Faculty Roles and Responsibilities

The central role of the faculty member is to help students link the service to course learning objectives. The faculty member prepares students for the service, guides critical reflection on the service, and assesses student learning. Through reflective activities, students enhance their understanding of course content, general knowledge, sense of civic responsibility, self-awareness and commitment to the community.

Preparation or Engagement includes assisting students to:
    • Understand the purpose of the service and its relationship to course objectives;
    • Select appropriate service sites and roles; and
    • Enter and exit the community with respect and sensitivity.

    • Critical reflection is a thoughtfully constructed process that challenges and guides students in:
      • Examining critical issues related to their community learning project
      • Connecting the service experience to coursework
      • Enhancing the development of civic skills and values
      • Finding personal relevance in the work.
      • Refer to the reflection section for examples of reflection activities.

    • Assessment of student service should be based on demonstrated learning. Evaluation of student learning usually involves measurement of:
      • Feedback from the site supervisor about outcomes of student activities and student performance. If students are working in teams, feedback from team members may be considered.
      • Assessment of student mastery of course learning objectives through traditional evaluation tools like written and oral reports, exams, and/or classroom activities.
      • Assessment of student ability to reflect upon the service experience and to integrate learning from service activities, readings, and classroom presentations through written or on-line journals, structured discussions, and any of the traditional evaluation tools listed above.