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Public Affairs and Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement Across the Curriculum (CEAC)

Civic Engagement Across the Curriculum


CEAC Application

Fall 2016 Schedule

What CEAC Can Do For YOU

Civic Engagement Resources

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Past Participants, Courses, and Examples

Salisbury's Fall 2017 Civic Engagement Courses:

Kara French: History 213/GSST 213

Sarah Surak: POSC 101 & POSC 440

Chrys Egan: CMAT 297, CMAT 430, and CMAT 102

Vinita Agarwal: CMAT 445 and CMAT 447

Grace Clement: PHIL 316

Civic Engagement Across the Curriculum (CEAC) is a ten week seminar coordinated each fall. CEAC is designed to help faculty integrate civic engagement experiences into their existing or planned courses. We approach this work to advance Salisbury University’s mission statement, which states in part, “Our highest purpose is to empower our students with the knowledge, skills, and core values that contribute to active citizenship, gainful employment, and life-long learning in a democratic society and interdependent world.”

  • Fall 2017 meetings: Weekly TBA

In approaching this lofty goal we follow the definition of civic engagement set forward by the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (Civic Engagement definition).

Faculty participating in the seminar are expected to complete all assignments. The ultimate product is a revised course syllabus, reflecting a tightly integrated civic engagement component comprising at least one credit hour of their course. This civic engagement component is generally referred to as an enhancement.

CEAC has set particular requirements for the enhancement:

  • Academic rigor
  • Relation to a pressing social issue
  • Interaction between students and community members outside the classroom
  • Sharing of enhancement outcomes in a setting beyond the classroom

Other objectives for this seminar series include:

  • Differentiate between civic engagement and other forms of community-based learning
  • Describe the goals of civic engagement in the university setting
  • Review frameworks and theories useful in guiding civic engagement work
  • Develop inquiry-based civic engagement assignments and assessment tools

Assignment goals:

  1. Investigate a compelling question tied to your discipline
  2. Incorporate communication with community members outside the classroom
  3. Involve thoughtful planning for or delivery of action items
  4. Encourage students to move towards the 'justice-oriented citizen’

Faculty who complete the seminar and all required course material are provided $500 in scholarship funds. Redesigned courses are provided the PACE designation in GullNet, identifying the course as one focused on civic engagement experiences.

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