Service Learning Faculty Fellows
Supported by the Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center (TLPDC), the Service Learning Faculty Fellows 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.
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).
Program Goals/Framing Questions
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?
Expectations of a SLFF
- Attendance and participation in SLFF training events. The Service Learning Faculty Fellows program is a learning experience intended to promote individual service learning skills that will better serve the university. The program requires a time commitment. Participants can not miss more than one of the planned meeting/workshops. The TLPDC will post the planned meeting/workshop schedule as soon as it is finalized.
- Submission of an application for a new or re-designed course for "S" designation. "S" designation applications will be due in early October, 2017 for courses implemented in Spring 2018 and early March, 2018 for courses implemented in Fall 2018. Faculty who have been approved for "S" designation within the past academic year are eligible to participate as a fellow.
- 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.
Eligibility and Terms of Fellowship
- The SLFF is open to all permanent, full-time faculty at Texas Tech University including tenure-track faculty, professors of practice, 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 $1000 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.
Application and Selection Criteria
- A committee comprised of service learning faculty and TLPDC service learning staff will review each application.
- An application consists of:
- A completed application with your Department Chairperson's signature approving your participation in the Service Learning program. Their signature indicates agreement to schedule you to teach a service learning course during the Spring, 2018 semester.
- Within the application you will identify a potential course for service learning course development and provide a brief description of the ways in which this course will improve student learning and enhance student student understanding of the course content. The course you identify can be a course you are developing or a course that you have taught previously and will be teaching again in the future.
Applications are due by midnight on May 30, 2017. 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.