For Instructors Only
Do all the required hours for “community engagement” need to be working with people in some capacity?
NO! Working with community partners can take many forms:
“Feet on the Ground” = total hours.
Professors require students to work directly with the community for the entire ACE experience. Examples: (1) Victimology class taught a self-defense class at a senior housing community; (2) Preservice teachers work directly with children in a school situation; (3) Health class mentoring students at the Boys and Girls Club.
“Feet on the Ground” + preparation time = total hours.
Professors expect students to spend some of the ACE hours preparing for their direct work with the community partner. Examples: (1) Theatre Arts class perform interactive stories for elementary students; (2) Business students develop marketing plan for local businesses; (3) English students write oral histories for members of the senior centers.
Preparation time = total hours.
Students have little direct contact with the community partner. Besides the time the community partner presents the need to the class and provides necessary information connected with the need, most all the students’ required hours are used researching, compiling, creating a product, etc. Examples: (1) Psychology students created pamphlets to place in doctors’ offices explaining specific issues that were written in “reader friendly” text more appropriate for the reading level of the general public; (2) Foreign Language classes translated important information into a variety of languages so that the text was accessible to all and distributed them to the nonprofit organization; (3) A Mass Communication class created Public Service Announcements for nonprofits.×
HIGHLIGHT the place in the syllabus in which you explain the importance of community engagement. Possibilities used in other classes:
IN A HEALTH CLASS:
In this Academic Community Engagement (ACE) course, you will collaborate with an organization as part of your field experience/clinical placement and explore a variety of ways to interact with your population as you apply your knowledge and skills. It is hoped that you will see yourself as a positive force within the organization and the impact your actions will have on the population you serve in promoting health.
IN A SOCIOLOGY CLASS:
In this Academic Community Engagement (ACE) course, you will not only learn knowledge and skills, but also actively use them to make a difference in our community to improve the quality of life. This experience, it is hoped, will help you see yourself as a positive force in this world and deepen your understanding of your role as a citizen.
A GENERIC ONE THAT CAN BE EDITED TO FIT YOUR CLASS:
This is an Academic Community Engagement (ACE) course in which you will not only learn knowledge and skills, but also actively use them as you collaborate with _______(an organization)_______. This experience, it is hoped, will help you see yourself as a positive force in this world to make a difference.×