Faculty members interested in delving deeper into community engagement including forging community partnerships, understanding how to connect engagement to scholarship and developing service-learning courses are invited to apply to become a Faculty Fellow. Five faculty members are chosen each year to participate in this fellowship program which includes focused training, brown bag lunch chats, and opportunities to participate in professional conferences. Each faculty member selected for this honor is provided with a modest stipend upon completion of their year of immersion in the world of community engagement. Applications available upon request to UMoutreach@montevallo.edu.
Comprised of faculty, staff, students, and community partners, the Service Learning and Community Engagement committee supports the integration of service activities into the academic curriculum through the development of service learning courses and other co-curricular experiences. Members as well as the full committee charge can be accessed through this link. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact Faculty Senate or UMoutreach@montevallo.edu.
University Outreach staff are eager to serve as partners with you in your outreach efforts. One way we can offer our support is to serve as a guest speaker in your course, presenting a myriad of topics to your students such as the value of community service, local, regional, and national service opportunities and reviewing recognitions that are awarded on a regular basis. Additionally, the director of University Outreach is happy to meet with faculty members individually to assist with service-learning course development with our other outreach interests. Feel free to contact the office to schedule an appointment anytime UMoutreach@montevallo.edu.
Service-Learning In a Box
Experiential learning brings courses to life, enabling students to better understand real-world application of course content and connecting them to likely employers. University Outreach has a curriculum available that guides interested faculty members through the development of robust service-learning courses based upon current best practices. If interested, please contact UMoutreach@montevallo.edu.
Click here to access a listing of agencies that invite university faculty, staff, and students to support them and volunteer regularly. You may contact the agency directly to inquire about specific opportunities, or you may request assistance from UM outreach at UMoutreach@montevallo.edu.