Welcome to the Center for Civic Engagement faculty support pages. The fact that you are here suggests your interest in community engagement and more specifically service-learning as a teaching strategy. We would like to offer our support and expertise to facilitate whatever type of community engagement meets your academic and course goals. In addition to working with many local community agencies and organizations, check out the opportunities we offer to collaborate with a network of partners outside the Palouse region through our distant service learning opportunities.
Please feel free to navigate through the links provided here and take advantage of the knowledge and experience of others. If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment to discuss further the possibilities of a service-learning/ community engagement component for your class, research, or scholarship agenda, please contact Kristen Koenig at email@example.com or 509-335-3271.
Service Learning Course Notation
The Center for Civic Engagement has established a service learning notation ("C") that will appear in the course schedule to identify academic courses/sections containing a "community" service learning component. Service learning combines intentional learning objectives with purposeful civic engagement. It is predicated on a partnership where all parties, community partners, students, and faculty/instructors benefit from the experience. Faculty in all disciplines are invited to submit a course syllabus for consideration for the community service learning "C" designation.
A course syllabus must be submitted by February 20 for summer session and fall semester courses and by September 20 for spring semester courses in order to be approved and notated by the time that students register. Syllabi submitted after those dates for this purpose will continue to result in the "C" designation as appropriate. Syllabi may be submitted to Kristen Koenig at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-335-3271. Contact Kristen with any questions.
For more information about the service learning course designation and developing a service learning course, please click here.
WSU's Community Engagement Classification
In December, 2008, WSU was named among 119 national university and college recipients of the 2008 "Community Engagement Classification" from The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Washington D.C.- based foundation selection recognizes higher education institutions that demonstrate excellence in "alignment between mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement." The award is issued by the Carnegie Foundation as part of an effort "to encourage more higher-education institutions to reach out to the world around them." (WSU News service 12.12.08) WSU was selected for the honor in the dual categories of curricular engagement and outreach and partnerships and lauded as a university that engages faculty, students and community in mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration. For examples of WSU faculty engaged scholarship, click here.