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 to Participate: Instructions
Please submit an application to participate, by completing this form: http://tinyurl.com/exped28may2013
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:
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.)
- What are your learning goals for your course or for the proposed experiential activity?
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?
does this course or activity promote civic engagement, critical thinking, participation
in democracy, applications of theory to the real world, or social change?
might this project contribute to long-term campus-community partnerships?
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
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:
and role plays
and facilitating a class discussion or skill-building workshop
and carrying out an “action research” project on campus or with a community
learning, community service, community internships
teaching and lesson-plan design
research, field research, participatory observation, and oral interviewing
theater, creative expression, improvisation, or public speaking
of primary documents or raw data
partnerships, student leadership experience, and civic engagement
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.