Service Learning Faculty Fellows Training

Join the hundreds of faculty who have participated in the Western New York Service-Learning Coalition (WNYSLC) Faculty Fellowship Program to engage over 10,000 students in community-based learning. Please click here to apply. Applications are due by May 8th.

Fellowship Purpose

Service-learning faculty fellows will acquire an in-depth understanding of community engagement pedagogies and their use in service-learning courses during this intensive two-day training program facilitated by nationally recognized experts, and will be supported through the process of converting an existing course or creating a new course which incorporates service-learning.

Research demonstrates that connecting the classroom to the community through service-learning is an effective pedagogical strategy. College students who participate in civic engagement learning activities not only earn higher grade point averages but also have higher retention rates and are more likely to complete their college degree. They also demonstrate improved academic content knowledge, critical thinking skills, written and verbal communication, and leadership skills. Learn the skills and techniques necessary to incorporate this effective teaching methodology.

Faculty Fellow Program Dates and Location

Medaille College in Buffalo, NY will host Faculty Fellows on Monday, May 18 and Tuesday, May 19, 2020.  Fellows must commit to attend both days of the program.


Fellowships are open to all faculty and staff from any department at a 2019-2020 WNYSLC member institution including:

  • Daemen College
  • Hilbert College
  • Medaille College
  • Niagara University
  • SUNY Buffalo State
  • SUNY Erie
  • Trocaire College

Individuals from other institutions are also invited to attend for a nominal fee of $100.

The Fellow application is available online and may be submitted by individual faculty, by teams of faculty, or by departments interested in team-teaching or interdisciplinary collaborations. Applications are due by May 8th.

Faculty Fellows will receive

  • professional service-learning and course conversion training and support;
  • assistance in identifying partner community groups or agencies and the opportunity to meet and converse with representatives from community organizations.

Expectations of Faculty Fellows

  • Participate in both days of the service-learning faculty fellowship training.
  • Design a new course or modify an existing course to include a service-learning component.
  • Identify service-learning partner community organization(s) and meet with partner(s) to plan project and share service-learning objectives (e.g. syllabus).
  • Teach the service-learning course during the following academic year.
  • Share student reflections and feedback, if appropriate.
  • Attend follow-up faculty fellow sessions as necessary.
  • Maintain involvement in campus community engagement initiatives and WNYSLC.

WNYSLC member institution members can contact Rachel Wozniak, WNYSLC Director, for more information.