Service-Learning Faculty Fellows


The Service-Learning Faculty Fellow program is sponsored by the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning (OLSL). The Service-Learning Faculty Fellow program promotes faculty development and the scholarship of engagement by integrating community outreach with teaching, scholarship, and service. The one year program is designed to increase the quantity and quality of service-learning courses, develop faculty leadership, and promote advocacy for service-learning. Additionally, the faculty fellow will work with OLSL to advance institutional change to increase understanding of and reward for service-learning and community service as meaningful professional work.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Faculty Fellow collaborates with the Assistant Director for Service-Learning and is primarily responsible for developing and expanding service-learning opportunities at UNCG, with particular emphasis on infusing service-learning into the curriculum. The Faculty Fellow engages in:


  • Present service-learning research and programs at regional and national professional conferences, including the North Carolina Campus Compact annual conference (at Elon University)
  • Assist in designing and hosting the annual OLSL Speaker Series Seminars
  • Design and implement a project that promotes the fellow’s public scholarship and furthers the OLSL mission.

Faculty Development

  • Assist in design and implementation of faculty service-learning workshops and brown bag discussions (one each semester)
  • Encourage faculty and student colleagues to offer and engage in service-learning courses
  • Provide consultation to faculty, as requested, in the development of service-learning courses and assignments.

Faculty Leadership

  • Co-chair the Service-Learning Advisory Committee with the assistant director of service-learning. This committee meets approximately once a month to discuss topics of concern to faculty, staff and community partners, as well as to plan future events that promote service-learning on UNCG’s campus.
  • Participate in and model collaborative service-learning opportunities across disciplines.
  • Participate in public forums on campus to situate the work of service-learning within the larger umbrella of community engaged scholarship.

Course Development

  • Serve on the Service-Learning Designation Committee to review course proposals seeking SVL designation.
  • Serve on the review committees for grants offered by OLSL (domestic and international course development and community-based research grants)
  • Advise OLSL in grant seeking activities

Community Development

  • Remain active in community organizations to develop community partner relationships.
  • Seek out opportunities within the community for UNCG service-learning involvement

Past Service-Learning Faculty Fellows

LeGrecoOLSLpictureDr. Marianne LeGreco served from 2013-2014 as a Service-Learning Faculty Fellow!

“We have a very unique and important resource in the Office of Leadership and Service Learning at UNCG. As part of my OLSL Fellowship, I hope to inspire current and new faculty to take advantage this Office and get engaged with their communities through service learning. Working with students and community partners has been an important part of my research, teaching, and service. My goal as a faculty fellow is to work with OLSL and the Faculty Learning Community on Service Learning to make better use of the service learning research and resources that are available to us at UNCG.

As a Communication Studies person, I often encourage people to take a moment to look at where they have been and where they are going. More specifically, my work as the OLSL faculty fellow will have me participating in some “needs talk” with current and new faculty about how the Office of Leadership and Service Learning can serve as the best possible resource for engaged faculty. Moreover, I will continue to co-organize the Faculty Learning Community on Service Learning, which is one of the most successful learning communities on campus.”

To learn more about Dr. LeGreco’s current projects and publications, please visit her homepage at or email her at


Patrick Lee Lucas, Ph.D., Interior Architecture, 2010-2011 – Community Engagement

“I think of UNCG’s Department of Interior Architecture as a place where design and engagement meet.  As the practice of design inherently engenders multi-disciplinary collaboration and innovative energy, this year I plan to trace these qualities in our department’s culture, offering ideas and practical advice easily adapted by other academic units on campus.  This work is timely.  In a society increasingly shaped by design thinking, people freely borrow from the time-honored traditions of design and apply tried-and-true processes, theories, and values to their own disciplinary areas.”

Sherrill Hayes, Ph.D., Conflict Resolution and Dispute Resolution, 2009-2010 – Study of Community Engaged Faculty at UNCG

“This fellowship is an important one for building relationships between faculty and staff to improve the quality of instruction at the university. UNCG has shown both bravery and dedication in moving towards embracing community engagement through service learning, engaged scholarship, and co-curricular service and supporting programs like this is a tangible demonstration of that on-going commitment.  It would be a disservice for opportunities like this to not continue. From my point of view, faculty development is student and community development.”

Stephanie Kurtts, Ph.D., Specialized Education Services, 2008-2009 – Investigation and Draft of a Minor Program in Community Engagement and Leadership (CEL); Integration of Community-Engaged Scholarship in the UNCG 2009-2014 Strategic Plan

Robert Charest, MArch., Interior Architecture, Spring 2007 – Enhanced Understanding of Public/Private Partnerships for Service-Learning

Adrian Wurr, Ph.D., English, 2005-2006 –  Survey Development and Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Spoma Jovanovich, Ph.D., Communication Studies, 2005-2006 – Documenting and Supporting Service-Learning in Promotion and Tenure