Service-Learning & Civic Engagement


Faculty Service-Learning Committee
Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Registrar’s Conference Room, 4 PM

Meeting was called to order by Earl Mulderink at 4:05 PM. In attendance: Steve Barney (HSS), Neal Cox (Student Services), Mark Grover (SCI), Jo Kremin (Student Representative), Larry Johnson (PVA), Blair McDonald (CIET), Matt Nickerson (Honors Program), Karl Stevens (SCPS). Excused: Owen Anderson (EDU), Pam Branin (CSD), John Bryner (LIB), Denise Woodbury (BUS).

Approval of Minutes (January 17, 2006)
The minutes were approved without corrections by a unanimous vote.

Chair’s Report
Earl shared handouts and information regarding the 2006 Engaged Scholar Institute in Moab, Utah, along with other events sponsored by the Utah Campus Compact. Earl circulated information about SUU’s nominees for the state-wide UCC Recognition Event on April 4, 2006, in Salt Lake City: Cynthia Wright (Engaged Faculty), Jo Kremin (Outstanding Student), and Carol Bolsover and Iron County Care and Share (Committed Community Partner). In particular, Earl noted that Cindy Wright’s syllabus and detailed documentation could be helpful to other faculty interested in her application of service-learning pedagogy in community nutrition. Finally, Earl shared information about forthcoming meetings planned by Linda Dunn, Executive Director of the Utah Campus Compact, and CAO’s throughout the state. SUU will host Linda Dunn on March 23, 2006, at 1 PM, and all members of the committee are invited.

Committee Reports

Faculty Development and Training (Earl Mulderink)
Committee members discussed preferences and needs for future faculty training. One suggestion is to plan workshops in Fall 2006 with follow-up sessions as needed. Another idea is for a workshop that would focus on LRT issues, perhaps drawing lessons from PVA’s successful articulation of performance-based teaching and scholarship.

LRT Policies and Consideration (Steve Barney and Matt Nickerson)
Steve mentioned that he had discussed potential LRT issues with Luciane Berg, Faculty Senate President, and that the Faculty Senate might bring up relevant issues at the next meeting of their Academic Affairs Committee. Matt suggested that faculty should feel empowered in advocating for service-learning through SUU’s application of the Boyer Model. Committee members seemed to agree that faculty need to make the case in their LRT applications about the value and effectiveness of service-learning as a pedagogy.

Service-Learning Scholar Program (Pam Branin and Jo Kremin)
Jo explained that fellowship funding for incoming students will be allocated to twenty (20) first-year students engaged in service. She expressed appreciation to Stephen Allen, SUU’s Executive Director of Enrollment Management, for his assistance. In addition, Jo mentioned that two (2) Service Scholars graduated last year from SUU, and that three seniors (including herself) are seeking similar designation this year. Jo reiterated the need for faculty involvement and direction in this program to ensure sufficient academic rigor.

Service-Learning in the Curriculum (Blair McDonald, Larry Johnson, and Mark Grover)
These faculty members led a brief discussion about potential professional applications of service-learning in some disciplines. Also, they commented that service-learning could be better integrated into the First Year Experience and possibly into the Honors Program, as well. Mark wondered if courses might be designated as “service-learning” similar to the ways in which Honors courses are formalized. He and others outlined the benefits from having specific “service-learning” classes designated in the SUU Catalog and in other campus materials.

Funding Opportunities (Earl Mulderink and Pam Branin)
No report at this time.

Web Site Revisions (John Bryner and Karl Stevens)
Karl stated that he has received permission from Mark Walton for web-site access and will move forward. Earl suggested that he look at web sites from other institutions that have developed service-learning programs, such as the University of Utah and Idaho State University.

Public Relations (Neal Cox)
Neal mentioned his willingness to promote SUU’s programs.

New Business

A. SUU Campus Recognition Event
A brief discussion centered on a campus event to promote civic engagement, but with no decisions made.

B. Longer Term Planning (Strategic Planning, Fund Raising, Advisory Board)
No discussion at this time.

The next meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, at 4 PM.

Meeting was adjourned at 5:00 PM.