The Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership (CCELL) in conjunction with the Community Engagement Advisory Council and the Office of Academic Affairs annually awards an outstanding faculty member for their commitment to service-learning. Award winners must demonstrate exceptional and sustained commitment to integrating quality service-learning activities into the academic curriculum while exemplifying best service-learning practices. Service-learning activities should include significant community partner involvement with substantial outcomes and community impact. The nomination period is in the spring.
The Happy Award
Happy Awards are given annually to ten individuals to recognize excellence in service-learning. The “Happy” was initiated to commemorate former CCELL director Jan Shoemaker’s 10 years of distinguished service, commitment to educate and service for the common good. Happy Award recipients receive a commemorative lapel pin, which was designed by service-learning students based on input from Shoemaker’s friends and colleagues. Award recipients can be faculty, students, and community partners. The nomination period is in the fall.
The Service-Learning Faculty Scholars Program offers $2,000 stipends to full-time LSU faculty members to attend a weekly seminar 1.5 hours per week for 10 weeks consisting of discussion and planning with other faculty scholars. Discussion topics will include S-L course design, civic responsibilities of universities, community partnerships, liability, assessment, and reflection as they relate to service-learning courses. Participants must develop a service-learning course syllabus during the planning semester and commit to integrate academic service-learning into a course taught in the following year. Applications are accepted in early fall.