What is it?
To support Experiential Learning at IWU, the Associate Dean of Curriculum, the Associate Dean of the Faculty, and the Action Research Center (ARC) began a grant program designed to further the University’s goal of “preparing students for democratic citizenship and life in a global society.” Recipients will be faculty who propose a new or revised experiential learning component to a course, research project, or community partnership. Up to three ARC Associate grants of $1000 each will be awarded. Professor Michael Weis supported his course adaptation with an ARC Associates grant. Grants funds are made available annually depending upon budget requirements. Pictured to the right is one Dr. Weis' students with our community partner from the YWCA Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Who is eligible?
All tenure-track and emeriti faculty are eligible as well as teaching faculty, full time or part time, who have taught at IWU for at least two years. Successful applicants will pursue at least one of the following experiential learning formats: (1) joining an existing ARC community-based research project; (2) adding a civic engagement component to a new course or a revision of an existing course; (3) overseeing a new or revised community-based research project with a student or group of students; or (4) facilitating a new or revised partnership with a community group. Grant awards may be taken as stipends or expenses (e.g., student wages) or a combination of each.
What must be included in the proposal?
Each proposal must: (1) outline in detail the format used and the experiential learning goals to be addressed; (2) describe how experiential learning will be used to involve the faculty member and/or students in civic engagement or community research; (3) explain how the experiential learning format will incorporate (a) reflection, (b) integration, and (c) assessment; (4) indicate when the proposed activities will take place (those scheduled for the current academic year will be given preference) and how they will have a lasting impact; and (5) include the signature of the applicant’s department, school, or program head (an e-mail to this effect will suffice).
If successful, what is required?
Successful applicants will be required to: (1) attend an ARC consultation session; (2) file a report of their learning outcomes for the ARC assessment plan; and (3) offer a public presentation of their work.
For information on the ARC Associates grant, please contact Deborah Halperin at firstname.lastname@example.org.