McMeel Faculty Institute

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The McMeel Family Faculty Institute on Service-Learning provides support to faculty to incorporate service learning into their classes and research agendas.  The institute is comprised of two programs: the McMeel Fellows Program for faculty new to service-learning and the McMeel Scholars Program for faculty more experienced in community-based teaching.

McMeel Fellows Program

The McMeel Fellows Program starts with a three-day, hands-on course redesign workshop where facilitators guide participants through the steps of developing a service learning project that meets authentic community needs and aligns with academic learning outcomes. McMeel Fellows contribute to service-learning at Rockhurst through their engagement in compelling and stimulating community-based learning experiences for students and by disseminating knowledge to their colleagues.

The McMeel Fellows Program is held in May of odd numbered years. Applications for the 2019 session are now available. Applications are due March 29, 2019.

McMeel Scholars Program

The McMeel Scholars Program supports faculty experienced in service-learning and community-based teaching to include the scholarship of teaching and learning of these practices into their research agendas. The Scholars Program is a two-year cohort model in which participants learn best practices to community-based SOTL research, conduct and disseminate their research. 

The Center for Service Learning is your resource.  If you have questions about service learning or would like to know more about the McMeel Family Faculty Institute on Service Learning, please contact Julia Vargas, director, Center for Service Learning, 816-501-4545,