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Benefits of CSL for Faculty
Make a difference in the lives of students and in the community! The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) promotes and supports the professional growth of SF State faculty.
Community Service Learning (CSL) has been identified as a high-impact educational practice (HIP) by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Interactive CSL courses promote achievement and improve quality of learning in traditionally underserved student populations--students of color, the economically disadvantaged, first-generation college students, and students with different learning styles. ICCE helps faculty incorporate CSL pedagogy into their courses, identify appropriate community placement sites and connect you with them, monitor students and manage potential risks.
CSL Courses satisfy SF State’s new interconnected educational outcomes and Goals for the Baccalaureate:
Appreciation of diversity;
Integration & application of knowledge in lower and upper division Gen Ed courses;
Foster qualities of mind and spirit;
Promote social justice and civic knowledge/engagement.
For more information about how CSL courses satisfy the new graduation requirements, see the pdf below.
$$ Grants for faculty engaged scholarship; awards to incorporate CSL into your curriculum, and professional recognition for service learning or civic engagement activities. Since 2000, the CSL program has awarded $609,770 in grants to 131 faculty members across six colleges and 54 departments. ICCE staff also nominate faculty for prestigious national awards.
New research and/or publication avenues. ICCE maintains a small library of books, articles, model curriculum, syllabi, assessment, and other materials on civic engagement, community-based participatory research, and service learning.
Faculty Development Workshops
Each academic year, the Community Service Learning (CSL) program provides opportunities for faculty to attend workshops related to the community service learning pedagogy. Topics have included: how to integrate components of CSL or civic engagement into course curriculum, how to work with communities when integrating community-based participation into research (CBPR), and how to enter communities with humility (respecting diversity). Faculty can gain assistance from the Institute in promoting forums/seminars/special events that involve faculty development or community issues. This may also include civic participation such as get-out-the-vote efforts.