The College of Arts & Sciences “Learn and Serve” faculty awards are $1000 grants that will be given to 1-2 faculty members who are teaching and/or
developing service-learning as an important and integral dimension of an undergraduate
CAS course.To be eligible, the applicant must be a full-time faculty member, which
includes instructors, in the College of Arts & Sciences who teaches an undergraduate
course that includes a palpable and innovative service-learning component. These courses
can be 4000/6000.
The objectives of the Learn and Serve Award are:
- Create & expand organized service-learning projects that increase social responsibility
and commitment to the community
- Promote faculty development in service-learning programming
- Support service-learning projects that demonstrable support the resolution of local
- Improve student engagement in academic coursework and foster the lifelong civic engagement
If awarded, the recipient(s) must agree to use at least $300 of the grant to directly
support “service-learning” projects which are not related to individual student research,
independent study or capstone projects. The remaining funds may be used to further
the faculty member’s personal teaching or research interests, e.g., travel, books,
supplies, but may not be used for salary.
Application packets should include:
Within three (3) months after the end of the Learn and Serve project, the awardee
must submit a report and photos to email@example.com describing the accomplishments and benefits of the project and use of the grant.
Applicants must provide a well-designed service-learning plan that will be evaluated
on the following elements:
- Abstract – A brief summary of the proposed service-learning project. Identify the number
of anticipated student participants, the project’s major goals, primary activities,
and anticipated outcomes.
- Project Plan – A brief explanation of the rationale and approach of the service-learning project.
Describe the general program activities that students will complete, and the training
and monitoring activities that will be enacted to ensure they are well prepared, supported,
and held accountable. How will the students be evaluated? Address efforts to be
made toward sustaining service-learning beyond one semester. Please attach a draft syllabus.
- Student Participant Development – Since the purpose of this grant is to engage more college students in service-learning
in order to increase academic content knowledge while building an ethic of civic responsibility,
describe how the project will help to achieve these objectives. What are the opportunities
for student leadership and involvement?
- Community Needs and Participation – Explain the community need that the project will address. The application should
clearly indicate how this need was/will be identified. The Learn and Serve competition
emphasizes the role of higher education in serving the human, educational, environmental,
or public safety needs of the local community through service-learning. Describe
how the proposed program will strengthen the community.
- Names of any community partners that will be involve in the project should be included;
and briefly describe their activities and roles both in identifying the need being
addressed and in shaping the design of the project. What is the plan to collaborate
with the potential community partners during the semester when the course is offered?
What opportunities exist for community members and students to work together?
- Use of Funds – Summarily outline how the funds will be used, that is, provide a short budget
narrative; but also a summary list of the relevant budget categories with estimated
- Departmental Approval – Departmental chairs/directors will be asked to submit their approval of the course.
A call for applications will begin in mid-March with a deadline set for some time
in April. Recipients will be notified in early May and recognized during the August
CAS faculty meeting.
Questions concerning the Learn and Serve award should be directed to Dr. Joy Clay,
Associate Dean, Interdisciplinary Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org.