Programs and Services for Faculty

Below you will find opportunities sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement for Faculty at Binghamton University. If you have any questions regarding an opportunity, or you would like more information, reach us by email at and we will get back to you. 

For more opportunities, explore our Events Calendar and our Faculty Newsletter.

2014-15 Faculty Academic Support Initiative

Center for Civic Engagement and Center for Learning and Teaching Present:

Engaged Fellows Program and Course Support Mini-grants


Engaged Fellows for Teaching Excellence

Meet the 2014-15 Engaged Fellows

Purpose: The Engaged Fellows for Teaching Excellence program will support and guide faculty in designing their own Academic Service-Learning course. Monthly interactive discussion sessions will support participants in creating a service-learning class or incorporating a community component into an existing course. This program is open to instructors of every rank and discipline. Faculty who are new to community-engaged pedagogy, as well as those with previous experience, are encouraged to apply.
Rationale: In addition to providing direct benefits to community members, service-learning strengthens the academic curriculum by engaging students in real-world settings, where they can apply class teachings. Community-based learning ultimately leads to a much deeper level of understanding of course content, development of professional skills, and contextual insights. Service-learning methodology is recognized by the Association of American Colleges & Universities as one of the top forms of High Impact Educational Practices. This initiative supports the Binghamton University academic culture that values high quality teaching (Road Map Strategic Priorities 2 & 4).
Description: Four to eight selected Fellows will meet as a group for monthly interactive course development sessions from December 2014 to May 2015. During this time, the Fellows will work closely with the CCE Faculty Engagement Associate, Instructional Designers from the Center for Learning and Teaching, and one another to develop well-integrated community components into a course.

Each participant will receive a stipend ranging from $1,200 to $3,000 (depending on their proposed scope of work) and commit to producing the following deliverables: an overview of the community component to be embedded in the course (including specific community partners), examples of reflection activities and assessment strategies, a syllabus for their new course, and a completed application for Academic Service-Learning designation. In addition to the required monthly sessions, each Fellow will also receive individual guidance and support from the Faculty Engagement Associate and Instructional Designers, as requested. Fellows will present on their courses at the Engaged Scholarship Institute event in March 2015. Fellows will also have an opportunity to meet individually or in a small group with the Institute Keynote Speaker Dr. Richard Kiely, Director of Engaged Learning + Research at Cornell University (nationally renowned as a service-learning scholar). In order to participate as a Fellow, faculty must demonstrate departmental approval prior to enrollment. Some preference will be given to those who develop projects with local school districts (though direct K-12 student service is not required).
Course Development Sessions: Monthly Fellows meetings will be required to support the development of all components and aspects of a service-learning course, as well as provide opportunities for Fellows to network and collaborate. The topics of each session will be determined by the interests and needs of the Fellows and may include: theory and practice of community engagement, reflection strategies, creating effective & sustainable connections with community partners, assessing impacts and producing engaged scholarship. For examples of Binghamton courses with community-based projects already established, visit the Course Designation page of our website.
Outcomes: Through informal interactions and structured discussions, Fellows will create a community of support with other colleagues facilitating high-impact practices. More novice instructors will have a chance to learn from those experienced with service-learning. Fellows may also have the opportunity to mentor others in their respective departments upon completion of the program.

Mini-Grants Available to Support
Community-Based Courses

2014-15 Faculty Academic Support Initiative

As part of the new CCE Faculty Academic Support Initiative, mini-grants are available to off-set expenses associated with courses that have been officially designated as Academic Service –Learning or Community-Engaged Learning. Examples of allowable expenses include: student transportation to community project sites, honoraria for hosting community speakers or materials or other direct costs of community components within a course. Funds may not be used for faculty, assistant, or student stipends or salaries.

All designated undergraduate and graduate courses in all disciplines are eligible. The designation application process takes 2-3 weeks. To learn about how to have a course designated or to see examples of designated courses, visit the Course Designation page of our website. Funds will be released to instructors following the submission of a summary of expenses and receipts. Submit the application online by December 16, 2014. Applicants will be notified by January 12, 2015.


  • To be used for courses taught during Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 semesters
  • Up to $500 may be requested
  • Specific details regarding how it will be spent
  • Application deadline is 12/16/14

Presentations & Meetings About ASL & CEL Course Designation

By Appointment

The University has recently begun the process of designating Academic Service-Learning and Community-Engaged Learning Courses in the BANNER system. However, in order for courses to be designated, faculty must fill out an application form. Information submitted through the application form will be reviewed by a committee of faculty members who will provide suggestions and recommendations (if necessary) on how to ensure the course passes the designation process. If departments and/or individual faculty members would like someone to walk them through the application process, please contact Dr. Jessica Arends to set up a time to meet.

One-on-one Assistance with Project and Course Development

By Appointment

Location: UU 137

Faculty are encouraged to come and speak with CCE Staff about their community engagement efforts. 

Wondering how to incorporate a community component into your course? Not sure how to construct a syllabus for your Service-Learning class? Interested in engaging with the community is some way but not sure how to start? Need a sounding board to help you explore/develop a project in the community? The CCE's Faculty Engagement Associate, Dr. Jessica Arends is available to meet with you. Send her an email to set up a meeting time.

Contact: Dr. Jessica Arends

CCE Roundtable Luncheons

The Center for Civic Engagement is continuing to host informal luncheons to provide a venue for faculty to discuss their teaching and research with colleagues from across campus to identify potential common areas of interest or points of synergy. Upcoming Roundtable Luncheon topics include:

Fall 2014 Faculty Roundtable Schedule

Download Roundtable Poster (pdf 238 KB)

Previous Roundtable Discussions

Difficult Discussions - Completed

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: IASH Conference Room in the Library

This roundtable explored how we as instructors address difficult or controversial topics in the classroom. Possible topics include current events, race, class, poverty, privilege or any other potentially sensitive issue that could arise in the classroom, be it part of the planned curriculum or unplanned. Facilitated by Faculty Engagement Associate Jessica Arends, this roundtable was open to instructors from all disciplines and was especially relevant for those teaching or planning to teach discussion-based or community-engaged courses.

Last Updated: 12/12/14