Service Learning Course (re)Design Institute

Service learning is a High-Impact Practice for students. The It's About Engagement! Institutes for Course (re)Design are an opportunity for faculty to transform their courses to enhance student engagement using research-based practices that are aligned with the definitions and guidelines for the Its About Engagement! initiative. For the 2023 Course (re)Design Institute, CETL is partnering with KSU's Department of Leadership and Service, Ruthie Yow from Georgia Tech, and Urkovia Andrews from Georgia Southern to focus on service learning. Faculty can either design a new course or redesign an existing course.

These institutes are open to faculty who teach in all delivery modalities (online, blended, or traditional face-to-face). The institutes are intentionally designed to be an inclusive and interdisciplinary environment. During the institute, participants are exposed to the theory and research of instructional strategies or pedagogies, followed by the time and space to put that theory into practice via changes to course plans and assignments.

Throughout the institute, participants are provided time to work on their course alone, get feedback from colleagues, and the opportunity for assistance and feedback from a workshop facilitator. Each day, participants set goals and share their outcomes as part of an accountability circle. On the final day, participants share their newly (re)designed artifacts. These artifacts may include a syllabus, a fully articulated course mapping document to show constructive alignment among course elements, a set of objectives, learned-centered activities, assessments, and/or rubrics.

Faculty accepted to this Institute will be paid a stipend of $1,500 upon completion of the requirements. 

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Service Learning Course (Re)Design Institute. If you have any other questions, please contact

  • We would like to strengthen the community of practice among institute participants as teacher scholars who can expertly facilitate and assess service-learning experiences. 
    Institute participants will be able to: 

    • Apply the backward design process to their service-learning course(s) 
    • Translate high level service-learning goals to actionable outcome statements 
    • Produce assessments that evaluate student learning from service-learning activities and provide feedback for instructional practices 
    • Create equitable service-learning activities that directly support intended learning outcomes and motivate students to develop skills over time 
    • Align service-learning outcomes, assessments, and activities to support significant learning goals
  • The next offering of this Institute will be May 15-19, 2023. The Institute will be 8:00am - 5:00pm each day with the last day (Friday), as a half-day.

  • Upon completion of the institute requirements, each accepted faculty member will receive $1,500 in summer pay for their participation in this Institute. Each faculty member is responsible for ensuring the assignment does not go over their summer workload limits. 

  • All full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and lecturers who are under contract to teach during the semester the course will be delivered are eligible to apply.

  • Follow the online application submission instructions below. Only completed online applications that include the fully signed cover sheet submitted by the application deadline will be accepted. 

  • In order to receive the stipend, faculty who are accepted into this Institute must do the following: 

    • Participate in the Institute (4.5 days) in its entirety.

    • Produce a completed Personal Learning Journal addressing the components of a revised course plan with a service learning experience for a course to be taught in Summer 2023, Fall 2023, or Spring 2024. The service learning experience should meet the "It's About Engagement" guidelines for service learning courses.

    • Produce guidelines for a reflection assignment in the course.
  • The application deadline for the 2023 institute is Monday, April 10, 2023 at 11:59pm. 

    The call for applications will remain open until this time unless the capacity for the institute is reached before then.

  • All applicants will be notified of the decision within approximately two weeks after the application deadline.
  • Up to 15 faculty members can be funded in this Institute.
  • Yes; any for-credit course can be used for this course redesign institute. The courses can be introductory, intermediate, Directed Studies, capstones, etc.
  • No. As per SACSCOC guidelines, Kenesaw State's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) targets undergarduate courses only.
  • Yes! We encourage all faculty who are interested in course-based service learning experiences to apply for this Institute. This includes faculty who have never done this before as well as faculty who are already doing this but would like more information about improving the experience for their students.

As per SACS guidelines, Kenesaw State's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) targets undergraduate courses only.


It will be the responsibility of the individual submitting the application to ensure all portions are complete.

  1. Download the Institute for Course (re)Design cover page and obtain all required signatures. (Please use DocuSign to obtain electronic signatures on university documents.)
  2. Fill out the required fields in the form below.
  3. Upload the required PDF file of the completed the cover page.
  4. Click “Submit” when you are ready to submit your application.

You will receive an email confirmation once you submit. If you do not receive the confirmation email, contact CETL at It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the proposal was received by the deadline.