Civic Engagement & Service Education Partnership Program
Public Scholarship and Service Learning course development grants

2012 Public Scholarship and Service Learning Curriculum Development Grants RFP 

The Collaborative is offering the opportunity for New Brunswick faculty members to apply for grants ranging from $1,500-$5,000 to design new courses or redesign existing courses to include a community-based learning component in an effort to infuse our undergraduate curriculum with opportunities for students to apply their academic learning to solving community-based needs.   These grants are made possible with support from Interim Executive Vice President Richard Edwards.

The first round of Public Scholarship and Service Learning Curriculum Development Grants was offered in 2009. The purpose of these grants was three-fold:  1) To support and encourage public scholars to develop courses that lend themselves to community-based learning opportunities;  2) To connect and coordinate these efforts under the Civic Engagement and Service Education Partnerships Program’s umbrella; and 3)  To offer students a wider array of courses to deepen their commitment to being civically engaged during their academic careers here at Rutgers and beyond.  Members of the CESEP Faculty Council designed the evaluation criteria, reviewed the proposals, and will support faculty in the implementation of the new courses. 
Below is a description of the new courses that were created that received grants. 

1.  Dr. Stephanie Curenton, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Edward J. Bloustein School of Public Policy
Proposed Course:  Human Development and Public Policy: Understanding Classroom Quality
This course explores the effects of child and family policies and programs on children’s short-and long-term development. Students will assist Program Director of the Somerset Community Action Program Head Start in program assessment with the long-term goal of encouraging students to advocate for quality education in their local communities.

2.  Dr. Nora Hyland, Assistant Professor, Dr. Mary Curran, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Sharon Ryan, Associate Professor
Graduate School of Education
Proposed Course: Community-based Learning in Urban Environments
This course serves as an introduction to the many ways that formal and informal education happens within urban communities and the educational theory that supports the effectiveness of these types of programs. Students will be paired with an adult English Language Learners in Highland Park to tutor English and to learn how community-based education operates in practice.

3.  Dr. Jeffrey Robinson, Assistant Professor, Management and Global Business, Rutgers Business School Proposed Course:  Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
This course introduces students to the major ideas and theories of entrepreneurship and urban development.  Students will assist the Profeta Urban Investment Foundation by providing valuable human resources to aid in economic development activities in Newark.

4.  Dr. Beth Rubin, Associate Professor, Educational Theory, Policy and Administration, Social Studies Education Graduate School of Education
Proposed Course:  Urban Education--
Rutgers GSE Urban Teaching Fellows
This course will develop a conceptual understanding of the issues facing urban communities, schools, teachers and students.  Students in Urban Teaching Fellows program will assist in urban classrooms and in their final semester will undertake a research project based on community-identified needs.

5.  Dr. Marcy Schwartz, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese School of Arts and Sciences
Proposed Course: Our Stories, Your Stories: The Spanish American Short Story and Reading in the Community
This course offers students an overview of the Spanish American short story, one of the premier genres in Spanish American literary history, and will incorporate participation in People and Stories/Gente y Cuentos groups in New Brunswick.  Students will be trained in the program’s specialized methodology of facilitating story reading and discussions, and will put this into practice with groups of Hispanic adults in the community.

6.  Dr. Kevin St. Martin, Associate Professor, Department of Geography School of Arts and Sciences
Proposed Course: Geographic Information Systems
This course introduces the fundamental concepts of GIS using two popular software applications of which students will gain a working knowledge.  Students will then perform community projects such as community-based mapping, local ecological knowledge inventories, social and demographic changes analyses according to community needs.