Summer 2020 Connect Learning Grant and Course Development Program

The Connect Learning Grant and Course Development Program is open to faculty members who are interested in designing or redesigning a course to integrate service-learning components while cultivating marketable skills (oral/written communication, critical thinking, teamwork, personal/social responsibility, empirical/quantitative skills, and leadership) in our students. A teaching grant ($250-$2000) will be offered in the form of two payments in recognition of the significant time investments of this program.*

Launched in summer 2018, this development program has program accepted 25 courses for redevelopment as experiential and service-learning courses. We are pleased to offer this program again in the Summer of 2020.

As a high impact practice, service-learning is a "teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Service-learning is a structured learning experience that combines community service with preparation and reflection. Service-learning provides college and university students with a "community context" to their education, allowing them to connect their academic coursework to their roles as citizens," (Seifer and Conners, 2007). Career Connect strives to support the sustainable and feasible development of service-learning opportunities across UNT, providing students with multiple experiences to support their development and success as students.

The Service-Learning Development Grant is being offered again during Summer 2020! Applications are closed. 

Open to UNT faculty from all academic disciplines for undergraduate coursework to be taught in the Fall 2020 term*, this program is designed to be completed almost completely online in an interactive format along with individual phone and/or face-to-face consultations as needed. Additionally, a face-to-face kick-off meeting and orientation will take place to start the program and will be followed by a closing presentation to celebrate experiences.

For this cycle, we are particularly interested in proposals seeking to integrate or grow service-learning activities within courses. Materials and grant program content focuses on developing existing or planned coursework beyond experiential opportunities to a broader community-based learning experience in which both the individual student’s learning experience as well as the experience of the recipient are weighed equally in the course design process.

*If your course is not offered in the fall, but instead in spring 2021, please contact Jordan Rogers ( or Melanie Mitchell ( to discuss. Your course may still be eligible for this program.  

Service-Learning & Community Engaged Learning

Orientation & Program Kick-off: TBD

This program has TWO distinct parts:

Part 1: Completion of 6 Online Learning Modules

Dates for Part 1: Flexible May 18th - June 22nd

Part 2:  Syllabus and ePortfolio Preparation & Implementation of revised Course

Dates for Part 2: Flexible August 24th - December 11th

Program includes:

  • Resources to engage community-based organizations into curricular plans.
  • Course development resources and opportunities related to service-learning pedagogy, the role of reflection, and methods to develop and measure skill growth in students.
  • Opportunities for collaboration with colleagues via online discussion board prompts and assignments.
  • Online training with the UNT ePortfolio and its use in Canvas.
  • Minimum of two (2) individual consultations with Connect Staff (teleconference) with the option to add more if required. 
    • Consultation 1: Week of August 17th, 2020
    • Consultation 2: Mid-fall Semester

Program Celebration:
Date TBA, Fall 2020

Expected Time Commitment

4-6 hours/week for Online Module Completion

Academic Year Expectations

-  Deliver the redesigned course in fall 2020, and at least one additional semester during the the 20/21 academic year.

*Contingent on Chair, Dean, and Provost pre-approval

If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact Connect's Faculty/Staff Development Specialists, Jordan Rogers or Melanie Mitchell 

Fall 2018 Recipients


UNT Career Connect congratulates the five Fall 2018 Connect Learning Grant and Course Development Program recipients! We look forward to working with Dr. Sara Champlin and Mr. Cornelius Foote from the Mayborn School of Journalism, Dr. Kim De Wolf from the Philosophy and Religion department, Dr. Zuoming Wang from the Communication department and Dr. Beverly Wagner from the Applied Arts and Sciences program.

Summer 2020 Application Procedure

Applications are currently closed. Deadline to apply was May 1st, 2020, 11:59 pm. 

Faculty may apply individually or as teams. We seek applicants who are committed to engaging with best practices in experiential and/or service-learning frameworks by transforming their courses to focus on both curricular and employable skill development. We are especially interested in courses that have broad impacts for undergraduate students (for example, large section first-year courses). 

The application will include a request for:

  • A brief proposal
  • Course Syllabus or Curriculum Committee Course proposal
  • Acknowledgement from the department chair