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Ferris Engaged Department Initiative Teamwork Puzzle

An Initiative of the Academic Service-Learning Program at Ferris State University
Call for Proposals

The Ferris Engaged Department Initiative is seeking proposals from teams representing academic schools, departments, or programs within departments that wish to create or strengthen academic service-learning activities with faculty, students, and community partners.

In order to support the development and integration of academic service-learning (ASL) across the curriculum, the Ferris Engaged Department Initiative will:

  • examine current ASL efforts in the curriculum, and explore ways to broaden and deepen the impact of ASL in the curriculum;
  • enhance engagement and continuity with community partners;
  • explore opportunities for scholarly and creative works related to ASL and/or community engagement; and
  • provide structure and resources for faculty to sustain this work.

The Ferris Engaged Department Initiative has funding of up to $10,000 to support this work in one school, department or program, or funding of up to $5,000 to support this work in each of two schools, departments, and/or programs.

Funding for the Initiative is available only during this 18- to 24-month period. The program will be assessed on the following effects:

  • Student learning and development in ASL courses
  • Community impact
  • Student and faculty involvement in ASL and other community-engaged activities
  • New ASL courses and/or changes in curriculum that reflect ASL models
  • Changes in department, program, and/or institutional culture (e.g., funding, support, and collaboration)

Click here for the 2016-18 Proposal Form (Word doc)

Click here for the Proposal Selection Criteria (PDF)

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Learning Communities, Discussion Groups, Workshops, and other Learning Opportunities

If you have in mind a teaching and learning-related topic, theme, technology, scholarly work, teaching method, or other idea that you are interested in exploring with or introducing to faculty and staff, we invite you to send us a Proposal for a Learning Opportunity. We welcome any ideas you may have that relate to teaching, learning, or faculty development – those domains (if you will) that serve as the focal points for the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.  You can access the proposal form here:  Proposal for a Learning Opportunity (Word doc)

We invite proposals from all faculty (tenured, tenure-track, or non-tenure track) and staff for a range of learning opportunities from single-session workshops to multiple sessions (or even semesters). Examples of such opportunities that have been offered in the past include (more details about each are available from the web page at http://www.ferris.edu/fctl/):  

Academic Dishonesty: Defining, Detecting, and Deterring
A Faculty Learning Community Inquiries into Teaching and Learning
A Faculty Learning Community
Democritus to Dalton and Beyond
A Faculty Discussion Group Media Chemistry
A Faculty Learning Community
Presentation Zen
A Book Discussion and Faculty Learning Community Critical Thinking
A Faculty Learning Community


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