"Incorporating service-learning in my course is much easier than I imagined. The office assists in finding appropriate projects, supporting students, and ensuring effective partnerships to support student learning - it makes the opportunity accessible for faculty and valuable for student learning.”
-Eric "Luke" Krieg, Professor of Sociology
Faculty are advised to use this checklist to ensure all necessary steps of the SUNY Guidance are met in ALL situations where students will be in the community as part of their academic work. This includes in-person and on-site service-learning / community-engaged or applied learning experiences. These guidelines MUST be completed prior to student(s) reporting to their assigned organization/agency.
If you have any questions regarding service-learning / community-engaged learning, please contact the Civic and Community Engagement Office (CCE) at 878-3919. More information can also be found on the CCE faculty webpage. More information on applied learning experiences can be found on the Applied Learning webpage.
Do you need community partners for a spring course? Fostering good relationships takes time. In order to effectively identify community partners for the spring semester, the CCE must be aware of your service-learning course and need for community partners by January 22, 2021. We cannot guarantee that community partners can be identified after this date. Our goal is to help you establish meaningful community experiences for your students, and positive outcomes for the community. Contact us today to discuss your partner needs.
Service-learning at SUNY Buffalo State is driven by faculty who choose to incorporate a community-based learning project into a course that provides students with hands-on opportunities to learn course content while engaging with local communities. The Civic and Community Engagement Office provides a strong support system for faculty using service-learning including
• assisting in identifying relevant community-based projects;
• developing partnerships with community partner agencies;
• assisting with course conversion and service-learning course designation;
• coordinating student schedules and assisting students with logistical arrangements;
• providing orientation sessions to introduce students to service-learning, answer questions about community partner agencies, scheduling, logistics, and safety, in efforts to ensure the success of the partnerships;
• networking with SUNY Buffalo State service-learning faculty members and faculty members at other regional institutions through the Western New York Service-Learning Coalition;
• conducting faculty training and other professional development opportunities, including a faculty fellowship program and a conference on service-learning in partnership with the Western New York Service-Learning Coalition;
• offering student and community partner assessment opportunities to help determine the effectiveness of the service-learning component of your course;
• recognizing faculty and students who have demonstrated excellence in service-learning at the annual Celebration of Community Engagement.
The Civic and Community Engagement Office staff is delighted to meet with you throughout the semester to discuss anything related to incorporating service-learning into your course work. Please feel free to contact Laura Hill Rao, Director, or Joy Guarino, Service-Learning Faculty Coordinator and Professor of Dance in the Theater Department, at 878-3919 to begin the conversation.
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