In 2010-2011, the Teaching Excellence Center and the Service Learning Advisory Board awarded the first-ever Teaching Excellence Award for Service Learning. This year, the SLAB is excited to have a new partner for this award, the Office of High Impact Practices. SLAB and HIP are pleased to announce the nomination period for the Service Learning Excellence Award.
One faculty member will be chosen university-wide for excellence in utilizing service learning in the classroom. In addition, the selection committee may choose to recognize a faculty member as a college-wide recipient as well. This faculty member will be recognized at the Conference on High Impact Practices on April 30.
Candidates for the award must be current full-time employees of Stephen F. Austin State University with a minimum of 50 percent of their contractual work load devoted to classroom teaching. Candidates may self-nominate for this award.
The nomination form may be downloaded here. Submissions and all supporting documents should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 16.
We have currently reached our limit for Service Learning Grant funding. Please check back during the Fall 2015 semester.
At SFA, we hope to encourage all faculty and students to value and participate in service learning activities which enhance the community environment, further the student's understanding of the world and hopefully connect to the student's academic program. In order to support this university perspective the Office of Student Affairs Programs has created a grant program for faculty and staff to access funding for worthy service learning projects. Faculty and staff can apply for a limited number of $500 grants in order to implement a service learning project in their classroom that directly connects to the academic curriculum and experience. Service learning grants can help to pay for expenses related to project development and delivery, such as travel, supplies, printing and resource materials.
Interested faculty and staff must submit an application online by the listed deadline. If the application is submitted early, the Student Affairs Programs staff can often provide feedback and advice for suggested revisions.
Please note that we have changed the submission process this semester. Rather than submitting a Word document or PDF, faculty should fill out our online form to submit a proposal.
The deadline for submitting a proposal is 5 p.m. Friday, April 25. Submissions will only be accepted via the online form. More information on the criteria for submitting proposals and receiving a grant can be found here.
We encourage faculty and staff to check back on this website each semester for the most up-to-date application, as modifications are often made to the application based on feedback from grant recipients. The proposed project needs to be implemented during the following semester and should adhere closely to our definition of a service learning project. Grant recipients must work with the Office of Student Affairs Programs for funds allocation and should not spend money without consulting our administrative assistant first. Funds that go unused are returned to the Office of Student Affairs Programs account. Recipients are required to fill out a final report assessment through Campus Labs at the conclusion of the project. Grant recipients may be asked to present the results of their project at a later date.
For more information, contact Student Engagement Programs - Leadership and Service, at email@example.com.
"Service-learning is a particularly fertile way of involving young people in community service, because it ties helping others to what they are learning in the classroom. It enables them to apply academic disciplines to practical, everyday problems. In the process, it provides a compelling answer to the adolescent's perennial question, 'Why do I need to learn this stuff?'" - Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State
Service learning provides students with opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom to "real world" issues in the community. It can be structured in many ways, but most often takes the form of a collaborative, closed-ended project in which individuals, groups or entire classes have the opportunity to demonstrate and relate what they are learning in a way that helps others. Well-designed service-learning projects ensure a balance between student learning and the needs addressed by service sites, to make sure that both are considered in any projects they create.
Service learning, by definition has three primary components:
Addresses a real and compelling issue or problem.
Apply skills learned in an academic setting, and that are connected to an academic course.
Uses purposeful reflection to help students understand what they are learning, the context in which the social issue they are addressing exists and how a society might best approach this issue.
By participating in service learning, students should:
Demonstrate an increased commitment to the class project because the outcomes are not only theoretical, but impact the lives of real people.
Increase their commitment to serving others by better understanding the impact of their services on the issues that people are facing.
Gain critical thinking skills through high impact learning that maximizes both practical and theoretical elements. Studies suggest that this sort of praxis can improve not only information recall but also the ability to apply the information gained from the course content to complex issues and problems.
The Office of Student Engagement - Leadership and Service has built relationships with many local community agencies that utilize student volunteers. There is a great need in the Nacogdoches community for volunteers and SFA students help fill most of this need!
All of these agencies have service opportunities available for SFA students and potential opportunities for service learning project partnerships.
Visit our Service Partners page for more details.
The Office of Student Affairs is committed to providing support for students with disabilities. If you are a student who needs an accommodation to attend or participate in one of our events or student organizations you are encouraged to stop by room 325 in the Human Services Building to make your request. You may also call us at (936) 468-3004, TDD: (936) 468-1004.
If you have an accommodation request please see us as soon as possible, so we can make any arrangements necessary. No accommodations can be provided until a request has been made through the Office of Disability Services. To the greatest extent possible, the Office of Student Affairs, shall observe confidentiality with respect to any request for accommodation.
Students who feel they have not been accommodated appropriately can appeal that decision utilizing the university appeals process. That process can be found at: http://www.sfasu.edu/policies/appeal_proc_rel_stu_disab.asp