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Center for Community Engagement

Faculty Fellows Service-Learning Seminar

Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program
The Center for Community Engagement accepts 5-6 faculty each year to participate in the Service-Learning Faculty Fellows program, in which faculty meet weekly during the spring semester to learn about service-learning pedagogy and redesign an academic course to include a service-learning component.  

The seminar lasts the full spring term and meets 1.5 hours/week. Faculty are awarded a $2400 stipend to use during the semester they teach their new service-learning course, which can be processed as direct payment to the faculty member (minus fringe benefits) or as reimbursement to an academic program for a course release. Service-Learning Fellowships are open to full-time USM faculty members at the rank of instructor and above.  

Benefits of Faculty Fellows Program

  • Stipend/Course Release
  • Interdisciplinary Dialogue
  • Pedagogical Training
  • Professional Development
  • Community Connections
  • Syllabus Workshop
  • Mini-Grants or Awards
Timeline of Faculty Fellows Program
  • October: Applications Available
  • December:  Selection Notification
  • January:     Seminar Begins  

Seminar meeting time is chosen based on participants' schedules. 

 What is Service-Learning?Graphic showing balance of needs in SL
  • Relevant & Meaningful Service
  • Enhanced Academic Learning
  • Purposeful Civic Learning
  • Balances the needs of students, academic content, and community-identified needs
Why Service-Learning?
  • It’s a high-impact educational practice (Kuh, 2008)
  • Students who participate in service-learning classes are more likely to complete degrees (Lockeman & Pelco, 2013)
  • It positively affects students’
    • Understanding of social issues
    • Personal insight
    • Cognitive development (Yorio & Ye, 2011)

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Center for Community Engagement
116 Harkins Hall
118 College Dr. #5211

Hattiesburg Campus

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