BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY


National leader to present service-learning workshop for faculty

 Faculty will have the opportunity this week to learn how they can incorporate service learning into their courses at “Service Learning and Civic Engagement,” a workshop led by Dr. Edward Zlotkowski, senior faculty fellow with National Campus Compact.

The two-part workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Friday (Sept. 23) in 201 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. It will begin by exploring key service-learning concepts and distinctions and some of the factors that make service learning an especially strong pedagogy for today’s students.

In the second half of the workshop, faculty will learn some of the most important variables they need to consider in incorporating community-based learning assignments into their courses. In addition to presenting specific service-based learning models, Zlotkowski will also help faculty use the workshop to begin transforming one of their own courses into its service-learning equivalent.

In addition to his role at National Campus Compact, Zlotkowski is an English professor at Bentley College. In 1990, he founded the Bentley Service-Learning Project, a program involving all the college’s undergraduate departments, more than a quarter of its full-time faculty and several thousand students. He also facilitated the development of the Campus Compact Consulting Corps, comprising 15 senior teacher-scholars who serve as consultants to institutions exploring service learning. A national consultant on service learning, he has worked both with disciplinary associations and organizations such as the American Association on Higher Education.

To register for the free conference, contact the Office of Service-Learning Initiatives at 2-3450 or slbgsu@bgsu.edu.

The event is sponsored by the offices of the president and the provost, the Office of Service-Learning Initiatives, Partnerships for Community Action and Ohio Campus Compact.