Service Learning Faculty Fellows
Supported by the Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center (TLPDC) as well as the Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement (CALUE), the Service Learning Faculty Fellows (SLFF) program fosters a community of scholars who integrate the philosophy, pedagogy, and process of service learning into each component of their professional lives—research, teaching, and service. As is evidenced in the University's Strategic Plan and Mission Statement as well as in programs and recognitions such as the Provost's Integrated Scholars, the Texas Tech community is paying increased attention to the role of civic engagement in the development of our students. The SLFF program naturally embodies the goals and mission of the University and is a wonderful way for faculty to learn more about becoming a truly integrated scholar. Texas Tech's SLFF program is modeled after a Faculty Fellows Program at Montclair State University.
Definition of Service Learning at Texas Tech University
At Texas Tech University, academic service learning is defined as "a pedagogy that links academic study and civic engagement through thoughtfully organized service that meets the needs of the community. This service is structured by and integrated into the academic curriculum, which provides opportunities for students to learn and develop through critical reflection" (TTU Service Learning Advisory Council, 2003).
Throughout the course of the program, the SLFF will consider and discuss the following questions:
- What is the impact of service learning on student learning, your teaching methodologies, the community partner, the university, and the community at large?
- How do you assess the impact of your service learning project in each of the areas listed in the previous question?
- Attendance and participation in SLFF training events. There will be at least one mandatory meeting at the beginning of each semester (fall/spring), these meetings will be scheduled before classes begin in order to best accommodate teaching and research schedules.
- Additional meetings will be scheduled as needed. The fall orientation meeting will be held from 10:00-3:00 on Tuesday, August 23rd and the spring meeting will be held from 11:00-2:00 on Tuesday, January 17th. Participation in the program is contingent upon attendance at these meetings.
- Attendance at a minimum of one TLPDC workshop related to service learning each semester. In addition to traditional workshop sessions, brownbag lunches will be scheduled each month to provide an opportunity for SLFFs to network with other faculty engaged in SL.
- Submission of an application for a new or re-designed course for "S" designation. "S" designation applications will be due in early October, 2016 for courses implemented in Spring 2017 and early March, 2017 for courses implemented in Fall 2017. Faculty who have been approved for "S" designation within the past academic year are eligible to participate as a fellow.
- Participation in meetings with SLFF Mentors to discuss the integration of service learning pedagogy and practice into their new or re-designed courses.
- Completion of at least one on-site visit with the community partner aligned with your "S" designated course. A follow-up visit at the end of your project is highly recommended to aid you in the assessment of your service learning project.
- Selection of a graduate or undergraduate student who will be funded by the TLPDC and serve as a teaching/research assistant for the implementation of the newly "S" designated course. Given recent changes to hiring policies in which students are not allowed to work over 20 hours per week, the TLPDC can only fund students who work 20 hours total at Texas Tech. If you are interested in working with a student assistant and are unable to identify someone to work with, the TLPDC will attempt to work with you to hire student assistants through our center as funding allows.(optional)
- Promotion of service learning and/or your service learning project at on-campus events such as departmental meetings, TLPDC workshops, etc.
- Participation in an Instructional Diagnosis, a confidential process in which anonymous student feedback is gathered about the learning experience, conducted by Erika Brooks-Hurst. This will take no more than 20 minutes of 1 class meeting. A summary of the students' responses will be provided to the instructor
- Participation in a final program evaluation.
- The SLFF is open to all permanent, full-time faculty at Texas Tech University including tenure-track faculty, lecturers, instructors and other non-tenured faculty. Previous experience with service learning is not required.
- As part of the SLFF, faculty members will receive a $1500 stipend and a part-time graduate assistant (the TLPDC will fund up to 10 hours per week) for the semester in which the service learning course is taught. The length of the fellowship is 9 months.
- A committee comprised of service learning faculty, TLPDC service learning staff, and CALUE service learning staff will review each application.
- An application consists of:
- Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae (not to exceed 3 pages)
- A completed application cover sheet (Appendix A) with your Department Chairperson's signature approving your participation in the Service Learning program. His/Her signature indicates agreement to schedule you to teach a service learning course during the Spring, 2017 semester.
- A brief statement outlining what you hope to gain professionally from your involvement in the Service Learning Faculty Fellowship Program. (1 page)
- A brief statement identifying ideas for potential service learning course development and a description of the ways in which this course will improve student learning and enhance their understanding of course content. (1 page)
Applications are due by 5:00pm on May 30, 2016. Please email all application materials to Erika Brooks-Hurst at firstname.lastname@example.org.For questions or additional information, contact Erika by email or phone at 806-834-6871 or Micah Logan at email@example.com or 806-834-0093.,