Faculty & Staff Programs
Scroll down for more information on the University’s paid Community Service Leave program.
The Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars (FES) program is a CCPS initiative that advances faculty involvement in engaged scholarship. In October 2007, the first class of eight Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars together began learning about and pursuing community engagement through scholarly endeavors. FES 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 Melvin Jackson is community director.
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 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 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 advise any faculty and instructors interested in service-learning pedagogy. Each semester, APPLES works with more faculty, new disciplines and novel course content. Faculty new to service-learning should contact the APPLES office to schedule a consultation with a staff member.
The University recognizes the importance of community service and supports the commitment of UNC-Chapel Hill employees to engage in volunteer service for civic, charitable or humanitarian reasons. The Community Service Leave (CSL) program gives employees paid leave to perform volunteer service with schools, certain community service organizations or human service organizations. Watch a short video on some of the local programs.
You’re eligible to use CSL if you’re a SHRA permanent employee, EHRA permanent non-faculty or 12-month EHRA faculty regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week.
The Community Engaged Scholars Directory showcases individuals from across UNC-Chapel Hill who conduct community engaged scholarship. The Carnegie Foundation defines such engagement as “the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.” If you’d like to be listed in the directory, submit through the CCPS application and nomination portal.