SOURCE Service-Learning Community Fellows Program
The SOURCE Service-Learning Community Fellows program is an extension of our SOURCE Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program (FFP) which engages faculty in a year-long program that trains and supports faculty to integrate service-learning into their academic courses. Since the inaugural faculty cohort (2012-13), we have seen an increase of 17 new service-learning courses where faculty have engaged students in meaningful practice and community service experiences with SOURCE community-based organizations (CBOs) while advancing academic outcomes. The SOURCE Service-Learning Community Fellows program occurs alongside the FFP trainings and meetings so that partnering CBOs will gain an understanding of service-learning pedagogy while also finding practical ways to engage with JHU faculty and courses.
The 2013-14 Inaugural Community Fellows cohort was launched in June 2013 with the involvement of three Fellows: Adrienne Atlee from the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Pam Brown from Baltimore Medical System (BMS), and Andrew Timleck from AIRS (AIDS Interfaith Residential Services). In 2014, we accepted 4 more Community Fellows: Gayne Barlow-Kemper (Kennedy Krieger Southeast Early Headstart), Nancy Blackwell (Court Appointed Special Advocates - CASA - of Baltimore), Rebekah Lin Meyer (Living Classrooms Foundation), and Larry Schugam (Baltimore Curriculum Project).
Learn about all of our Community Fellows thorugh their bios here.
We have found that the inclusion of the Community Fellows program has greatly enhanced our ability to collaborate effectively with a philosophy rooted in respect and reciprocity.
The objectives of the SOURCE Service-Learning Community Fellows Program are as follows:
- Understand and utilize service-learning pedagogy, engaging students in critical reflection around power, privilege and ethics in the health fields.
- Design a service-learning project in conjunction with a JHU health professional school faculty member.
- Build new and/or strengthen existing partnerships with Johns Hopkins faculty members and SOURCE.
- 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.
Community Fellows benefits include:
- $2,000 award (either directly to the fellow, or to the fellow’s CBO)
- Valuable professional development opportunity to learn about higher education service-learning and reflective pedagogy.
- Network with faculty from the JHU Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health whereby possible project and scholarly connections can be made.
- Engage in critical dialogue with colleagues regarding the role of service-learning in higher education and the health professions and how it applies to the community.
- Enhance service-learning impact on the community through stronger connections with JHU and gaining an understanding of student learning outcomes.
- Participate in a community of colleagues who are dedicated to fostering strong, reciprocal community-academic partnerships.
SOURCE Service-Learning Community Fellow Program commitments include:
- Participation in a 2.5 day training seminar (Scheduled June 9-11, 2014). 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.
- Attend quarterly check-in meetings with other Community and Faculty Fellows.
- Participate in at least one scholarly academic-community partnership throughout the year (e.g. serve as a preceptor for a service-learning course project, internship, or other for-credit scholarly projects).
- Community Fellows Project (e.g. assist with handbooks, preceptor module, or enhancing materials for SOURCE CBOs/preceptors).
- Presentation of your activities and benefits of the Community Fellows Program in April 2014.
Applications for the 2015-16 Community Fellows Cohort will be available in January 2015