Faculty

Each quarter, the Ignatian Center works with over 20 faculty spanning the various academic disciplines at Santa Clara University. Faculty are an essential component of community-based learning as they integrate the learning that takes place in the classroom with the lived-experiences in the community that complete the community-based learning philosophy.

Support is provided to faculty who wish to integrate community-based learning into their courses through collaboration with our community partners. We support CBL in two primary ways:

By supporting student participation in our Arrupe Weekly Engagement Program where students engage directly with our community partners for approximately 2 hours a week during 8 weeks of the quarter.

By collaborating with the faculty members and community partners in developing student projects that meet community needs and connect with course learning goals.

Arrupe Weekly Engagement

For faculty who wish to include the Arrupe Weekly Engagement program as part of a course:

  • Contact our office to request participation before the academic year begins and no later than the third week of the quarter before you will be teaching the course.
  • Provide us with a copy of your syllabus articulating the role of CBL in the course, whether participation is required or optional, and the assignments related to this experience.
  • Discuss with one of the program directors the placement options you would like to offer your students.
  • Schedule time during the first meeting of your course for the Arrupe staff to provide information to your students about the logistics of participation.
  • Visit one of the placement sites either the quarter before you teach or during the quarter. We are happy to facilitate this visit and accompany you, if you like.

Project-based CBL

For faculty interested in developing a student project for a course:

  • Contact us at least two quarters in advance of the quarter in which you will teach the course. Working out the details of a project and identifying appropriate community partners can take time.
  • Provide us with a copy of your syllabus articulating the role of CBL in the course, whether participation is required or optional, and the assignments related to this experience.
  • Visit one of the community partners with which you will be working either the quarter before you teach or during the quarter. We are happy to facilitate this visit and accompany you, if you like.

The staff is always open to discussing new ideas or providing specific information about the community partners. Feel free to contact the Ignatian main number at 408-554-6917.

Resources

This page provides further information for new faculty contemplating a community-based learning course as well as supportive resources for our seasoned faculty.

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