Faculty Service-Learning Committee
Annual Report, 2007-2008
Earl F. Mulderink III
Faculty Coordinator of Civic Engagement
The Faculty Service-Learning Committee met monthly through 2007-2008 to develop new programs and sustain established ones. Committee information, additional resources, and relevant links are located at our SL&CE web site: http://www.suu.edu/servelearn/. Our “civic engagement” budget was $20,000 for the year, and, as before, it was capably administered by Debra Pool, Office Manager of the Student Success Center.
2008 Service-Learning Fellows Named
For the second year, the Faculty Service-Learning Committee announced a new group of Service-Learning Fellows to recognize “engaged educators who practice service-learning in an effective manner.” Each recipient received an honorarium of $750 and a handsome commemorative plaque. More detailed information and relevant syllabi are located at our website. In alphabetical order, the 2008 Service-Learning Fellows were:
Service-Learning Course Approval
In line with policies approved by the Deans’ Council in December 2007, the Service-Learning Committee approved several classes for official designation as “service-learning” courses. Full details about the criteria and application process are found online at http://suu.edu/servelearn/course-designation-app.html. As of Spring 2008, the following courses are to receive a “service-learning” designation:
Service-Learning Enhancement Grants
To promote service-learning across campus, the committee established a mini-grant program for requests of up to $500 per instructor per fiscal year. Application materials and report forms are found online at the SL&CE web site. The following grants were approved through May 2008:
Utah Campus Compact Honorees
For more than a decade, the Utah Campus Compact has encouraged higher education institutions to name outstanding teachers, students, and community partners. As selected by our committee, the 2008 award winners from SUU were: Engaged Scholar, Dr. Lisa Assante; Civically Engaged Student, Dane Hess; Committed Community Partner, Jesus Manuel Rabago Parra of La Palma, Mexico.
In addition to supporting the Faculty Fellows and Service-Learning Enhancement Grants programs, funds were allocated for participation in workshops and conferences inside and outside of Utah. Ten faculty and staff members attended the 4th Annual Engaged Scholar Institute at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah, February 8-9, 2008, and others participated in the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association 2008 Annual Meeting and at Utah Campus Compact-related meetings in Salt Lake City, particularly at Westminster College, June 4-5, 2008. Funds were also provided to assist conference participation by Earl Mulderink, Pam Branin, and Rita Osborn at the 21st International Conference on The First-Year Experience, in Dublin, Ireland, June 23-26, 2008. They presented at a panel entitled, “Engaging Students: Integrating Service-Learning Into First-Year Experiences,” joining three other SUU colleagues who also presented papers at the conference.