Recommendations for Working with Faculty
The most sustainable way to work with a university is through the faculty. Having an excellent relationship with a faculty member will make your experience deeper and more flexible. Some tips for working with faculty:
- Whenever possible, be involved at every step of the course or project and it’s development.
- To develop real partnerships (and avoid logistical nightmares), work with as few faculty members as possible. Perhaps there’s one you’re already involved with.
- Aim to assist faculty in working only with you or one or two other organizations. At the same time, connect your faculty members with other community partners, as appropriate.
- Get the faculty member involved with your organization in other ways.
- When you leave your organization, help the faculty member with the transition to the new staff person.
- Thank the students for their involvement.
- Learn about the service-learning class’ learning goals and where the experience with your organization fits in.
- Offer to to the service-learning class as part of pre-service analysis, preparation and orientation.
See the Organization Orientation Checklist for more ideas.
The CCE can help you meet and develop relationships with faculty to build collaborations. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this further.