Envisioning 2024 Pathways

2017 - 2018 Professional Learning Community


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Please contact Sandra Sgoutas-Emch, Chris Nayve or Mike Williams for more information and an application.

Each year the Center for Educational Excellence supports a professional or faculty learning community on an important topic that impacts students and faculty at USD.

We are inviting you to be a participant in what promises to be a very interesting and engaging Professional Learning Community (PLC) on incorporating community engagement, diversity, inclusion, social justice, and changemaking into the classroom. This proposed community is in response to the implementation of the new strategic plan for the University entitled Envisioning 2024, and, more specifically, the pathways of access, changemaking, and engaged scholarship.

Next year’s community–which has been developed in coordination with the Center for Inclusion and Diversity, the Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness, and Social Action, and the Changemaker Hub--is focused on how faculty can cohesively incorporate community engagement, diversity, inclusion, social justice, and changemaking into their courses and their research agendas. As USD implements Envision 2024, there is an opportunity for faculty and staff to explore how they can confront humanity’s most urgent challenges through teaching, research, and service. The purpose of this community is to provide faculty and staff with a variety of resources, strategies, and immersion experiences that focus on this theme and to develop partnerships among faculty and staff from a variety of disciplines and areas.

You don’t have to be an expert! These communities work best if there are different levels of experience. Tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty as well as staff are encouraged to apply. Stipends will be provided to participants who fulfill the expectations outlined below.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Must have been at USD for at least two years
  2. Must have some experience with community service learning and/or community engagement
  3. If staff or junior faculty, must have approval of supervisor or chair to participate

Expectations of Participants:

  1. Attend August 25th workshop
  2. Monthly professional learning community experiences
  3. Attend at least one immersion trip during the 2017-18 academic year
  4. Development of deliverables agreed upon during the learning community sessions such as course development, creation of workshop, scholarly product, etc.

We hope that you will consider joining the group!