Administrators’ Track

These workshops are geared toward professionals in the field of civic engagement and will focus on hot topics within service learning and community engagement in higher education. Participants will have the opportunity to network with other administrators to discuss issues and develop or refine their skills.


Community Service Funding Boards: Sustainable Funding and More!

John Sarvey and Student Presenters,  Northeastern University School of Public Policy

Room: Stetson Room

Tired of bake sales and fundraisers that don’t raise enough funds? Are external grants too difficult and not sustainable? Are campus funding sources biased against funding service? Ensure permanent, sustainable funding and support for your student-led community service programs, while enhancing quality, innovation, community voice, and evaluation — all through a community service funding board. What exactly is it? How does it work? Where do the funds come from? How do student organizations apply for funds? How can it help to engage faculty, staff, alumni and local business? Learn all of this and hear from real-life examples of how it works. (Cross-listed under Building and Sustaining Campus-based Community Service Programs) (Level: Intermediate/Advanced)

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, BLOCK #2, 1:15 PM-2:30 PM


Theory to Practice: How to Purposefully  Incorporate Student Learning into Your Work

Jeannie Kiriwas and Christopher Kandus, Stetson University

Room: Stetson Room

Civic engagement educators and professionals begin this work because they love making a difference.  As we find ourselves challenging to improve our programs and to meet the expectations of our offices it can be easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks and lose sight of the bigger picture.  Using theory, research, and best practices can help us refocus on our work.  With theory as our foundation suddenly program design, assessment, and the effectiveness of our work takes on new life.   This session will allow us to apply student development and service learning theory to our daily work and thereby enrich our campus environments.

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, BLOCK #3 4:45 PM-6:00 PM


The Impact of Service Learning on Students: A Lesson for Faculty

Mary Slade; Sharon Blatz, Assistant Professor, Exceptional Education; and Walt Ghant, Assistant Director, Community Service Learning; James Madison University

Room: Stetson Room

Why do service learning in my classroom?  Most faculty ask this question.  This presentation shares the results of a study of more than 300 undergraduate students’ regarding the impact of service learning in any academic discipline.  The results of self-reporting and reflection following a brief, 20-hour service learning experience are explored in terms of impact on personal, academic, and cultural competence in students. Participants will engage in a discussion of the utilization of these results in faculty recruitment and retainment in service learning efforts on any type of campus.(Cross-listed under Building and Sustaining Campus-based Community Service Programs)

SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012, BLOCK #4 9:00 AM-10:30 AM


**Special half-day workshop during Block #4, 9:00 AM-10:30 AM and Block #5, 10:45 AM-12:00 PM Pre-registration requred**

Beyond Lip Service: Making an Impact through Dialogue and Reflection

Kelli Covey, Project on Civic Reflection

Room: Stetson Room

Dialogue across difference is a critical element–maybe the most critical piece–of building community and making any lasting social change. Research from civic engagement and service learning scholars also suggests it is the key element in meaningful student civic engagement and long-term civic action.  But what does it really look like?  How do we make it happen?  How do we get beyond lip service–saying dialogue across difference is important–and instead learn to do it and do it well?  And on that same note, how do we do reflection well?

Civic reflection discussions are one concrete way. Reflective discussion, as practiced by the Project on Civic Reflection and partners all around the country— in national service, in education, in healthcare and social services, and on campuses, workplaces, and communities—combines the best practices of reflection with effective dialogue to make connections, build community and foster mutual understanding.  Reflective discussion uses short but provocative readings, images, and video as a way to get people thinking and talking together about the meaning and values that underlie their action and about the impact they are having, on themselves and the communities in which they serve.

This half-day workshop will be led by Kelli Covey, Associate Director at the Chicago-based Project on Civic Reflection, a national organization whose mission is to build community, deepen understanding and sustain commitment through training, facilitation, and resource development for the practice of civic reflection.

Workshop attendees will participate in multiple discussions, receive hands-on experience in planning and leading their own discussions, and learn about resources and support to make these discussions happen as part of classroom, service and social justice activities.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012 BLOCK #5 10:45 AM-12:00 PM


Curricular, Co-Curricular, and the Caribbean

Edwin Blanton, Trinity University

Room: LBC 221

An International Alternative Spring Break – a spring break with a service component is about more than just volunteerism.  Being an international adventure, it is a perfect time to introduce several education and reflection components to complement an intense week of volunteerism.  This workshop will examine a very successful partnership between faculty and student affairs staff, and how it may be applied at other institutions. This session also aims to demonstrate how prior to spring break students can explore topics such as cross-cultural communication, sustainable international development, poverty, culture and history of the country to be visited, and a focus on the skills needed for the volunteer project. Assessment, logistics, and implementing a student leadership component will also be addressed. (Cross-listed under  Building and Sustaining Campus-based Community Service Program)

SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012, BLOCK #6, 3:15PM-4:30 PM


Participatory Decision Making

Ryland White and Mary Kay Sigda, SIT Graduate Institute

Room: Stetson Room

Participatory Decision-Making is an experientially based workshop that will assist participants in deciding when and how to use a participatory approach to creating sustainable solutions to problems. This workshop will present and work through the steps of the Participatory Model of Decision-Making designed by Sam Kaner and incorporating the values of full participation, mutual understanding, inclusive decisions, and shared responsibility. It will offer an opportunity to not only increase awareness of skill involved in facilitating participatory decisions but also a raised awareness of how often our own lack of full engagement through difficult phases of the process results in unsustainable decisions. (Cross-listed under the Career Development and Professional Skills track) (Level: Intermediate/Advanced)