SOURCE Service-Learning Faculty & Community Fellows Program
About the SOURCE Service-Learning Faculty & Community Fellows Program
The SOURCE Service-Learning Faculty & Community Fellows Program is a comprehensive program that engages faculty members each year from across the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Public Health and Nursing for a one-year term as they become part of a JHU community of faculty who use service-learning pedagogy. They are trained in service-learning pedagogy alongside Community Fellows, who are competitively selected leaders from SOURCE partnering community-based organizations. Click here for more information about Community Fellows.
Through the program, Fellows receive a $1,500 stipend and are required to integrate a service-learning component into a new or existing course with assistance from SOURCE. Throughout the program, Fellows receive training during an intensive 2 ½ day seminar (see details below) which kicks off the program in June, in addition to ongoing training throughout the year. Additionally, Fellows receive one-on-one consultation with SOURCE staff on service-learning curriculum development and service-learning project development. For each service-learning project, SOURCE identifies potential community partners and ensures an appropriate match to the course and for the organization’s needs.
Initial funding for this program was provided by JHU President Daniels’ office.
“Service-learning is a structured learning experience that combines community service with preparation and reflection. Students engaged in service-learning provide community service in response to community-identified concerns and learn about the context in which service is provided, the connection between their service and their academic coursework, and their roles as citizens.”
Seifer S.D. (1998). Service-learning: Community-campus partnerships for health professions education. Academic Medicine, 73(3): 273-277.
More information on service-learning in the health professions can be found at:
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, www.ccph.info
Faculty Fellows Program Goals
• Assist faculty as they create new or transform existing courses to incorporate service-learning as the pedagogy used.
• Create and expand the network of service-learning faculty who engage in service-learning pedagogy and research.
• Increase the number of experiential learning courses for students in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health. Some of these JHSPH courses may also fulfill CEPH practicum requirements.
• Strengthen the connection between the Johns Hopkins University health professional schools and SOURCE community partners in Baltimore City.
• Ultimately, contribute to improving the health—defined broadly—of Baltimore residents.
Faculty & Community Fellows Seminar is a 2 ½ day training kicking off the program, where faculty fellows, community fellows and Fellows Program Seminar facilitators engage in discussions around a number of important topics in order to integrate service-learning into health professional school curricula. Senior Faculty Fellows, Dr. Vanya Jones, Dr. Kamila Alexander and Dr. Kelly Bower and Senior Community Fellow, Larry Schugam, facilitate the seminar alongside SOURCE leaders. Session topics and discussions include: service-learning & the health fields, service-learning and principles of partnership, experiential learning theories, ethics of service-learning, service-learning course and curriculum design, critical reflection, evaluation and assessment in service-learning, service-learning logistics, working with communities, and scholarship and research in service-learning.