Montclair State University’s Service-Learning Fellows Program was recently awarded a TIAA-CREF Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence at the American Council on Education’s annual meeting in San Diego, California.Vice President for University Advancement Thomas J. Haynes accepted the award on behalf of Montclair State from TIAA-CREF Chairman and CEO, Herbert M. Allison.
The TIAA-CREF Hesburgh Award annually recognizes exceptional faculty development programs designed to enhance undergraduate teaching and learning. The award seeks to strengthen the teaching tradition at America’s undergraduate colleges and universities by acknowledging that an energized faculty is key to educational excellence.
Montclair State’s award-winning faculty development program is the Service-Learning Fellows Program (SLFP), managed by the Center for Career Services and Community-based Learning. The goal of the SLFP is to train and prepare faculty to apply their teaching and scholarship to pressing social issues in partnerships with neighboring communities.
The program awards up to six fellowships annually. Fellows are required to attend training workshops, then develop and teach a minimum of one service-learning course. After participating in the program, faculty members can maintain their status as Fellows by teaching at least one service-learning course per year and participating in SLFP program development.
The SLFP has been highly successful and over the course of its 11-year existence, 35 MSU Service-Learning Fellows have been trained and retained. These Fellows have subsequently taught 250 courses whereby over 6,000 students have tutored and mentored 3,500 children; reconditioned 500 computers for donation; and supported delivery of a full range of social services to 3,000 seniors.Read more about the Service-Learning Program here.