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The Public Service Center can support you in developing community-based courses and research. Our staff can identify placement sites for your students, assist you in setting up community partnerships, and help you determine the best ways to incorporate community-based work in your teaching, scholarship, and outreach. Check out our resources for course and community partnership development, or contact us to discuss your ideas. We can also assist you with the campus experiential learning guidelines for risk management, and help you connect to research, best practices and campus colleagues in the fields of engaged scholarship, service-learning, civic engagement and community-based participatory research.
Faculty play an integral role in keeping students connected to the campus community. Sign-up for our quarterly e-newsletter to keep up on campus and community happenings around engaged scholarship, as well as resources for publishing and funding.
Chancellor's Awards for Public Service: Each year, the Chancellor honors the work of faculty, students, staff and community partnerships that demonstrate outstanding service for the public good. Nominations open in February each year; recipients are selected in March and honored at a public reception at the end of spring semester.
If you are a faculty member with a question, ideas for a new public service program, a community need that needs to be addressed, or thoughts about how the University can better achieve its mission of public service, please contact Suzan Akin at 510/643-0307 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you developing a course that uses service-learning or community-based research? Use our Handbook for Designing Community-Based Courses as a starting point, or contact Suzan Akin to discuss your ideas. We can also assist you with syllabus development, project development, sustainability of the course and/or project, and the campus experiential learning guidelines for Risk Management.
The Public Service Center partners with the University's American Cultures Center and the Division of Equity and Inclusion to provide faculty selected as Chancellor's Public Scholars with a $3000 research grant, a $1500 grant for project needs, training, staff consulting services and paid student Fellows to support the development of new or revised American Cultures courses with community engaged scholarship components. Applications are released in January and are due in March each year.
A two-hour introductory workshop on the pedagogy of community-based courses. Community engaged scholarship encompasses many things, including service-learning and experiential learning. Participants in this multi-disclipinary workshop will learn to revise or design a rigorous community-based course, best practices for effective community partnerships, techniques for integrating course concepts with community-based work, and sample reflection activities. Participants will also discuss the ethical and practical considerations of community-based work. (Offered once per semester. Fall workshop: Monday, October 7, 2013. 3-5pm. Location tbd.) Please contact Suzan Akin.
The Public Service Center can help you identify the best placement sites for your students and set up agency partnerships. You can look at the current volunteer opportunities and agencies available on our Volunteer Opportunities Database, see our current list of projects from community agencies interested in working with faculty, or contact Suzan Akin at 510/643-0307 for assistance in identifying potential community partners.
Consider the principles of partnership in Section 2 of the Handbook for Designing Community-based Courses, which can help you in identifying your capacity and the type of partnership that will work best for you. In addition, we can assist you with the campus experiential learning guidelines
for Risk Management.
We can help you connect to research, best practices and campus colleagues in the fields of service-learning, engaged scholarship, civic engagement and community-based participatory research (CBPR). See below for places to start, and contact Suzan Akin if you have specific requests.