June 4, 2010

Twelve faculty members representing a variety of disciplines recently participated in LSU's 2010 Service-Learning Faculty Scholars program, which offers $2,000 stipends to encourage experiential education and "hands-on" learning that benefits the community. Dorin Boldor, assistant professor - research in biological and agricultural engineering is one of the 2010 Faculty Scholars.

The Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership, or CCELL, facilitates the Faculty Scholars Program annually to promote the institutionalization of service-learning courses in every department, encourage interdisciplinary dialogue and to advance the objectives of the LSU Flagship Agenda. Scholars are selected by a committee of the Service-Learning Advisory Council.

During the spring semester, each scholar participated in a weekly, 90-minute seminar to discuss the best practices of service-learning and develop a new course that includes service-learning or incorporates service-learning into a previously designed course. Scholars commit to implementing these courses during the following summer, spring or fall semester.

This is the second year that LSU Student Government has funded a portion of the scholars stipends as part of a student-led initiative to expand service-learning into every department. Several new departments, including geology and geophysics, renewable natural resources and philosophy and religious studies, will offer service-learning courses in 2010-2011, which were designed during the Faculty Scholars program.

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Article excerpted from LSU media release by Billy Gomila, LSU Media Relations, 225-578-3867


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