The CUNY Service Corps presents an opportunity for CUNY faculty members to engage students to work on service-oriented projects. The Service Corps aims to meaningfully connect Corps members’ academic learning to their service work in the community, and faculty engagement is a key component to accomplishing this goal.
Faculty members have flexibility to design and lead their own projects for the Service Corps. Faculty-led projects will enable faculty members to:
Faculty-led projects should seek to impact the short and long-term civic, economic or environmental sustainability of New York City and its residents and communities. Sample faculty-led projects may include conducting ethnographic field studies regarding New York City residents’ accessibility to affordable, healthy food options, researching the environmental effects of Hurricane Sandy on New York City’s shorelines, drafting concept papers on equity and access to higher education for New York City public school students, or analyzing the economic effects of affordable housing on certain New York City neighborhoods.
Corps members are selected through a highly competitive process, and applicants must submit a written application with a recommendation and participate in a rigorous group interview activity.
Corps members will be matched to their placement sites or faculty-led projects through a matching event in early June, where there will be an opportunity for faculty and placement site supervisors to meet with and interview Corps members.
Corps members are required to successfully complete a pre-service training program prior to the beginning of service placements. Corps members are also required to participate in an ongoing support program throughout the academic year, which includes biweekly workshops and meetings with their campus program manager. The pre-service training and ongoing support program curricula integrate a civic engagement and a workplace strand, such that students can begin to connect the two and identify civic engagement as the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills needed to make a difference in the community.
The 2014-15 application has now closed. Please feel free to contact Valerie Chow, Associate Director of the CUNY Service Corps, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-664-8066 with any questions about faculty-led projects.