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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.



Purpose of the Grants:

The Provost’s Academic Strategic Plan (ASP) charges the faculty to engage students in active learning outside the classroom” in order to “expand student horizons, connecting their work and life experiences with education,” and it specifically calls for increased Service Learning courses (p. 24). Such courses will prepare our students to engage critically the moral problems they will face as citizens and professionals after college (p. 24). Similarly, the past Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) demands the institutionalization and development of Service Learning courses as part of the experiential education High Point students need “to lead lives of significance within our complex and increasingly interdependent global communities” (QEP p. 1519, ASP p. 24). More specifically, the QEP directs the Service Learning Program to provide “stipends to faculty who develop courses with a civic engagement component” (p. 18). Both the QEP and ASP challenge the faculty to offer enough Service Learning courses so that all of our students are able to participate.

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.




Faculty interested in applying for a Course Development Grant should:

  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:
  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:


If your application is selected, you will be required to:

  1. Actively participate in four professional development workshops offered on Friday afternoons (Friday, Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, and Nov. 1) from 2:00-4:30 PM. If you teach during this time, we ask that you schedule an online class or other class activities so you can attend the workshop.
  2. Create a syllabus to be submitted to the Service Learning Committee by November 15, 2019.  The workshops will help you develop your syllabus.
  3. Teach the course in the 2020-2021 academic year.
  4. Volunteer at least 10 hours with your course’s community partners during the semester in which you teach your course
  5. Participate in a pre- and post-assessment of your course
  6. Share your course materials and expertise in future Professional Development Workshops, if needed



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

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 or 336-870-9471.

A hard copy of these procedures can be found here: Grant Application Instructions_spring19

Apply Now!

Be part of the 9th cohort of SL Faculty


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:


Download the application here: Grant-Application_spring19


Please submit your signed grant application electronically to

Dr. Joe Blosser (

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:


ART 3081 Documenting the Community through Photography

COM 3385 Applied Research in Strategic Communications

COM 4415 Strategic Communication Campaigns

CRJ 3650 Life Skills for Inmates

ECO 2050 Introduction to Microeconomics

EDU 3100 Collaboration in the General Education Classroom

ENG 2230 Literature and the Community (Two Sections: Globalization and Ecoliterature)

INT 3280 Contract 1 SYLLABUS

INT 3280 Contract 1 FALL 2013 Schedule

PHL 2008 Social Ethics

PHL 2010 Biomedical Ethics

PHL 2016 Family Ethics

PHL 2043 Business Ethics

PHL 2043 Business Ethics Honors

PHL/PSC 3009 Political Philosophy

PSC 3332 Campaigns and Elections

PSY 2400 Social Psychology

REL 3028 Religion in America

SPN 3000 Advanced Spanish Conversation

THE 2950 Dance and Community Concepts

WGS 3100 Feminist Theory and Praxis


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:

Campus Compact Resources

National Service Learning Clearinghouse Resources

Corporation for National & Community Service

UNC Faculty Resources and Course Guide

Wayne State Faculty Resources

Elon’s Faculty Development Guide

Duke’s Resources

Towson’s Resources

VA Tech’s Faculty Guide

Best Practices in SL Pedagogy

Principles of Good Reflection

Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning

Click here for a list of National Resources for Service-Learning