Texas Tech University

Service Learning Scholars

Supported by the Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center (TLPDC), the Service Learning Scholars (SLS) program aims to provide experienced service learning faculty members with an opportunity for additional development and support of their service learning scholarship. In the SLS program, participants will identify an area of focus related to research, teaching and learning, or service through which they will develop service learning scholarship and/or a project. SLS will meet monthly in a working group format in order to provide participants with time for group discussion and problem-solving as well as time for structured writing or working.

Expectations of a SLS

  • Attendance and active participation in SLS monthly meetings.. This program requires a time commitment and participants should not miss more than one of the planned meetings. The TLPDC will work with the participants to develop a schedule that accommodates the majority of the participants schedules and will post the planned meetings schedule as soon as it is finalized.
  • Completion of the application and an outline of the project that will be completed during the program. Applicants will need to identify the track (research, teaching and learning, and/or service) that will be their focus while participating in the SLS program and identify how this will contribute to their other professional goals and interests.
    • A research project could include the identification of a journal to submit an article about your SL course, data collection and article submission to the identified journal.
    • A teaching and learning project could be to propose and present a workshop for the Service Learning Faculty Fellows Program or a service learning conference presentation at a venue you identify. You could also develop a new service learning course for s-designation.
    • A service project could be to identify a problem or question that might address a service learning need at the TLPDC or in the TTU community and establish and implement a plan.
  • Presentation of the project at a conference, in publication, and/or on-campus events such as departmental meetings, TLPDC workshops, etc.
  • Participation in a final program evaluation.

Eligibility and Terms of Fellowship

  • This program requires active participation. Participants must have participated in the Service Learning Faculty Fellows (SLFF) program before applying to participate in the SLS program. There is no specific limit to the number of times a faculty member can participate; however, preference will be given to first-time applicants
  • As part of the Service Learning Scholars (SLS) program, faculty members will receive a $1000 stipend. The stipend can be rewarded as discretionary funds or transferred to an account for travel funding, project materials/expense or to provide limited support for a student assistant. 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 and an outline of project where you will identify a track or area in which you are interested in developing SL scholarship and/or a project. Briefly outline where you hope to focus while participating in the SLS program and identify how this will contribute to your other professional goals and interests. This work may be done individually or as part of a team. If you are interested in working as a team, please indicate additional projects you might be interested in partnering on.

Applications are due by midnight on Friday, August 18th.. Please email all application materials to Erika Brooks-Hurst at erika.d.brooks@ttu.edu. For questions or additional information, contact Erika by email or phone at 806-834-6871 or Micah Logan at micah.m.logan@ttu.edu or 806-834-0093.

Service Learning