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Call for Participants: Faculty Workshop on Experiential Education
Theme: Civic Engagement
May 28, 2013

The Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching & Learning are requesting proposals from faculty to participate in a one-day workshop on experiential learning. During the workshop, faculty will share their teaching methods, learn new tools, articulate goals, and discuss collaboration. Faculty interested in pursuing outside funding for civic engagement and campus-community partnerships at Queens College are especially encouraged to apply.

The workshop, scheduled for May 28 (all day), will be led by Karen Ridd, a professional facilitator from Training for Change who has worked extensively with college instructors. Ms. Ridd will demonstrate several experiential teaching methods appropriate for college classrooms, share her expertise, and help participants develop concrete action plans.

Participants will receive a $250 stipend. 

Part-time and full-time faculty are eligible to apply. Part-time faculty teaching a full load in spring 2013 may not be eligible for the stipend. Faculty who participated in the June, 2012 workshop on Experiential Education are strongly encouraged to apply again.

Apply t​o Participate: Instructions

Please submit an application to participate, by completing this form:

Applications are due at 11:55pm on April 22, 2013. Decisions will be announced in early May.

The application involves responding to the following items; your combined responses should not exceed 750 words:

  1. What is the experiential learning opportunity you offer (or want to offer) your students? (See Additional Information, below, for a definition of experiential education and examples of courses and activities that can involve experiential learning.)

  2. What are your learning goals for your course or for the proposed experiential activity?

  3. Describe how you will help students to go through a “cycle of learning”. In other words, how will you help them: 1) identify what they have learned in an activity; 2) engage in reflection; 3) revise their assumptions; and 4) develop concepts that can inform future actions?
  4. How does this course or activity promote civic engagement, critical thinking, participation in democracy, applications of theory to the real world, or social change?
  5. How might this project contribute to long-term campus-community partnerships?

Additional Information

Experiential education can be defined as learning that involves direct encounters with the phenomena being studied (as opposed to reading about or discussing those phenomena).  It seeks to empower students to become active participants in the production of knowledge, to situate themselves in the learning process, to revise their questions and assumptions, to communicate and collaborate with others, to take risks, and to compare theory and practice. 

Experiential education also involves exposing students to concrete experiences and giving them a structured opportunity to reflect on those experiences, to form concepts based on those experiences, and to test those concepts and skills in new situations.

Examples of courses and activities that can involve experiential learning:

  • Internships
  • Simulations and role plays
  • Designing and facilitating a class discussion or skill-building workshop
  • Designing and carrying out an “action research” project on campus or with a community group
  • Service learning, community service, community internships
  • Student teaching and lesson-plan design
  • Laboratory research, field research, participatory observation, and oral interviewing
  • Dialogues
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Dance, theater, creative expression, improvisation, or public speaking
  • Analysis of primary documents or raw data
  • Community partnerships, student leadership experience, and civic engagement
  • In-class debates
  • Portfolios, self-reflective writing, journalism, and expository composition

The selection committee includes Grace Davie (History), Ron Hayduk (Political Science), Yasemin Jones (Office of the Provost), Eva Fernández (Linguistics & Communication Disorders, Center for Teaching & Learning, Office of the Provost), and Rob Garfield (Center for Teaching and Learning).

If you have questions, please contact Grace Davie at


Coming Soon

Workshop on Experiential Education and Civic Engagement, May 28, 2013. Share teaching methods, learn new tools, articulate goals, and discuss collaboration. Application deadline: April 22. 

Click here to apply:

Past Events

Luncheon, March 18, 2013: Katherine Profeta (Drama) explained how she challenges students to stage a familiar dramatic scene using Brechtian concepts as opposed to psychological realism. Premilla Nadasen (History) led us through a unique pedagogy she has developed that helps students to rethink standard narratives of the Civil Rights Movement using primary documents.  

Luncheon, December 13, 2012: Michael Krasner (Political Science) modeled an interactive role-play on lobbying. Nathalia Glickman Holtzman (Biology) demonstrated hands-on learning exercises suitable for very large classes. Come meet your colleagues and share your thoughts on teaching experientially.​


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