Ms. Leslie R. Doan of the Center for Community-Based Learning spoke to the committee on behalf of Marnie Jones. Ms. Doan’s reported that the center is designed to help faculty and students engage with the community to promote learning and research. Ms. Doan reported that Community-Based Transformational Learning, or CBTL, refers to “intentionally designed, coordinated and executed learning experiences in community-based settings that enhance participants' academic learning, contribute to their personal growth and increase their civic engagement while concurrently benefiting the community or communities in which those activities are embedded”. Ms. Doan reported that the center has a new webpage (https://www.unf.edu/ccb/) and that they also have a faculty and staff page with links to all of their resources. (https://www.unf.edu/ccbl/CBTL_for_Faculty_and_Student_Affairs_Professionals.aspx)
This page details how they support faculty in four different efforts.
The first is the Community Engagement Conference Travel Award Program, which provides some funds for faculty to travel to conferences in which information will be presented about community engagement scholarship.
The second is the Community Engagement Participation Summit. According to Ms. Doan, the center has a summit every year. Information about the previous summit is currently on the website. The 2018 summit will highlight 15 partnerships with at least one from every college. This event is open to faculty, students and community members.
The third is the Community Engagement Research (CER) Faculty Fellowship, which provides opportunities for faculty members to engage in community research and CBTL. This fellowship will be accepting new applications soon.
The fourth is the Community Scholars Program. This program is designed to enhance faculty’s knowledge of and expertise in CBTL. Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will open in January. This program accepts 7 faculty (1 from every college and student services). You do not have to already have an existing partnership with a community organization to apply; you just need to appreciate the value of these types of relationships and learning experiences. This program includes six workshops throughout the academic year and an end of the year project/deliverable.
Ms. Doan also reported that if faculty want to develop a new relationship with a community organization this office can help them get set-up but won’t continue to be an ongoing liaison once the relationship has been made.
Questions were asked about the Community Medallions program:
Ms. Doan’s reported that his program recognizes undergraduate and graduate students who have engaged in community work during their time at UNF. The students must be nominated by a faculty member and community member. The students receive a medallion and are recognized at a ceremony. It is seen as a way to show recognition for community engagement that does not show up on the student’s transcript. Announcements will be sent to faculty and students about applying. The deadline is Oct. 27th at 3:00 PM.