March 1, 2018

Spring Workshop

Spring Faculty Development Workshop

Each spring, the VA Engage Network hosts a free, half-day workshop for faculty members who are teaching service-learning and community-based classes. The workshop is designed specifically to help higher education faculty members deepen their skills in providing high-quality service-learning and community-based academic classes. Traditionally, the Spring Faculty Development Workshop is co-sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond and held each February in Richmond, VA.

2019 Spring Faculty Development Workshop

Engaging Community Partners as Co-Educators in Community-Based Learning and Service-Learning

Friday, February 8th, 2019, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Facilitated by Melody C. Porter, Director, Office of Community Engagement, William & Mary; and Mike Rackett, Assistant Professor, VCU ASPiRE, Virginia Commonwealth University

Location: University of Richmond, Carole Weinstein International Center, Room TBD

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This faculty development workshop, offered by the VA Engage Network in coordination with the University of Richmond Bonner Center for Civic Engagement and the VCU Office of Service-Learning, is designed for instructors who are teaching community-engaged or service-learning courses.

The interactive half-day workshop will focus on involving community partners and members as co-educators in community-based learning. Participants will consider topics including: best practices for developing productive partnerships; the variety of roles partners can play in educating students; strategies for troubleshooting potential challenges; and understanding possible benefits for all involved. Based in a critical service-learning framework, the workshop will also explore ways that partners can expand our understanding of teaching, learning, and social change beyond traditional practice. All levels of experience welcome; bring your questions and tips to share.

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For more information, contact Katie Elliott, VCU associate director of service-learning, at

Previous workshop topics have included:

February 2018     Developing Students’ Professional Identities and Skills Through Community-Engaged Teaching
and Service-Learning.
February 2017    Embodied Reflection in Community-Engaged Learning.
February 2016    Empathy Development and Service-Learning.

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