Faculty & Staff

Course Development

The Center for Service and Learning (CSL) has designated course development funds to support IUPUI faculty and academic staff interested in incorporating social issues, participatory methods, and/or civic/community engagement activities into their courses using service learning pedagogy. The target audiences for this grant program include faculty and instructional staff seeking to develop new or transform a preexisting courses based on the use of best practices in service learning course design and assessment. Graduate, professional, and undergraduate course proposals will be considered.

In particular, the center is keen to support course development guided by one or more of the following objectives:

  • Engages departments and/or levels of the curriculum traditionally underrepresented in service learning at IUPUI.
  • Promotes deep learning within a single or across multiple disciplinary frameworks.
  • Fosters critical and integrative reasoning and associated skill building—particularly when geared to enhance a learner’s capacity to collaborate across cultural and social boundaries, to hone ethical/moral reasoning in real-world settings and/or to support enhanced public problem solving and knowledge generation.
  • Incorporates innovative uses of instructional technology that not only support collaborative student learning but also enhance the role of community voice within the course/program.
  • Targets underrepresented, first generation, transfer, and/or at-risk student populations.
  • Connects with and builds on preexisting courses within a program of study to improve scaffolding for high-impact, community-engaged learning experiences at key thresholds (e.g., gateway courses, intro to the major, capstone courses, etc.).
  • Enhances IUPUI’s relationship with the neighborhoods and organizations located in Indianapolis’s Near West.

Full-time faculty members (including full-time lecturers and clinical faculty) from all academic units at IUPUI are eligible to apply. In addition, part-time faculty and full-time academic staff, with a demonstrated record of teaching at IUPUI (two or more years) may also apply for these grants. In-unit teaching should be documented in the curriculum vita and referenced in the support letter from the department chair, program director, or dean.


Amount of Support: $3,000
Number of Awards: Maximum of 10
Application Deadline: Not available at this time

Course Design

Instructors awarded service learning course development grant funds will work with CSL staff to design courses that:

  • Provide evidence of student learning and community outcomes,
  • Have clear goals and adequate preparation for students and community partners,
  • Clearly articulate learning and service outcomes, and
  • Implement best practices in community-campus partnerships.

Format for Consultations and Meetings

The format for this program is built on the concept of a community of practice. Communities of practice provide a collaborative framework to draw on the assets of all participants in ways that maximize individual and group learning. This framework requires a commitment by those involved to attend scheduled meetings. To this end, grantees are expected to participate in a three-part orientation. Due to the nature of our activities on these days, we will not be able to schedule make-up sessions.

Subsequent summer meetings will be one-on-one unless otherwise requested by the group. One-on-one consultations will be scheduled and guided by the specific issues and needs identified each grantee. Two additional meetings will be scheduled, one in the fall 2013 and one in spring 2014. Dates are TBD.

Written Reports

Grant recipients are required to track their progress and submit a final report that will include a copy of the final syllabus, a selection of associated assignments, and aggregated assessment results from the first implementation of the new/redesigned course. These reports will be compiled and referenced in campuswide reports submitted by the CSL to campus executive leadership. Additional information on the reporting process will be discussed at grant orientation.


During the 12 months following the initial grant period, grant program participants are expected to present on the results of their grant project to peers in either a campus-based format (e.g., Edward C. Moore Symposium, Robert G. Bringle Showcase and Symposium, Engaged Scholar’s Roundtable, FACET, School or departmental meeting, etc.) or externally (e.g., Lilly Conference, Disciplinary Teaching and Learning Conference, Indiana Campus Compact Service Engagement Summit, Community Forum, etc.).

Stipend and Additional Support

Funded faculty and academic staff will receive a $3,000 stipend to support summer course development activities. These funds will be paid as two lump sum salary supplemental payments over the summer of 2013. Grant recipients may also apply for a Service Learning Assistant (SLA) ($750–$1,500 per semester) to assist with course development and implementation during the 2013–2014 academic year.

Other costs associated with course development, implementation (i.e., transportation, copy, or materials costs) and assessment must be covered through other funding sources (external grants, the grant recipient’s department/school, etc.).

Past and Present Grant Recipients

2013–2014 Cohort

Andre Buchenot, School of Liberal Arts
Charmayne Champion-Shaw, School of Liberal Arts
Andrea Ferreira-Zandona, Dentistry
Aaron Ganci, Herron School of Art & Design
Connie Justice, Engineering & Technology
Josh Plaskoff, Kelley School of Business
Scott Raymond, Engineering & Technology
Rosa Tezanos-Pinto, School of Liberal Arts

2012–2013 Cohort

Brian Culp
Dina David, Communication Studies
Meryl Krieger, Sociology
Fengyi Kuo, Occupational Therapy
Darrell Nickolson, Design & Communications Technology
Mike Polites
Ronald Sandwina, Communication Studies
Philip Scarpino, History
Rebecca Shrum, History
Regina Turner, Communication Studies
Cindy Williams, Psychology

Questions? Contact Mary Price: or 317-278-2662.