January 2012
About Us
The Office for Academic Excellence and Assessment (AEA) at Creighton University provides ongoing support and resources to enhance teacher effectiveness and student learning.

To learn more about faculty development programming, assessment, course design, student learning processes and/or effective teaching methods, or the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), contact Mary Ann Danielson at 402.280.2535.

Find past issues of this newsletter here.

do you use service-Learning?
The Office of Academic Excellence and Assessment is working with a number of offices at Creighton to improve our tracking and reporting of service-learning, academic courses and instructors.

Thank you to the School of Nursing and selected individuals who responded to the December call — but we need to hear from all areas of the campus, particularly all academic schools and colleges.

If you teach service-learning courses OR know of others who use this pedagogy, please contact Mary Ann Danielson, maddam@creighton.edu, with this information.

Thank you for your assistance in what will be the start of improved academic service-learning reporting for Creighton's campus.
Corporation for National & Community Service Updates
President's Honor Roll for Community Service
Thank you to the almost 30 individuals from 22 different offices, colleges, or schools who helped compile the data for our 2010-2011 submission to the President's Honor Roll for Community Service. The report was filed in December, and the results will be shared in an upcoming newsletter. Until then, we are featuring two programs that embody the blending of service, service-learning and community outreach in ways that are uniquely Creighton.
Cortina community
The Cortina Community is an intentional living-learning community for sophomores developed by the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ), the Department of Residence Life and Academic Affairs. Cortina Community members attend weekly meetings, a retreat each semester, one academic course each semester (as a cohort) and engage in weekly service "that exposes us to the injustices present in our own community and the world." Cortina currently partners with 17 different sites throughout Omaha and Council Bluffs. Click here for more information about the program. 
Creighton in the D.R.
Creighton has partnered with the Dominican nonprofit organization ILAC/CESI for almost 40 years. Undergraduate, law, medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing, occupational and physical therapy students and faculty participate in six programs in the Dominican Republic throughout the year. Students are prepared for a year prior to participation on the three components of ILAC's programs: cross-cultural immersion, spirituality and service. In addition to providing health care and educational outreach, the Center was also active in responding to the Haitian earthquake. Click here for more information about current activities.
Metropolitan Coalition for Service Learning News
2011 Theme: refugees
Creighton University is a member of the Metro Area Service-Learning Coalition. The 2011 theme is "Refugees."

The Coalition seeks to (1) increase collaboration and share selected service-learning programming among nine metro-area universities; (2) to offer coordinated programming on a selected topic each semester; and (3) to bring university and college resources to bear in educating students and the public about selected significant local, national and international issues.

The next meeting is Jan. 20 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Look for spring events in the February newsletter.
recommended readings
Faculty authors chapter
Thanks to Maya Khanna (Department of Psychology) who was willing to share her article, "Community Service Engagement: How Our Students Benefit from This Service and How to Encourage Them to Pursue Community Service," as published in a 2011 edited book, Promoting Student Engagement; Volume 1: Programs, Techniques and Opportunities.

The chapter offers many reasons why faculty should encourage students to engage in community service and then discusses five routes or methods by which to engage our students. Read the article (PDF)
Conference Notes and Call for Papers
Applied Learning
The 7th Annual Conference on Applied Learning in Higher Education (CALHE), hosted by Missouri Western State University, will be held March 22-24. The program features Patti Clayton and Janet Eyler, who will speak on service-learning. The early registration deadline has been extended to Jan. 31. Conference details
April 2012 conference
The 23rd Annual National Service-Learning Conference and youthrive PeaceJam National Leadership Conference will be held April 11-14, 2012, in Minneapolis. Conference details