We have made much progress in our research project. We have gathered several interviews and analyzed the data. Our biggest challenge has been making people comfortable with the idea of being recorded. Despite this, our project has been very successful. We submitted our research proposal to the Hilbert Service Learning Conference, and it was accepted. We presented our findings, last week, to the conference attendees. By comparing the interviews, and answers to our questions we have gained a greater understanding of faculty outlook towards teaching civic engagement courses. Interviewing faculty from all schools and both campuses, has given us a diverse unbiased analysis. We plan to continue this project in the Fall. We will be submitting a proposal to several journals, to be reviewed.
We have made much progress so far. Over nine interviews have been conducted with faculty teaching Civic Engagement courses at Pace University. Of these nine professors four are male, and five are female. Four faculty teach Civic Engagement courses on the New York City campus, and five on the Pleasantville campus. Through these interviews we have gained invaluable insight to the teaching and and effort put into service learning classes. Each professor has a unique approach to teaching their class. The passions of the professor seems to have a large impact on these classes. For example if a professor is passionate about the environment, civic engagement will be centered around “going green,” as opposed to a professor that is passionate about immigration and centers there course around it. Although each class is different we have found something all professors have in common. Each faculty member feels very strongly about increasing CE courses at Pace. They would like to see the University and Center for Community Action and Research make a greater effort in educating and encouraging professors about service learning and civic engagement based courses.
This a a project that will focus on faculty teaching service learning class. The research will employ a qualitative methodology in which I will interview faculty who are teaching service learning classes. The purpose is to do a partial audit of the faculty. I will interview faculty about their experience teaching a service learning class and solicit information on how the Center for Community Action and Research and the Administration can assist in the teaching and the implementation of a service learning class. The title for our project is Faculty Insights on Teaching Service Learning Classes: Where we have been and where we go from here . This project will provide invaluable information to the University and the state of our Civic Engagement Initiative at Pace.We fully expect that this will result in a conference presentation.