Service-Learning & Civic Engagement
Faculty Service-Learning Committee
Tuesday, November 8, 2005
Registrar’s Conference Room, 4 PM
Meeting was called to order by Earl Mulderink at 4:05 PM. In attendance: Owen Anderson (EDU), Steve Barney (HSS), John Bryner (LIB), Mark Grover (SCI), Blair McDonald (CIET), Matt Nickerson (Honors Program), Karl Stevens (SCPS), Neal Cox (Student Services), Jo Kremin (Student Representative), Abe Harraf (Provost). Excused: Denise Woodbury (BUS), Pam Branin (Service & Learning Center). Not represented: PVA.
Earl Mulderink provided information about the committee’s charge, membership, and plans for this year. Committee members were encouraged to network with colleagues to publicize service-learning on our campus. Faculty should consider using email and listserves to communicate with their college counterparts. Committee members agreed that meetings could be scheduled on a regular monthly basis, perhaps on the first Tuesday of each month at 4 PM. Everyone was urged to mark their calendars for the next meeting on Tuesday, December 6, in the Registrar’s Conference Room at 4 PM.
Earl also shared information about the Utah Campus Compact (UCC) and its surveys regarding faculty engagement and community partners. These online surveys will help SUU and all members of the Utah Campus Compact to evaluate the extent of service learning and civic engagement in the state. Survey results will also be used by CAO’s to prepare a “white paper” in Spring 2006 that will document and analyze the impact of civic engagement at all of Utah’s institutions of higher education. Earl encouraged committee members to examine the UCC’s web site http://www.sa.utah.edu/utahcampuscompact/ for more information.
Earl mentioned forthcoming events sponsored by the Utah Campus Compact:
- 1) The Second Annual Dialogue on Democracy will be held on November 17, 2005, in Salt Lake City. Some 400 civic, business, and education leaders will be in attendance.
- 2) The second annual Engaged Faculty Retreat will meet in Moab, Utah, February 24-25, 2006. SUU will be allowed to invite at least five faculty members to participate, and Earl encouraged members of the Faculty Service Learning Committee to attend if they missed last year’s event.
- 3) The UCC is planning to sponsor a monograph publication on service-learning and civic engagement with a tentative deadline of May 2006 for faculty submissions.
SUU’s “Bread and Soup” Night has been a huge success with hundreds of people in attendance at these Monday evening events.
The committee discussed a number of possible projects and responsibilities for both short- and long-term efforts.
Earl suggested that one of his and the committee’s tasks will be to take an inventory of ongoing service-learning courses and programs at SUU. This effort will be greatly aided by the online survey of Faculty Engagement sponsored by the UCC. He encouraged committee members to prod faculty colleagues to complete the online survey.
Web Site Revisions
Earl expressed his desire to revise and improve the Service and Learning Center’s web site to provide additional resources for faculty.
Committee members discussed concerns about leave, rank, and tenure policies that may not adequately address service learning and civic engagement. Mention was made of SUU’s embrace of the “Boyer Model of Scholarship,” yet current LRT policies do not explicitly recognize service-learning activities, even through publications.
Earl suggested that one of his responsibilities is to find funding sources to support service learning across campus. Committee members discussed potential private and public sources, including the need to work with SUU’s Advancement Office and to connect with community groups such as the Rotary Club.
Service-Learning Scholar Program
Student representative Jo Kremin outlined the current “Service-Learning Scholar Program” at SUU through which students can earn distinction for completing a self-directed and faculty-supervised program. Jo spearheaded the development of this program at SUU and encouraged faculty to view application forms and other materials at http://www.suu.edu/stil/scholar.html.
Provost Abe Harraf
Abe Harraf addressed several concerns and aims, including the possibility of a service-learning degree requirement at SUU (similar to the University of Utah). He emphasized a desire for students to gain a breadth of experience and learning, illustrated by the recent campus distribution of the New York Times. In addition, Abe referred to the “American Democracy Project” sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and University and urged faculty to visit their web site at http://www.aascu.org/programs/adp/default.htm. Abe suggested that the August 2006 opening faculty meeting could possibly focus on service-learning through a presentation by a noted speaker. He added that the annual service-learning showcase sponsored by Pam Branin and the Service & Learning Center might be an opportunity to acknowledge faculty and student academic accomplishments, possibly through awards. Finally, Abe discussed the educational values and impacts of service-learning to students, faculty, and the community.
Meeting was adjourned at 4:40 PM.