updated: 5/2/2011 10:06:27 AM
The University of Indianapolis has received a $645,000 gift from the estate of a longtime benefactor whose family wishes to remain anonymous. The school says the money will fund the University Distinguished Professor of Service Learning. The first faculty member appointed to the new position will begin the three-year renewable term in fall 2012.
May 2, 2011
A new endowed faculty position at the University of Indianapolis will advance the institution’s practice of enriching its academic programs with community service work.
The University Distinguished Professor of Service Learning will be supported by revenue from a $645,000 gift from the estate of a longtime benefactor whose family wishes to remain anonymous.
“This gift is truly inspired in that its impact will be felt indefinitely,” said Deborah Balogh, UIndy’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Establishing a distinguished professorship reinforces the value of service learning for students and puts renewed emphasis on the university’s core tenet that knowledge should support a greater purpose beyond ourselves. The ultimate beneficiaries will be the communities around the world where our graduates choose to live their lives.”
Service learning is an experiential teaching method that integrates community service projects with instruction and reflection to enhance the educational experience, promote civic engagement and strengthen communities.
The concept is built into the foundation of UIndy, where the motto is “Education for Service.” The university is among only 311 higher-education institutions nationwide to have earned the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification, which identifies schools whose mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices are aligned to support service activities and community partnerships. UIndy students logged more than 10,000 hours of volunteer work during the 2009-2010 academic year, according to the university’s Community Programs Center, which coordinates service-learning efforts.
The first UIndy faculty member appointed to the new position will begin the three-year renewable term in Fall 2012. Candidates will be nominated by the various deans for selection by the provost. The endowed position will include supplementary salary, along with discretionary time and financial support for projects and travel, with the objective of engaging more students in service-learning activities consistent with the university mission.
Source: University of Indianapolis