SOURCE Service-Learning Community Fellows Program
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 2 at 11:59pm
The SOURCE Service-Learning Community Fellows program is an extension of our SOURCE Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program (FFP) which engages faculty in a year-long program that trains and supports faculty to integrate service-learning into their academic courses. Since the inaugural faculty cohort (2012-13), we have seen an increase of 17 new service-learning courses where faculty have engaged students in meaningful practice and community service experiences with SOURCE community-based organizations (CBOs) while advancing academic outcomes. The SOURCE Service-Learning Community Fellows program occurs alongside the FFP trainings and meetings so that partnering CBOs will gain an understanding of service-learning pedagogy while also finding practical ways to engage with JHU faculty and courses.
The 2013-14 Inaugural Community Fellows cohort was launched in June 2013 with the involvement of three Fellows: Adrienne Atlee from the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Pam Brown from Baltimore Medical System (BMS), and Andrew Timleck from AIRS (AIDS Interfaith Residential Services). In 2014, we accepted 4 more Community Fellows: Gayne Barlow-Kemper (Kennedy Krieger Southeast Early Headstart), Nancy Blackwell (Court Appointed Special Advocates - CASA - of Baltimore), Rebekah Lin Meyer (Living Classrooms Foundation), and Larry Schugam (Baltimore Curriculum Project).
Learn about all our 2016-17 Community Fellows thorugh their bios here.
We have found that the inclusion of the Community Fellows program has greatly enhanced our ability to collaborate effectively with a philosophy rooted in respect and reciprocity.
The objectives of the SOURCE Service-Learning Community Fellows Program are as follows:
- Understand and utilize service-learning pedagogy, engaging students in critical reflection around power, privilege and ethics in the health fields.
- Design a service-learning project in conjunction with a JHU health professional school faculty member.
- Build new and/or strengthen existing partnerships with Johns Hopkins faculty members and SOURCE.
- Engage in critical dialogue with colleagues regarding the role of service-learning in higher education and the health professions. Network and collaborate with colleagues engaged in service-learning pedagogy.
- Understand and explain service-learning to students, colleagues and community partners.
Community Fellows benefits include:
- $1,250 award (either directly to the fellow, or to the fellow’s CBO)
- Valuable professional development opportunity to learn about higher education service-learning and reflective pedagogy.
- Network with faculty from the JHU Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health whereby possible project and scholarly connections can be made.
- Engage in critical dialogue with colleagues regarding the role of service-learning in higher education and the health professions and how it applies to the community.
- Enhance service-learning impact on the community through stronger connections with JHU and gaining an understanding of student learning outcomes.
- Participate in a community of colleagues who are dedicated to fostering strong, reciprocal community-academic partnerships.
SOURCE Service-Learning Community Fellow Program commitments include:
- Participation in a 2.5 day training seminar (Scheduled June 5-7, 2017). The workshop will include (but is not limited to) the following topics: Service-Learning & SOURCE Overview; Service-Learning & the Health Fields; Models of Community Partnerships & Projects; Service-Learning Course Design; Critical Reflection and Critical Pedagogy; Evaluation & Assessment in Service-Learning; Action Planning; Scholarship applied to Service-Learning.
- Attend quarterly check-in meetings with other Community and Faculty Fellows.
- Participate in at least one scholarly academic-community partnership throughout the year (e.g. serve as a preceptor for a service-learning course project, internship, or other for-credit scholarly projects).
- Community Fellows Project (e.g. assist with handbooks, preceptor module, or enhancing materials for SOURCE CBOs/preceptors).
- Presentation of your activities and benefits of the Community Fellows Program in April 2017.