Community Engagement Scholars
Each semester, our office selects several faculty to work with our cohort of Community
The Scholars are trained student leaders who assist faculty teaching academic service-learning
courses or departments with growing community partnerships, community-based research
projects, or other community-engagement efforts. Scholars receive training from the
Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs, as well as a stipend and the opportunity
to participate in professional development workshops.
Each week, Community Engagement Scholars spend approximately 5-8 hours coordinating
service-learning programs and services.
- Foster an atmosphere on campus and in the classroom where students feel empowered
to participate in public service.
- Work collaboratively with faculty to prepare students for public service at local
- Coordinate with non-profit agencies for class presentations, logistics, and orientation
for student volunteers.
- Meet weekly with faculty collaborator to discuss the progress of the action plan for
implementing service-learning into the curriculum.
- Maintain regular communication with faculty, students in the course, and non-profit
- Create a list of each student’s service project and number of hours served.
- Facilitate a classroom presentation about the benefits of service-learning on students
and the community.
- Actively participate in Community Engagement Scholars Orientation.
- Prepare reflection activities for students throughout the course.
- If applicable, coordinate group presentations at the end of the semester.
- If applicable, coordinate a ride share program for students serving at the same community
- Participate in bi-weekly paraprofessional workshops on such topics as: resume building,
financial literacy, time management, and active citizenship.
- Meet with the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs staff periodically
to discuss progress.
- Other duties as assigned by the faculty partner.
- Currently enrolled in a West Chester University undergraduate or graduate program
- Interest and enthusiasm for working with peers either individually or in groups
- Knowledge and/or experience in working with community agencies
- Ability to organize, prioritize, and multi-task in a timely manner
- Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
New CE Scholars and Faculty Partners are selected each semester. Interested faculty
should apply to our office first. For the application and/or assistance with creating
a plan of action for your course or department, please contact Jodi Roth-Saks
Once they are selected for the program, individual faculty and departments are responsible
for assisting with recruiting and selecting a student.