The Community-Based Learning (CBL) Consultants Program in the office of Community-Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL) provides dedicated support to LSA faculty members who want to develop a new CBL course or integrate applied learning with communities into an existing course (1 to 3 credits). Consultants are undergraduate and graduate students with strong engaged learning and/or teaching-assistant experience. Consultants are also trained through CEAL in the theory, best practices and implementation of community-based learning. The CEAL Director will work with faculty to match consultants to faculty projects and faculty may also suggest individuals they would like to be considered for the program.
WHAT CAN CONSULTANTS DO?
CBL Consultants assist in all aspects of curricular design, related research and community-liason work. They can work with faculty for up to 27 hours a term at no cost to the faculty's department and are typically requested for a 3-month period. The duration and timing of the consultancy will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Consultants will meet regularly as a cohort for CEAL training sessions; their work occurs during the preparatory and design stage of the course. NOTE: Consultants cannot be used as instructors, traditional research assistants or graders.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THIS PROGRAM?
Benefits for faculty:
Working with Consultants allows faculty to have dedicated assistance to design or transform a course with a focus in CBL, develop community partnerships, develop discipline-specific projects, and research the best related assessment methods. Faculty will be able to implement the high-impact practice of community-centered learning to expand their professional development and their pedagogical experience. Research shows that, when done well, CBL helps develop students who are critical, adaptive and creative in their approach to their own learning and engagement with the world. Faculty also receive support for student training and with logistics such as transportation through CEAL.
Benefits for Consultants:
CBL consultants will gain experience working with faculty, developing curricula, establishing community partnerships, researching best practices and deepening their understanding of community-based pedagogies. Undergraduate and graduate consultants will receive support and training and will be paid by CEAL $12/hour and $20/hour, respectively, for a maximum of 29 hours per term. The consultancy may begin as early as May 2016. Scheduling will be determined in consultation with faculty members.
HOW DO I REQUEST A CONSULTANT?
Complete the online CBL Consultancy Request Form. Faculty interested in more specific, short-term feedback can also request a one-on-one course consultation. Simply contact the CEAL Director, Dr. Denise Galarza Sepúlveda at firstname.lastname@example.org.