When classrooms, communities collide

Project ROAR at Cortland Elementary SchoolNIU’s upcoming Service-Learning Institute will examine academic service-learning, community partner expectations and the use of critical reflection and considerations for tenure and promotion

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.

Patrick Green
Patrick Green

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.

Registration is available online. For more information, call (815) 753-8154 or email engage@niu.edu.

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