Hosted by the NIU Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning, in partnership with the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, “When the Classroom and Community Collide” is scheduled from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 18.
This fully online institute will be easily accessible from any location and will include a keynote from service learning expert Patrick Green of Loyola University in Chicago.
At the close of the institute, participants will have an opportunity to learn about a new Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program scheduled to launch this summer. The Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program provides a learning collaborative in which new and experienced service-learning faculty deepen their knowledge and share best practices.
In addition, selected Faculty Fellows will receive a small stipend to support professional development and the integration of service learning pedagogy into new and existing courses.
Service-Learning Institute presenters
- Patrick Green, founding director of Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Experiential Learning and chair of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, will speak on service-learning at the national level. Specific topics include a brief history of service-learning, an overview of current trends and a list of the best practices.
- Alicia Schatteman, assistant professor of monprofit management in the NIU Division of Public Administration, Department of Political Science and the Center for Non-Governmental Organization Leadership and Development, will speak on promotion and tenure opportunities for faculty through service-learning.
- Jennifer Groce, director for Community Affairs at NIU, will speak on establishing relationships with community partners.
- Destiny McDonald, assistant director for Undergraduate Research and Program Partnerships in the Office of Student Engagement & Experiential Learning, will speak on critical reflection.
- Haley Gander, NIU student, will speak on how her experience completing a service-learning course impacted her as a student and beyond the classroom.