The Office of Service Learning (OSL) facilitates connections between focused academic learning and meaningful community service that addresses needs identified by communities.
We provide support to faculty for:
- Course design and implementation
- Community partnership development
- Community-engaged scholarship
- Course logistics (scheduling, transportation, etc.)
Service Learning Course Development Grants
Grants are available for for faculty interested in developing a new service-learning course or transforming an existing one. Grants can also be used to spearhead departmental plans for integrating service learning in the curriculum. Applications for the 2019-2020 cohort will be released in January 2019.
2018-2019 Course Development Grantees
- Ania Aksan, Associate Professor, Economics. Course Title: EC 235 Economic Development. Community Partner: Catholic Medical Mission Board
- Joshua Elliott, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Director of Educational Technology, Director of Secondary Education, Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions. Course Title: MD 585 Educational Technology Capstone. Community Partner: Cesar Batalla School/ Bridgeport Public Schools
- Linda Henkel, Professor, Psychology. Course Title: PY 281G Special Topics in Psychology: Aging and Cognition. Community Partner: Bridges Assisted Living & The Bigelow Senior Center
- Shannon Kelley, Associate Professor, English. Course Title: HR 202 Honors Seminar – Shakespeare and the Pedagogies of Justice, Community Partner: Geraldine Claytor Magnet Academy, Bridgeport
- Sunil Purushotham, Assistant Professor, History. Course Title: Service Learning in South India: Challenges of Development and Democracy (International Service Learning Immersion). Community Partner: St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Partnership for Social Change Grants
The Partnerships for Social Change Grant is an innovative opportunity to form collaborative campus-community partnership teams to create, strengthen, and sustain community engagement. The goal is to catalyze and support the development of long-term, sustainable campus-community partnerships developed in close collaboration with community partners. Partnerships for Social Change teams will include a minimum of 3 and maximum of 5 members. Each team must include one full-time, tenure track faculty member and one community partner. Other team members can include part-time and non-tenure track faculty members, staff, students, and/or additional community partners. Awards vary by team size ($3,500 - $5,500).
2018-2019 Partnerships for Social Change Grantees
- RIZE: Research, Internships, and Zoo Education: Team members will focus on developing new goals and strategies to increase the scope of the Service Learning partnership between the biology department and the zoo, and to promote RIZE as a nationally recognized SL model for zoos and aquariums. Team Members: Ashley Byun, Associate Professor, Biology; Jim Knox, Curator of Education, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo; Rob Tomas, Head Animal Curator, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo.
- Expanding Arts Education at Claytor Academy: Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing: Faculty members in the English Department are partnering with a local public school to offer a book club, Shakespeare study group, a creative writing group, and a drama club. Team Members: Jill Bodach, Adjunct Professor, English; Jennifer Brown, Language Arts Teacher, Geraldine Claytor Magnet Academy; Shannon Kelley, Associate Professor, English
- Transition Opportunities for Post-Secondary Success (TOPS): This partnership aims to address a multitude of social challenges and independent living skills for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, provide increased self-sufficiency and self-advocacy, as well as, offer valuable experiences for graduate and undergraduate students who are planning a career in special education. Team Members: Alyson Martin, Co-Director/Assistant Professor, Special Education Program, GSEAP; Emily Shamash, Co-Director/Visiting Professor, Special Education Program, GSEAP; Wendy Bloch, Administrator of Program and Business Development, The Kennedy Center; Jessica Grabowski, MA Candidate, Special Education Program, GSEAP.
External Faculty Development and Conference Opportunities
Click here for an updated list of conferences, workshops and other opportunities offered by our partners.
Service Learning Associates (SLA)
The SLA program pairs student leaders with faculty teaching service learning courses. SLAs assist faculty with everything from logistics, to community partnership development and reflection facilitation. Faculty are required to apply to participate in the program, showing evidence of their willingness to work in partnership with a student leader. Contact Andrea Canuel for more information on how to apply.
The OSL has partnered with the DiMenna-Nyselius Library to maintain an updated list of journals that publish community-engaged scholarship, including the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. See the journal list here.
Other Faculty Resources