Workshop to focus on regional service-learning collaborations


BINGHAMTON, NY – Binghamton University will join Broome Community College and Davis College in hosting a series of service-learning workshops on Thursday, April 17. Titled Service-Learning: Developing Regional Collaborations, the workshops begin at 9:30 a.m. in the library on the Davis College campus, located at 400 Riverside Drive, Johnson City.

            The workshops are being funded by a New York/Pennsylvania Campus Compact grant, which was awarded to a regional collaboration of three area colleges - Binghamton University, Broome Community College and Davis College. Participants will include higher education administrators and key faculty from all three institutions.

            At the 9:30 a.m. welcome breakfast, James M. Heffernan, executive director of the New York Campus Compact, will speak about the value of service-learning opportunities.            

            At 10 a.m., guest speaker Marie Watkins will discuss how to develop next steps in sustaining service-learning synergy. Watkins is an associate professor of social work and director of the Center for Service Learning at Nazareth College. Workshop participants will explore how to introduce service-learning into the curriculum. In addition, Watkins will share strategies on the process to institutionalize service-learning as a core form of pedagogy.   

            Presentations by “veteran” service-learning faculty from Binghamton University, Broome Community College and Davis College will begin at noon. Student leaders representing a variety of groups will also offer their thoughts on service learning opportunities. 

            At 3 p.m. Marie Watkins will discuss the connection between research, teaching and service and how it can be used to chart a pathway to tenure and promotion. Using the framework of the scholarship of engagement, participants will “connect the dots” between missions, principles of undergraduate education, core curriculum student learning outcomes, and service-learning outcomes to create a research, teaching, service agenda and portfolio. 

Last Updated: 9/17/13