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Faculty Resources

CPS offers a variety of services aimed at supporting faculty interested in service learning or community-based scholarship. These support initiatives range from a practical course coordination to furthering education about service-learning pedagogy through seminars, conferences, and workshops.

Service Learning Support and Course Coordination

Course coordinators meet with faculty members to discuss the public service graduation requirement, service learning, working in the New Orleans community, and resources available through the Center of Public Service. Course coordinators are an integral resource to the logistical success of quality service learning classes. Coordinators are available to support and guide faculty in the following aspects:

  • Initial meeting to orient faculty to service learning, including discussing and brainstorming potential service projects and how service learning is integrated into the course
  • Set up an initial meeting between faculty and community partners, if desired
  • Give an in-class presentation to students about service learning requirements and expectations
  • Assist faculty and partners in setting up an on-site orientation for students before service projects commence
  • Advise faculty on integrating reflection into the course through written prompts and/or facilitated discussions
  • Are available throughout the semester to consult on potential challenges with the service project
  • Assist with collecting and reporting students' service hours, if applicable
Service Learning Assistants

SLAs are paid undergraduate student leaders who provide around 4 hours per week of direct support to service-learning faculty. This program is designed to reduce the logistical and administrative challenges associated with teaching a service-learning course. Services that SLAs provide for service learning course planning and implementation include:

  • Delivering presentations to communicate the purpose, logistics and context of service-learning 
  • Leading in-class and on-site orientations with the community partner 
  • Assistance with the coordination of student placements 
  • Ongoing problem-solving, mentoring and logistical support for student peers
  • Collection and documentation of relevant service learning course documents (acknowledgement forms, timesheets, etc.)
  • Assistance with planning and facilitating reflection activities
  • Analysis of community partner, student, and faculty mid and end of semester evaluations

All courses coordinated by a Service Learning Assistant are overseen by CPS Senior Program Coordinators who monitor the planning, development, and implementation of the course, providing feedback and guidance to SLAs as necessary.

Course Related Trainings and Reflections

The Community Engagement Advocates are students trained to facilitate dialogues with their peers regarding issues of diversity, equity and inclusion as well as service-learning reflection sessions or various development activities (Complete listing of workshop types listed in the request form). These sessions can take place in the classroom, about community engagement projects, during student organization meetings, in the residence halls and at other campus programs.

Please complete the request form to schedule a team of Community Engagement Advocates to attend your class or program for a 40-minute to 2-hour workshop. Please make all requests at least 2 weeks in advance.

Pre-Engagement Workshops and Training:

  • Entering Communities (1st-Tier)
  • Entering Communities: Business TIDES
  • Entering Communities (2nd-Tier)
  • Working with Youth

Reflections and Workshops:

  • Mid-Semester and Final Reflections (tailored to your course)
  • Race & Racism
  • Classism & Inequality
  • Gender & Sexuality
Faculty Development Workshops

The Center for Public Service is charged to assist faculty in the development, implementation, and improvement of service learning classes; as well as, consult with faculty, provide resources for course development, and promote the scholarship of engagement. Towards those goals, CPS offers faculty development workshops throughout the academic year.

Conference Support

The Center for Public Service encourages faculty to attend and present at community engagement conference. To this end, we have limited funding available to support faculty travel for community engagement related programs.

For more information about any of these resources, please contact Bridget Smith.