The Concordia University Office of Service Leadership offers several programs and opportunities for Concordia faculty to develop teaching and mentoring skills through service. Faculty who are interested in participating in developing service learning curriculum, serving on the Concordia University Service Learning Advisory Board, coordinating faculty development events such as our Brown Bag Lunch Series, and other professional development opportunities can contact Scott Ferguson at 503-493-6232 for more information.
Brown Bag Lunches
In collaboration with the Academic Service-Learning Faculty Service & Scholarship Program, the Concordia University Office of Service Leadership supports faculty in continuing the conversation of community engagement throughout campus and across disciplines. These quarterly brown bag lunch sessions often bring together faculty from various departments to discuss current trends and issues in service-learning and fostering civic engagement. Examples of topics include international service-learning, social activism, reflection, community-based research, and more.
Community Partnership Initiative Grants
Through funding from the Office of Service Leadership and the ASCU Student Government, these mini-grants provide teams of faculty, students, and community agencies financial support to launch collaborative projects. These collaborative grants will support the development of new programs, increase the effectiveness of current programs, provide opportunities for innovative research and assessment that address the root causes of problems such as homelessness and domestic violence, and support community groups in strategic planning and problem solving. Faculty who are interested in applying to either serve as a grant committee advisory board member or want to apply to have their grant considered for funding can contact Scott Ferguson at 503-493-6232.
Alternative Break Trip Advisor
Spend time with students outside of your academic classes by serving as an advisor to an alternative break trip. An advisor should be a mentor, a friend, and an equal participant in the experience. They should understand the mission of the group, as well as share the goals of the coordinators, the Office of Service Leadership, and the group. All expenses of the trip are covered with the exception of personal expenditures (snacks at a gas station, etc.). The Office of Service Leadership sponsors trips during Fall Break, Spring Break, and Summer Break. To get involved with this program please contact the OSL staff at OSL@cu-portland or 503-493-6235.
Instruct an Academic Service Learning Course
Service-learning not only fulfills Concordia University's community driven mission, but it directly benefits concepts woven throughout the university's strategic plan. Teaching and advising, research and scholarship, outreach and community can all be enhanced through student and faculty involvement in service-learning. Faculty who are interested in developing an ASL course should contact Director of Service Leadership, Scott Ferguson at 503-493-6232 for more information.