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Preparing Future Faculty
135 E. 12th St.
Claremont, CA 91711
Shamini Dias, Director
Shelby Lamar, Asst. Director


Academic Professional Dev.

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Partnership for Community Engagement & Democracy

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About the Program

This is a partnership program with the Office of Civic Engagement and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of La Verne to promote education that integrates social and personal responsibility as a key outcome across disciplines. The program seeks to create opportunities for doctoral students to develop pedagogical knowledge and skills in creating and leading service learning and community engagement courses with undergraduate students. Currently, ULV faculty teach courses on topics, such as literacy, day laborers, immigration, homelessness, archiving through activism and youth at risk. The aim is to address the different ways activism and social justice might be addressed together with community partners in the local area.

Doctoral students who have completed their coursework requirements will be selected as Fellows. They will shadow experienced service learning faculty from the University of La Verne through a semester, attending each class and meeting with the faculty to explore ideas and concepts after the course. The Fellow will be invited to teach 2 to 3 times during the semester, receive feedback and engage in self-reflection on their pedagogical development. Fellows will also be required to attend teaching professional development through the PFF program at CGU.

At the end of the semester, the Office of Civic Engagement (ULV) and Preparing Future Faculty (CGU) will determine if an invitation to teach will be extended to the Fellow to teach their own service learning course that meets their scholarly interest through the CS 305: Learning through Community Service courses taught at the University of La Verne.

Up to three CGU and three University of La Verne doctoral students will be selected as Fellows and will receive a $1,000 stipend for their participation.

About Learning Through Community Service: CS 305

Our model of service learning engagement draws from Asset Based Community Development and seeks to recognize the gifts, talents, abilities, and assets of our local communities and our students, faculty, and staff. We work collectively toward addressing the most pertinent issues that communities identify by being partners in this process.  Undergraduate students connect with community partners in order to complete 20 hours of service, serving approximately three hours per week over the course of a semester. This configuration of service can vary given the social justice issues related to each CS 305 course. The aim is for them to be actively immersed in the organization's mission, goals, and work.

CS 305 courses have five learning outcomes:

  1. Reflect on service as a component of active citizenship, community engagement, and social responsibility
  2. Demonstrate reciprocity and responsiveness in service with a community organization
  3. Describe and analyze the social issues relevant to the community organization
  4. Identify issues of power and privilege as related to self and the homeless
  5. Explore Asset Based Community Development methodology in the context of self, a non-profit community organization, and those the organization serves

Application Process

  1. Fill out the application form and submit it, together with your curriculum vitae, and a personal statement.
  2. Your personal statement should explain your interest in and readiness for service learning and community engagement. Make an argument for why you would be a worthy candidate for this experience and the ways in which you see yourself taking community engaged teaching and learning forward in your discipline. Please also provide any available evidence of previous community engagement and service that speaks to your own engagement in community and service learning.

About OCCE

The Office of Civic Engagement seeks to promote the University of La Verne's core value of community and civic engagement by developing mutually beneficial and sustainable relationships between the university and community partners in order to collectively address the region's most pertinent issues, to bridge theory and practice by connecting and involving our students with community-based service learning, to promote engaged scholarship for our faculty, and to support co-curricular civic and community engagement activities.

The Office of Civic Engagement promotes a commitment to community service, service learning, and community engaged scholarship that instills a sense of responsibility for giving of one's talents, skills, and abilities to assist in the development of local, regional, and global community-based efforts. The Office invites participatory, collaborative, mutually beneficial, and reciprocal relationships to be developed in order increase the impact of community and civic engagement practices.

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