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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
Reflections and 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.
Our flagship training is the Faculty Seminar on Service Learning, a 10 week seminar on service-learning and a syllabus development workshop, offered every semester. It covers theory around pedagogy, campus-community partnerships, the place of civic and democratic values in the university, diversity & inclusion, and institutional identity. At the same time, it is grounded by a very practical goal: helping participants develop, revise, and improve their service-learning courses and syllabi. Stipend of $1600 available for tenured, tenure-track, or POP faculty. RSVP here or click here for more information.
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.