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Service-Learning & Leadership Special Interest Group (SLL SIG)

Short Description:

The Service-Learning and Leadership Special Interest Group (SLL SIG) focuses on exploring experiential education in emergency management course curriculum by fostering ideas, developing strategies, and conducting research that looks at how to combine classroom instruction with organized service to the community with an emphasis on civic engagement, reflection and the application of learning. The purpose of incorporating service-learning in emergency management academic courses would allow students to provide a service that meets an identified community need pertaining to the field which enhances the students learning and development, allows them to reflect on their experiences, provides a forum for leadership development, and encourages civic responsibility. The SLL SIG focuses on academic preparation for faculty in the discipline of emergency management to be able to incorporate opportunities for students to bridge the gap between academia and practice with fostering an environment for service-learning and leadership.

Service-learning & Leadership in EM SIG Purpose:

  1. To support members in their research agendas in an effort to support high-impact practices in the classroom, which will enable emergency management faculty to use service-learning as a tool to engage students in the community.
  2. Provide opportunities for scholars to share current studies through presentations and to use service-learning as a research tool.
  3. To keep emergency management faculty and practitioners informed about current research related to service-learning and experiential education.
  4. Developing strategies for designing and implementing service-learning courses, from articulating student learning outcomes to assessing community-engaged learning experiences.
  5. To provide opportunities for members to collaborate through online platforms, list serves and our SIG Facebook page.

Next Steps: Objectives, Projects, or Activities

Developing a "Service-learning in Emergency Management Toolkit" (see PDF of the Engaged Faculty Institute Curriculum that could be used as a guideline).

  • What is Service-learning in Emergency Management?
    • Internships vs Service-learning vs Volunteering --what are the differences?
    • What are preconceived ideas of service-learning?
    • Best practices --required
  • Checklist on establishing Community-Campus Partnerships
  • Embedding Service-learning components into the Curriculum:
    • SMART Objectives, learning outcomes
    • Sample Syllabi
    • Competencies in Emergency Management
    • Reflections unique to Service-learning –integration of theory application
  • Checklist on how to Prepare our Students?
    • Guidelines and Limitations for Students
    • Develop Modules to Prepare Students
    • How to motivate our students
  • Assessments & Research:
    • Service-learning Competencies (baseline)
    • Multi-University Service-learning Study
    • Measurement Piece (How to Quantify Results)
    • Communicate findings back to University
    • Experienced – “trained-educated person”
    • Internship success –Service-Learning predictor
  • Stories from the Field:
    • Faculty Challenges and Success Stories
    • Examples of projects, community partners, and partnerships with practitioners
    • Career impacts and networking potential

Outcomes Discussed for the Service-Learning and Leadership SIG:

  • Ethics Training (Cultural Competencies, Generational Competencies, & General Respect for Others in the Field)
  • Soft Skills: Understanding Professional Attitudes
  • Evaluations: Constructive
  • Service-learning for Undergraduate vs. Graduate programs

Develop Workshops, Webinars and Oral & Poster Presentations for future Conferences

Establish an Advisory Board

  • Curriculum to identify the needs of faculty who utilize this structure

Develop a target for the group for 2017-2018 academic year

  • Establish a group email/Facebook page/Newsletter
  • Identify quarterly meetings (August, November, February, June)
  • Develop Survey
  • Connect with the Internship and Job SIG

Service-learning & Leadership in EM SIG Lead and Co-Lead

Elizabeth Dunn, Chair
University of South Florida, Tampa

Jess Bonnan-White, Co-Chair
Stockton University

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