Go Beyond the Classroom will provide professional development and support to faculty, instructors, and staff in order to explore Community-Engaged Learning best practices and ways to develop these opportunities for their classes or co-curricular activity.
Meet our Community-Engaged Learning Faculty Fellow: Dr. Scott Jenkinson
Dr. Scott Jenkinson serves as the Community-Engaged Learning Faculty Fellow. In this role, he supports the successful implementation of the QEP through the development of professional development opportunities for faculty and staff. Dr. Jenkinson works with the Vice Provost for Community Engagement/Director of the QEP and the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence to develop a series of trainings, workshops, learning communities, and talks to address the needs and promote community-engaged learning pedagogy. All QEP workshops, trainings, conferences, and professional development events will be coordinated with the Center for Teaching Excellence.
Possible Professional Development Topics Include:
- assistance identifying partners and awareness of community needs;
- intensive, collaborative professional development on community-engaged learning that results in a new or redesigned course;
- guidance on facilitating critical reflection;
- how to assess student learning, use the assessment rubric, and write community-engaged learning student learning objectives;
- implementing community-engaged learning in online courses;
- ethics of community-engaged learning;
- sharing discipline specific examples of community-engaged learning course integration;
- managing logistics of community-engaged learning including affiliation agreements, transportation, legal issues, etc.; and
- developing the scholarship of engagement.
Resources and Funding Opportunities
Summer Go Beyond the Classroom Intensive
The Summer Go Beyond the Classroom Intensive is a two-day educational workshop for faculty and staff to develop or deepen a community-engaged learning (CEL) component in a course or co-curricular experience. During this engaging 2-day workshop, selected participants will explore the foundations of CEL, logistical considerations, creating impactful critical reflection, and developing and sustaining community partnerships. A $500 stipend will be given for successful fulfillment of the intensive guidelines. There are 2 available workshops for 2023: May 18-19 or July 24-25. For more details, please complete the registration form.
Go Beyond the Classroom Mini-Grant Description and Application
Go Beyond the Classroom, the ETSU Community-Engaged Learning Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), invites proposals for Mini-Grants to enhance and/or expand community-engaged learning (CEL) in courses, programs, and co-curricular experiences. Go Beyond the Classroom Mini-Grants are intended for faculty and staff use to provide funding for a range of items, including professional development, conferences, course materials, supplies, and travel for faculty, staff, and students that support, enhance, or/or expand CEL. For this inaugural year of funding, projects may be either new or existing CEL initiatives.
- Proposal Deadline: April 26, 2023 5:00 pm
- Awards Announced by mid-May 2023
- Duration of the Project: Projects may start in Summer 2023 and run through the 2023-2024 Academic Year
- Access Application for Mini-Grants
- Information Sessions will be offered Wednesday April 5 at 12:00 noon via Zoom and Wednesday April 12 at 9 am, Location TBD.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org you have questions concerning the Information Sessions.
Alternative Break Experience Learning Partners
ETSU’s established program of Alternative Break Experiences housed in the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement offers an ideal opportunity for enhancement of community-engaged learning. With a focus on active citizenship, ABEs are unique co-curricular opportunities for students to engage in strong, direct service and experiential learning during traditional breaks from school. ETSU Faculty and Staff are encouraged to consider serving as Learning Partners. Contact Ms. Joy Fulkerson, Director of Leadership and Civic Engagement at email@example.com.
Bibliography of the Go Beyond the Classroom QEP
Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) standards for Civic Engagement and Service Learning Programs
Campus Compact is a national nonprofit organization. They are the largest and oldest higher education association dedicated to higher education civic and community engagement. Their members make up a force of thousands of presidents, faculty, researchers, students, and civic and community engagement experts at colleges and universities.
ETSU is an institutional member of Campus Compact. Any ETSU faculty, staff, or student can access the wealth of materials Campus Compact has including sample syllabi, case studies, podcasts, webinars, etc.
Engagement Scholarship Consortium
The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, is composed of higher education member institutions, a mix of state-public and private institutions. Their goal is to work collaboratively to build strong university-community partnerships anchored in the rigor of scholarship and designed to help build community capacity. As a member benefit, ESC promotes opportunities for faculty from member institutions to collaborate on opportunities for research and external funding. Member institutions identify ways that their faculty, staff, students, and community partners can connect with and collaborate on community engagement efforts.
ETSU is an institutional member of ESC.
Use this online portal to find and connect with agencies, non-profit organizations, and volunteer initiatives that serve the Appalachian Highlands region. Community partners will post their one time and on-going service opportunities at this site.