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Service Learning Course Re-design Grant (SLCR)

Proposal Guidelines

Engagement and community outreach are vital components of the land-grant mission of the University of Missouri. The HES Research and Graduate Studies Office believes that HES has tremendous opportunities to incorporate engagement and community service in the classroom experience. Therefore, to cultivate and promote additional service learning education in HES, we offer a Service Learning Course Re-design grant program—SLCR. (NOTE: The use of the term “education” in SLCR is intended to be inclusive of all educational offerings, such as in-class, online, and experiential learning in both domestic and global settings. These educational offerings could be available during fall, spring, and summer semesters for both undergraduate and/or graduate courses).

The objectives of SLCR link with “responsibility” (one of the four values of the University of Missouri) and “civic engagement” (one of the key priorities of the UM Systems as well as the University of Missouri Extension and Engagement). At the same time, SLCR also seeks “excellence” by offering quality service learning educational opportunities to students. In this light, SLCR solicits proposals to re-design existing courses that would successfully incorporate service learning components and meet service learning objectives.

MU Office of Service Learning (OSL) provides the administrative infrastructure for faculty and students for service learning, with over 300 community organizations where students could gain their field experiences. These organizations are typically non-profit organizations that rely heavily on volunteers. Courses that have a minimum requirement of 20 hours of field experience are eligible. If the course requires over 35 hours of field experience, students’ transcripts will show the service learning designation. OSL provides administrative assistants for both types of courses (for the full list of support).

This year, SLCR will funds three to four projects up to $2,500 per proposal. The funds may be used by the PI(s) for ANY University-appropriate purpose, including faculty summer salaries and benefits, meetings, research, or supplies for teaching/learning, to offer quality service learning courses in HES. The ultimate product that SLCR expects from each award is a course that is approved and administered by OSL and includes a minimum requirement of 20 hours of field experience.

We recognize that this program is experimental and has limited resources. At this point, we are planning SLCR for three years. We will evaluate it annually to gauge its effectiveness and future, and we appreciate any comments or suggestions for improvement from HES faculty and staff.

  1. This competition is open to all HES faculty and staff delivering courses in HES.
  2. At any given time, the PI may be involved in only one SLCR project.
  3. Faculty who have received SLCR applications in the past are welcome to apply for additional projects as long as all funds from previous projects have been spent and final reports completed.
  • January 23, 2019 SLCR announcement
  • March 1, 2019 Applications due
  • March 30, 2019 Awards announced
  • April 1, 2019 Project period begins
  • June 30, 2020 Project period ends
  • July 30, 2020 Final reports due

Please provide an electronic copy to Trish Savage ( at the Office of the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, 118 Gwynn.

Applications should comprise the following:

  1. The unit head’s support letter, including budget plans
  2. Brief narrative (no more than three pages) that addresses the following:
    1. Course number and title
    2. PI(s)’ name, title, and department
    3. Pedagogical goals of delivering the course content via service learning
    4. Plans for working with OSL staff during the re-design stage, including:
      • How the PI will interact with OSL staff
      • Initial plans for critical thinking, reflection, student research, and classroom dialogues that are directly tied with field experience and pedagogical goals, after discussion with OSL staff, Ann-Marie Foley ( or Yvonn Binfield ( (Actual execution of these plans will be conducted during the grant period). The proposal should include the evidence of the meeting between the PI and OSL staff.
    5. Total funds requested (up to $2,500) and brief plans for use of funds (Note. It could be used for the portion of faculty summer salaries and benefits, meetings, research, or supplies for teaching or learning)
    6. Expected time/schedules of course offering with service learning contents in the PI’s unit and long-term expectations for course offerings in HES

Successful applicants will have access to their funds during the project period. Uses of funds are very flexible as long as they adhere to standard University guidelines for grant or departmental funds and promote group activities (including faculty summer salaries and benefits, meetings, research, or supplies for teaching or learning).

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee consisting of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Director of HES Student Services, Associate Dean for Extension, and possible outside evaluators.

  1. Degree of service learning involvement
  2. Importance of service learning needs
  3. Relationship to wider engagement agendas and priorities in HES and MU
  4. Feasibility of project year goals and activities
  5. Likelihood to complete new course proposal or course revision
  6. Potential for long-term course offering and student learning outcomes
  1. Grants will be managed in combination between units and the R&GS Office. Any funds not used by end of the Project Period will revert back to the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies.
  2. The PI will meet with the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies mid-year for a project update and will submit a brief final report on the project by Project End Date.
  3. The final report must contain a 100-word impact statement of the project outcomes that are ready to be published in the College news outlet.

Recipients (2018-2019)

Awardee Dept. Project Title Amount
Rachel Bailey SSW Social Work 4760 Theory and Practice of Social Work Groups, Sections 1 and 2 $2,500
Michael Goldschmidt ArchSt ArchSt 4223 Sustainable Technologies and Systems $2,500

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If you have any questions concerning the SLRC program, please contact Jung Ha-Brookshire, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, 118 Gwynn Hall, 882-5367,