Gephardt Institute offering service-learning grants

The Gephardt Institute for Public Service invites University faculty to apply for grants to support community-based teaching and learning, also known as service-learning.

“Service-learning is an effective pedagogy that is used across our campus,” says Amanda Moore McBride, Ph.D., institute director and assistant professor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

“Employing a broad conception, the distinguishing features of service-learning include targeted, applied learning activities in service to an organization or community, faculty direction and oversight, as well as applicable course content and assignments.”

To support the use of this teaching innovation and provide greater opportunities for community-based learning at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the institute will provide up to five faculty grants of $2,500 each.

The grants are applicable to courses that range from small seminars to larger lectures or even traditional lab-based courses. Service may either comprise the entire focus of the proposed course, or be a discrete but major component of the course.

Institute grants will cover a wide range of curriculum development expenses, including:

• salary support for faculty time;

• stipends to support a teaching assistant and training;

• transportation costs to a community site;

• books and other resource materials; and

• materials to implement the project.

The deadline for submissions is Dec. 1, 2007.

For a complete Request for Proposal, contact Robin Hattori, program director, at 935-8628 or