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Faculty Institute on Community Engagement

As framed by the Civic Action Plan and WCU’s Strategic Plan, WCU recognizes that faculty drive meaningful service-learning and community engagement (SLCE) as faculty are positioned to get to know, work with, and link community agencies with others, provide specific content expertise, and guide students in their exploration, reflection, and engagement. During FICE faculty participants will engage with the following SLCE topics:

  • Exploring Definitions, Purpose, and Theoretical Bases of SLCE
  • Establishing Campus-Community Partnerships with SLCE
  • Creating and Assessing Course Objectives, Learner Outcomes, and Competencies
  • Evaluating and Creating Impact, Assessment, and Improvement Plans
  • Reviewing and Recommending Support Mechanisms at WCU, Pursuing Opportunities for SLCE, and Engaged Scholarship

FICE participants also work in teams to develop a community-based/engaged project that leads to a new, innovative approach to community engagement through a new course, engaged research project, or high-impact community partnership.
Upon completion of the FICE experience, participants will receive a $1,000 professional development grant that can be used to support faculty community engagement. In that past, funds have been used to present original community-engaged scholarship at national conferences, hire student research on educational stipends, host summits to bring community partners and faculty together to discuss various issues, and purchase supplies and tools to facilitate partnerships.

2017-2018 FICE cohort
2018-2019 FICE cohort

2021-2022 Application

FICE retreat


Community Table volunteers


FICE training


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