosser or Dr. Cara Kozma about your course idea first. Then come and complete the application.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. You will know within two weeks of submitting the application if you will receive a grant. We only have 10 grants available, so we urge you to apply soon. Applications must be submitted by September 13, 2019.
Read all the guidelines for applying at: http://www.highpoint.edu/servicelearning/grant-process/
Here are a few syllabi from courses taught by HPU faculty (please keep in mind some of these syllabi also fulfill the University Gen. Ed. Requirement for Ethics — your course will likely not fulfill this requirement). Many of the syllabi include an old EPC form, which should just be ignored given the current APIRC approval system:
ENG 2230 Literature and the Community (Two Sections: Globalization and Ecoliterature)
Here are some links to Service Learning Syllabi at other institutions:
There are endless numbers of resources for Service Learning, but at HPU we are developing Service Learning a bit differently through a focus on moral questions, like issues of justice, freedom, equality, human rights, the common good, etc. Not all Service Learning resources share such an emphasis on ethics, so you will need to use the following resources carefully and critically as you develop your proposal.
Here are some websites to get you started on planning a course: