Call for Applications for Best Practices in Global Service-Learning: A learning community and travel seminar for faculty and staff

We are pleased to offer a new professional development opportunity for the first time in 2015-2016.  Those who have developed or are interested in developing a global service-learning course on campus, on a travel seminar, at a partner institution during the semester or summer, or who work with experiential learning at Drake are encouraged to apply.  The cohort will consist of faculty and staff from a variety of disciplines and departments. This experience is being supported by the Ron & Jane Olson Endowment for Global Service-Learining.


The learning goals for this travel seminar include:

  • Define and identify characteristics of successful global service-learning
  • Experience a travel seminar first-hand and participate in service-learning with the local community abroad
  • Explore best practices for curriculum integration of global service-learning, including methods for developing opportunities for critical reflection
  • Gain new insight on the role of community voice and collaboration
  • Identify ways to incorporate global service-learning into future courses
  • Demonstrate knowledge gained through scholarship and teaching 

The program will be comprised of the following required components including: 

  • October 16: Welcome meeting/goals and objectives at 1 pm
  • October 23: Global Service-Learning Workshop: Enhancing Global Learning Experiences Through Scholarship and Critical Reflection.  To be held on Drake’s campus with Patti Clayton from 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm. (Lunch provided)
  • November, February, and March: Pre-departure sessions (Date TBD)
  • March 12 through March 19: GSL travel seminar abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico, Tecnológico de Monterrey (partner university)
  • April and May: Re-entry sessions (Date TBD)
  • August 2016: Present at the 2016 Drake Learning Symposium
  • Develop a new or enhance a current global service-learning course

 Program participations includes:

  • Round-trip flight from Des Moines to Guadalajara
  • Meals from breakfast on Saturday, March 12 – lunch on Saturday, March 19
  • Accommodation for 7 nights at Tecnológico de Monterrey; shared apartments with two participants per room
  • Service-learning activities and site visits
  • Transportation for program sponsored activities
  • Workshops and learning community sessions (pre, during, and post travel seminar)
  • Cultural activities
  • $750 stipend for the time participants are investing into the program 

(Note: There will be required readings ahead of the pre-departure sessions)

The group will share lessons learned on best practices of global service-learning and how to successfully incorporate GSL into the curriculum at the Provost’s annual Learning Symposium in August 2016.  Cohort participants will develop GSL experiences at home or abroad, and will serve as a resource for other faculty and staff interested in developing GSL courses and travel seminars.

The application consist of:

1)    Answering four application questions at

2)    A confidential assessment and statement of support for your participation from your dean or department chair


Applications are due Friday, September 11th

Questions? Contact Renee Sedlacek at or Maria Rohach at



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