Service-Learning Info for Faculty
Whether new to Stockton, or just new to Service-Learning, it is helpful to understand what Service-Learning is and how it works. Service-Learning is a teaching methodology a faculty member uses in a course, but it is so much more. It is a way of engaging with the community, learning about the environment we live in and move through, and applying the theoretical knowledge of what students are learning in the classroom in real-life situations. It is also about leaving the community partners and organizations that students serve with better than when they found them -- either through their commitment, their energy, or their knowledge.
Here’s a quick example -- in Underwater Robotics - MARS 3337, Stockton students coach local high school teams to compete in a robotic competition called Sea Perch. In some courses, students do less direct service, and conduct research for a community partner or local non-profit organization. In some courses focused on public relations or marketing, students develop websites, promotional materials, or help the community partner get the word out about an event. Whatever project you will work on, either solo or as a team, is dependent on what you are learning in class.
Interested in teaching service-learning at Stockton University? Here are the current steps:
Service-Learning (SRLN) courses now require course approval to be designated as SRLN. This change does not impact 2020-2021 courses but starting in Fall 2021, you will need to have your course(s) approved to maintain or earn the SRLN attribute.
Additional information is available here: SCCESL Policy for Adding SRLN Attribute to a Course
SRLN Application Procedure
- Review the application. The application is available here: SRLN Application.
- Review some sample applications. Sample applications are available here: SRLN Sample Successful Applications. It is anticipated that courses previously taught with a robust service-learning component will meet the criteria with minimal explanation and will be able to retain or regain their attribute easily.
- Meet with SCCESL staff and/or the Service-Learning Faculty Fellow.
- Submit your Application. Courses will be reviewed on a monthly basis and accepted September-May. Courses submitted June-August will be reviewed in the fall review cycle, which begins in September. The committee comprised of service-learning faculty and staff reviews the application, syllabus, and any additional documents that detail the service-learning project and either awards the SRLN attribute or requests additional explanation or clarification.
The course taught by that faculty member will retain that attribute, unless the faculty member decides to remove the attribute and teach it without the Service-Learning component. The SRLN attribute is held by the faculty member for that particular course (like the W2 attribute).