SOURCE Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program
“Service-learning is a structured learning experience that combines community service with preparation and reflection. Students engaged in service-learning provide community service in response to community-identified concerns and learn about the context in which service is provided, the connection between their service and their academic coursework, and their roles as citizens.”
Seifer S.D. (1998). Service-learning: Community-campus partnerships for health professions education. Academic Medicine, 73(3): 273-277.
More information on service-learning in the health professions can be found at:
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, www.ccph.info
SOURCE will be accepting applications for the 2015-16 Faculty Fellows cohort starting in February 2015. Feel free to browse this page and the other Fellows webpages for more information in the meantime.
- Assist faculty as they create new or transform existing courses to incorporate service-learning as the pedagogy used.
- Create and expand the network of service-learning faculty who engage in service-learning pedagogy and research.
- Increase the number of experiential learning courses for students in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health. Some of these JHSPH courses may also fulfill CEPH practicum requirements.
- Strengthen the connection between the Johns Hopkins University health professional schools and SOURCE community partners in Baltimore City.
- Ultimately, contribute to improving the health—defined broadly—of Baltimore residents.
Example Service-Learning Courses:
- Program Planning for Health Behavior Change: Students work in teams to apply skills in strategies for health behavior change through targeted projects such as with the Recess Baltimore program through the American Heart Association and International Rescue Committee (IRC) – Women’s Protection and Empowerment Unit.
- Baltimore Food Systems: Students will serve at local organizations involved in the local food movement. Additionally, they will conduct interviews with local leaders in the food movement and community-based organizations.
As a result of the FFP, faculty will be able to…
- Understand and utilize service-learning pedagogy, engaging students in critical reflection around power, privilege and ethics in the health fields.
- Design and implement an academically rigorous course that integrates student learning with community-identified needs. Plan and implement a new or revamped course using service-learning.
- Build new and/or strengthen existing partnerships with a Baltimore-based health and human services organization or non-profit.
- Engage in critical dialogue with colleagues regarding the role of service-learning in higher education and the health professions. Network and collaborate with colleagues engaged in service-learning pedagogy.
- Understand and explain service-learning to students, colleagues and community partners.
- Develop plans to incorporate scholarship in their service-learning work.
- Participate in a community of colleagues who are dedicated to working with and for communities.
Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Commitments:
- Participation in a 2.5 day training seminar (Mon, June 8th 5-8pm, Tues, June 9th 9am-5pm, and Wednesday, June 10th 9am-5pm). The workshop will include (but is not limited to) the following topics: Service-Learning & SOURCE Overview; Service-Learning & the Health Fields; Models of Community Partnerships & Projects; Service-Learning Course Design; Critical Reflection and Critical Pedagogy; Evaluation & Assessment in Service-Learning; Action Planning; Scholarship applied to Service-Learning.
- Design a new course or revamp an existing course so that it uses service-learning as its primary pedagogy. SOURCE will connect interested Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) to relevant courses for service-learning’s experiential element.
- Attend 3 additional check-in meetings with the FFP cohort and SOURCE staff throughout the academic year.
- Meet one-on-one with SOURCE staff on an as-needed basis regarding consultation of course development and implementation.
- Implement newly designed service-learning course within one year of completion of FFP (timeline depends on the specific course and faculty member).
- Participate in assessment and evaluation of students involved in the service-learning course and for FFP outcomes.
- Help recruit and mentor new Faculty Fellows.
- Present on experience in year-end panel, presentation and celebration.
General Timeline – 2015-16 Academic Year
February 2015: Applications Open
Mid-April, 2015: Application Due Date
Mid-Late April 2015: Notifications for Accepted Fellows
Wed, April 22, 2015: Fellows Presentation and Celebration from 2014-2015 Cohort
Thurs April 23rd, 2015: FFP Presentations from previous cohort (will take place at SOURCE’s 10-Year Anniversary Celebration)
June 8-10, 2015: 2.5-Day Faculty Fellows Training Seminar
August 2015: First Check-in Meeting
November 2015: Second Check-in Meeting
January 2016: Third Check-in Meeting
March 2016: Fourth Check-in Meeting
April 2016: Presentations and Celebration
*Note: Additional meetings for the entire cohort are scheduled monthly to discuss elements of interest to Fellows and are optional to all Fellows.
- $1,250 award to discretionary account (funds can be used to support community-based and service-learning efforts)
- Valuable professional development opportunity to go beyond traditional teaching methods through service-learning curriculum and reflective pedagogy.
- Opportunity to learn from and work with nationally recognized service-learning scholar from the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) Consultancy Network through the FFP Seminar in June.
- Develop plans to incorporate scholarship into teaching and education.
- Potential to be a leader in service-learning and community-engaged scholarship.
- Streamlined process for finding relevant experiential opportunities for students through SOURCE’s CBO partnership network.
- Fulfill community-identified needs through service-learning projects.
- Enhance student learning of academic content through real-life exposure to context and application of theoretical constructs.
- Increase student awareness and value of diversity through service-learning projects and exposure to multicultural environments.
- Enhance understanding of ways in which reflection can be incorporated into course work and then assessed to gauge student learning.
If you have additional questions about the SOURCE Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program, the FAQs page may be of interest to you. Additional questions? Please contact Elizabeth Doerr, SOURCE’s Associate Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a SOURCE community partner and are interested in applying for the Community Fellows program, you can find the information at the Community Fellows Information Page.