Service-Learning & Civic Engagement

Minutes

Faculty Service-Learning Committee
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Registrar’s Conference Room, 12 PM

Meeting was called to order by Earl Mulderink at 12:15 PM. In attendance: Steve Barney (HSS), Neal Cox (Student Services), Briget Eastep (EDU), Mark Grover (SCI), Larry Johnson (PVA). Excused: Pam Branin (CSD), Blair McDonald (CIET), Matt Nickerson (LIB & Honors Program), Karl Stevens (SCPS), Denise Woodbury (BUS); Dane Hess (Student Representative).

Approval of Minutes

Minutes for the meeting of October 25, 2006, were approved without changes.

Chair’s Report

Earl first discussed the meeting of the Faculty Consulting Corps and the third annual Dialogue on Democracy, both of which took place in Salt Lake City on November 14, 2006. At the FCC meeting, plans were shared for the Moab “Engaged Scholar Institute” that is scheduled for February 23-24, 2007. Earl expressed his hope that SUU will again have a contingent of ten participants with a mix of new and experienced “engaged educators.” Also, the FCC talked about ways to coordinate efforts and share information among the faculty Service-Learning Coordinators. In addition, Earl distributed copies of the “white paper” that was developed by CAO’s and Linda Dunn in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Utah Campus Compact. This white paper incorporated findings from the “State of Engagement” project completed over the last year and included a high-profile example of SUU’s service-learning projects in Environmental Psychology directed by Professor Brit Mace. The Dialogue on Democracy was hosted again by Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham and convened in the Rice Eccles Stadium Scholarship Box. About 700 civic, education, political, and business leaders gathered to discuss civic and moral education efforts. SUU was represented by Earl, Pam Branin, Karl Stevens, Steve Kiisel, and students “CJ” and Angie from Pam’s Service Learning Center staff.

In other news, Earl distributed copies of the proposed web site designs for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement that had been developed by advanced graphics design students. There was consensus approval for one design along with suggestions to include rotating images (like those on SUU’s homepage). A second item featured a new book, Educating Citizens, purchased with Civic Engagement funding. Earl reminded committee members that we have funds available to procure print and video resources for the promotion of service-learning on campus. Finally, Earl disseminated information about forthcoming service-learning conferences, particularly the “Tenth Annual Continuums of Service” conference in San Jose, California, April 12-14, 2007. He noted the CFP’s deadline is December 15, and suggested that we may want to send a group to the conference because we have travel funds available to support these endeavors. This information was found through the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse web site at http://www.servicelearning.org/index.php.

New Business

We first discussed “Objectives for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, 2006-2007.” Earl noting that Neal and Karl had expressed interest in working with him on this project. We expect to meet soon and have something to share for our next committee meeting.

The next discussion item centered on the creation of a program for “Engaged Educators,” complete with honoraria and a seminar in Spring 2007. Denise, Steve, and Briget all expressed interest in honing such a program, again with a goal of having a plan to discuss at our next committee meeting.

A third issue focused on the designation of “Service-Learning” courses. Larry, Mark, Pam, and Blair have expressed interest in pursuing this issue. Mark Grover had explored other universities outside of Utah and found that Marshall University has straight-forward criteria and policies for designating service-learning courses. At Marshall, the designation is instructor-specific rather than course-specific. It was suggested that we meet with Registrar Lindsey Brown to find out more about Banner’s ability to acknowledge unique courses on transcripts and other students’ records.

The last item was about a possible grant application to the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Earl had talked about this grant with interested faculty and staff, and Pam expressed interest in moving forward with the application. They will discuss the issue after Pam finishes her work with the search committee for UCC’s next Executive Director.

Miscellaneous items:
Steve mentioned that we should consider the concept of “discovery-based learning” as one way to integrate service-learning with SUU’s new thrust for undergraduate research. This issue arose when Earl talked about his desire to combine the Faculty-Student Scholarship Day on April 19, 2007, with a showcase for service-learning on campus. Steve pledged to find some sources to better understand this concept. Also, Steve inquired about having the SUU Library subscribe to professional journals, such as the Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning. Briget mentioned her desire for SUU to add The Teaching Professor, if it is not available.

We agreed that our next meeting will be Wednesday, December 6, at Noon in the same room.

Meeting adjourned at 1 PM.