The Carolina Center for Public Service connects the energy and expertise of both the University and the community to provide faculty and staff with deep and transformative experiences. Through engaged scholarship and service, we work together to create collaborative and interdisciplinary solutions to local and global challenges.

  • Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program

    The Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program is an initiative of the Carolina Center for Public Service to advance faculty involvement in engaged scholarship. The first class of eight Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars was selected in October 2007 to participate in learning about and pursuing community engagement through scholarly endeavors. It is a two-year program with a new cohort of at least eight scholars entering every other year. Dr. Ronald Strauss serves as faculty director and Mr. Melvin Jackson as community director.

  • Teach A Service-Learning Course

    APPLES offers an array of services and resources to assist faculty in the development and integration of service-learning experiences in the classroom. Although specific understandings of service-learning pedagogy vary as the field has grown, the range of definitions has begun to converge on several core characteristics of service-learning. APPLES Service-Learning uses Bringle & Hatcher’s (1995) definition of academic service-learning as a “course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline  and an enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility.”

    At a minimum, service-learning courses must meet the following criteria:

    • the course has a formal, academic curriculum that is rooted in the discipline in which the course is being offered
    • the course contains a set of organized community-based learning activities through which students directly serve a constituency as a means to address an identified community need through a minimum of 30 hours of service
    • the course provides structured opportunities for students to critically connect their service activities to the course curriculum

    The APPLES staff is available to all faculty and instructors interested in service-learning pedagogy. This guide will assist with learning more about the basics of service-learning pedagogy and course development. Each semester, APPLES is working with more faculty, new disciplines and exciting courses. Faculty new to service-learning should contact the APPLES office to schedule a consultation with a staff member.

  • Service-Learning Course Development Grant

    APPLES solicits proposals for $5,000 service-learning course development grants from faculty and instructors across campus teaching undergraduate, graduate and professional students. APPLES seeks to award up to seven $5,000 grants to develop new or modify existing courses that successfully integrate community-based service into the curriculum and promote the pedagogy of service-learning at UNC.

  • Service-Learning Course Enhancement Grant

    Grants up to $500 are awarded to APPLES faculty every semester. These grants can fund course development materials or support required for APPLES service-learning courses. Past course enhancement grants provided supplies for a community cooking class, funding for a field trip to a nuclear reactor and computer software to assist with community-based research. Apply now through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.

  • APPLES Service-Learning Award for Teaching Excellence

    Established in 2004, the Teaching Excellence Award honors a faculty member who integrates service experiences into the academic curriculum while inspiring students to make significant contributions in the community and the classroom. Recipients of the Teaching Excellence Award have been involved with the APPLES Service-Learning program, demonstrated a sustained commitment to service-learning, and are dedicated to positive community impact through service.

  • Ned Brooks Award for Public Service

    The Ned Brooks Award recognizes a staff or faculty member of the UNC-Chapel Hill community who throughout his/her career has, in a collaborative and sustained manner, made a difference in the larger community.

  • Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award

    The Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award recognizes faculty members or university units for exemplary engaged scholarship in service to the state of North Carolina. The service should serve as an example of excellence, including responsiveness to community concerns and strong community partnerships. Three Provost awards will be given, one each for engaged teaching, engaged research and engaged partnership.

  • Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award

    Four Robert E. Bryan Public Service Awards are given for a specific effort (rather than an overall record) exemplifying outstanding engagement and service to the state of North Carolina. Bryan Awards recognize an outstanding undergraduate student, graduate student, staff member and officially recognized student organization.

  • Workshops & Training

    • Course Development Institute on Service-Learning

      The Course Development Institute on Service-Learning is held every May. Topics include service-learning pedagogy, faculty course models, partnership development and course design. Faculty and instructors new to service-learning as well as those with experience are encouraged to attend. There is no cost for UNC participants, however, space is limited.

    • Skills and Practices of Engaged Scholarship

      The Skills and Practices of Engaged Scholarship Consortium hosts one and a half-hour seminars to support community engagement and engaged scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sessions are sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence, the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute and the Carolina Center for Public Service. Check the CCPS events calendar for series schedule.

  • Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars
  • Teach a Service-Learning Course