2023 Center for Civic Engagement and State Farm Course Development Grant
Center for Integrated Professional Development
Faculty and course instructors are invited to submit a proposal to participate in the Summer 2023 (Re)Design Your Course for Civic Engagement. Civic Engagement is one of the core values outlined in Illinois State University's mission statement, Educate - Connect - Elevate . The course design cohort model offers faculty the support of colleagues, Center for Integrated Professional Development staff, and faculty and staff from various campus civic engagement initiatives as we work to broaden ISU’s commitment to the values of citizenship, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and institutionalization of civic engagement across the curriculum. We seek to include a variety of courses from all disciplines and programs.
Course Instructors selected to participate in this cohort will spend the equivalent of four days (about 24 hours, both in-person and outside course design work) working to integrate civic engagement into a course they have taught and will teach again in the near future. This will include synchronous and asynchronous work (see the schedule outline). The redesign process will allow faculty to explore ways to promote active learning experiences and assessment through which students can gain an awareness and understanding of civic engagement as a lifelong responsibility.
This redesign opportunity can also be used to develop a course that could be included in the interdisciplinary collection of available Civic Engagement and Responsibility Minor electives, further broadening ISU's commitment to the values of citizenship and institutionalization of civic engagement across the curriculum. This Course Redesign project will
Participants must be present at all sessions. If you cannot attend all meetings, we ask that you apply again next summer and allow another person who can commit to the entire workshop to attend.
Please note that, due to work expectations and stipend considerations, individuals are limited to participating in one Center for Integrated Professional Development Design Cohort experience, including (Re)Design Your Course for Civic Engagement, per Summer Institute.
Potential participants will be asked to provide the following information:
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to
Courses with a civic engagement focus should include some elements generally associated with civic engagement knowledge, values, skills, and attitudes (Musil, 2009). A civically educated individual
Musil, C. M. (2009). Educating students for personal and social responsibility: The civic learning spiral. In B. Jacoby (Ed.), Civic engagement in higher education (pp. 49–68). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Participation is required at all sessions.
Session I: Thursday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Introduction and conceptualization of civic engagement, pedagogical practices, and the role of civic education across various disciplines.
Asynchronous Work: May 18 - 23
Principles of Partnerships. Complete the module posted in Canvas.
Session II: Tuesday, May 23, 9 a.m.to 3 p.m.
Developing community engaged classrooms & community partners: community visits & community needs driven & reflective service learning
Session III: Thursday, May 25, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Articulating transformational goals for the redesigned courses as well as creating and incorporating academically rigorous learning outcomes that integrate elements of civic engagement and applying active, reflective learning experiences that support learning outcomes.
Asynchronous Work: May 25 - 30
Matching learning outcomes with assessments and learning experiences. Office hours for those who would like more support with this process.
Session IV: Thursday, June 1, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Reflection and assessment as well as opportunities for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
Session V: Tuesday, June 6, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Incorporating civically engaged learning outcomes and designing effective formative and summative assessment of student learning related to redesigned course learning outcomes.
This is a University-wide initiative. All tenured, tenure-track, and full-time non-tenure track instructors as well as staff with teaching responsibilities are eligible to apply. Eight (8) course instructors, from any discipline, will be selected.
Amount of Awards
Faculty awards will include a stipend of $1,000 as follows:
To receive the stipend, cohort participants must complete all of the following:
Participants must be present at all sessions. If this is not possible, we ask that you apply again next summer and allow another person who can commit to the entire workshop to attend.
A (re)deigned syllabus which includes civic engagement components (learning outcomes, assignments, specific language if the course is an elective for the minor). Syllabi will be included in a repository archiving courses that have been designed with a civic engagement focus
A plan for a specific course assessment where students demonstrate some aspect of civic learning
A plan for possible scholarly activity (design a study, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, ideas for conference presentations in your discipline, ISU’s Teaching and Learning Symposium, Civic Engagement Celebration, possible publication outlets)
A written reflection on the course redesign process
Continued contact with the Center for Integrated Professional Development, the Center for Civic Engagement, and the Civic Engagement and Responsibility Minor to share data about the impact of civic engagement on student learning.