Partnership for the Development (PDF) of Faculty in Service Learning & Community Engagement
University of La Verne & Claremont Graduate University Partnership
About the Program
The Partnership for the Development of Faculty (PDF) in Service Learning and Community Engagement is a joint program between the University of La Verne’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement and Claremont Graduate University’s (CGU) Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program. The program seeks to create opportunities for doctoral students to develop pedagogical knowledge and skills in creating and leading service learning and community engagement courses with undergraduate students. Currently, ULV faculty teach courses on topics, such as literacy, day laborers, immigration, homelessness, archiving through activism and youth at risk. The aim is to address the different ways activism and social justice might be addressed together with community partners in the local area.
Doctoral students who have completed their coursework requirements will be selected as PDF Fellows. They will shadow experienced service learning faculty from the University of La Verne through a semester, attending each class and meeting with the faculty to explore ideas and concepts after the course. The PDF Fellow will be invited to teach 2 to 3 times during the semester, receive feedback and engage in self-reflection on their pedagogical development. PDF Fellows will also be required to attend teaching professional development through the PFF program at CGU.
At the end of the semester, the Office of Civic and Community Engagement (ULV) and Preparing Future Faculty (CGU) will determine if an invitation to teach will be extended to the PDF Fellow to teach their own service learning course that meets their scholarly interest through the CS 305: Learning through Community Service courses taught at the University of La Verne.
Up to three CGU and three University of La Verne doctoral students will be selected as PDF Fellows and will receive a $1,000 stipend for their participation.
Our model of service learning engagement draws from Asset Based Community Development and seeks to recognize the gifts, talents, abilities, and assets of our local communities and our students, faculty, and staff. We work collectively toward addressing the most pertinent issues that communities identify by being partners in this process. Undergraduate students connect with community partners in order to complete 20 hours of service, serving approximately three hours per week over the course of a semester. This configuration of service can vary given the social justice issues related to each CS 305 course. The aim is for them to be actively immersed in the organization’s mission, goals, and work.
CS 305 courses have three learning outcomes:
- Understand service as a component of active citizenship, community engagement, and social responsibility
- Demonstrate reciprocity and responsiveness in service work with the community
- Describe and analyze the social issues relevant to the community organization
- You must have completed required doctoral coursework.
- Fill out the application below and include your curriculum vita and a cover letter explaining your interest in and readiness for service learning and community engagement.
- A phone or in-person interview will be set up.
- Applications are due by March 28th 2018. Finalists will be notified soon after.
- There will be 2 meetings/trainings before you begin the Fellowship program in Fall 2018.
The Office of Civic and Community Engagement seeks to promote the University of La Verne’s core value of community and civic engagement by developing mutually beneficial and sustainable relationships between the university and community partners in order to collectively address the region’s most pertinent issues, to bridge theory and practice by connecting and involving our students with community-based service learning, to promote engaged scholarship for our faculty, and to support co-curricular civic and community engagement activities.
The Office of Civic and Community Engagement promotes a commitment to community service, service learning, and community engaged scholarship that instills a sense of responsibility for giving of one’s talents, skills, and abilities to assist in the development of local, regional, and global community-based efforts. The Office invites participatory, collaborative, mutually beneficial, and reciprocal relationships to be developed in order increase the impact of community and civic engagement practices.
About Preparing Future Faculty CGU
PFF offers professional development opportunities through workshops, courses, consulting and coaching to help you develop your knowledge and skills as an educator and leader. PFF around the nation began as part of an initiative to transform graduate students’ preparation for careers in higher education. Launched in 1993 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), this goal is gaining urgency today in the face of significant changes in higher education.
At Claremont Graduate University, we have developed our PFF program to recognize the importance of graduate students understanding these changes and the teaching-learning opportunities and challenges we undertake as future faculty. The PFF program at CGU is part of the university’s mission to address real world issues and to prepare you for “critical, creative leadership responsibilities in an ever-changing world”. In the world of higher education teaching, we prepare you to become faculty and industry professionals with the knowledge, skills, capacities, and imagination to lead others in learning, whether that is in the classroom or the boardroom. The program takes a transformative approach through reflective practice to lead you in developing your identity as a teacher-scholar, so that in becoming aware of your values and beliefs about learning, you are ready to engage students using inclusive, active pedagogy.