Friday, February 8th, 2013
Faculty Focus: February 2013

Dear Friends,

The spring semester is going strong with hundreds of Tulane students applying, reflecting on, and deepening their academic learning by engaging with the community!

The continued success and growth of programs offered in partnership with the Center for Public Service (CPS) are a direct result of faculty members like yourselves launching innovative collaborations with students and the community. We are grateful to be working with such devoted faculty and we at CPS are ready to assist you in sustaining those projects and in developing new initiatives   

Included in this newsletter are upcoming CPS deadlines for faculty members, a faculty profile, events that may be of interest to faculty, and some resources from the field including California Campus Compact's recent publication showcasing the power of partnerships for economic recovery.

For more information on our programs and faculty resources, I encourage you to explore CPS on the web - - and to visit us in Alcee Fortier Hall.

Best regards,

Vincent Ilustre
Executive Director



Professor Vicky Mayer, Communication 


As a recipient of a Center for Public Service (CPS) Community-Based Research Grant during the 2010-2011 academic year, Vicky Mayer established MediaNola, a project that connects the community, Tulane service learners, and her own teaching and research.


Through service learning courses and activities, Mayer has partnered with numerous agencies, including the Bayou Keepers (Neighborhood Partners Network) and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities/KnowLA project.


Mayer, pictured above-center, was the 2012 recipient of the Barbara E. Moely Service Learning Teaching Award in recognition of bringing classrooms to life through engaged community partnerships. 



(Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano) 




"Partnering in Tough Times: Service-Learning for Economic Vitality"
 -- Julie Plout (California Campus Compact)

Social Innovation Generation: California Recovery and Renewal Initiative (SIG:CARE) was part of California Campus Compact's three-year initiative from 2009-2012 which focused on catalyzing and mobilizing colleges and universities to aid in the state's recovery and renewal through service, service-learning and inventive solutions embedded in social entrepreneurship, microfinance and social investment.

"Community-Engaged Scholarship: Critical Junctures in Research, Practice, and Policy"
-- Lisa Wenger, Linda Hawkins, and Sarena D. Seifer

The authors of this 2012 articles report on the findings of a conference that convened diverse international leaders to consider what is known about community-engaged scholarship in higher education and its implications. The conference was structured around four themes relevant to catalyzing institutional change: (1) advances in community-engaged scholarship; (2) the development of community-engaged scholars; (3) structures and policies that support community-engaged scholarship; (4) strategies for institutional change.

"Unpacking Faculty Engagement: The Types of Activities Faculty Members Report as Publicly Engaged Scholarship During Promotion and Tenure"
-- Chris R. Glass, Diane Me. Doberneck, and John H. Schweitzer

This 2011 article describes a study that was conducted at a large research institution to better understand the nature and scope of faculty publicly engaged scholarship. The authors stress that "institutions striving to support community engagement should not simply take a 'one size fits all' approach to faculty development" and make a case for resource allocation that supports various types of publicly engaged scholarship (p. 26).

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Tulane University Center for Public Service
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In This Issue
From the Director
Spotlight on Tulane Faculty
Resources from the Field


Friday, February 8
Spring 2013 Service Learning Course Activity Fund applications due

Friday, February 15
Fall 2013 Service Learning Course Proposals and Renewals must be submitted via CPSIS

CPS Events
Click here for more info

Friday, February 22
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 
"Engaged Scholarship - Research and Assessment" 
Friday, March 15 
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 
"Unpacking the Dimension of Publicly-Engaged Scholarship: Implications for Faculty Advancement"
*Sponsored by the Office of the Provost 

External Events

February 27 - March 1
Gulf South Summit on Service Learning in Higher Education (Louisville, KY)

Thursday, March 7
East Carolina University Symposium: Ethics of Public Service (Greenville, NC)

March 13-16
24th Annual National Service-Learning Conference (Denver, CO)



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