Below you can find answers to some key questions about what it means to be SCYP Faculty.
How does SCYP work?
The SCYP focuses a variety of courses per term for one academic year on projects for our partner city that address their quality of life, redevelopment, and sustainability goals. By connecting courses enrolling hundreds of students with high-priority community projects, SCYP provides academic experience working on real-world projects while creating momentum and enabling students to provide service and support to communities.
Who can participate?
Faculty, including adjunct faculty and lecturers, are encouraged to participate in the program. If you teach an existing upper-division undergraduate or graduate course with applied learning, would like to incorporate a real-world project into your curriculum, or would like to serve a community by incorporating and analyzing community data, SCYP is for you.
Why should I link my course with a project?
SCYP exists to bring communities and students together to catalyze real change. By focusing your existing course on a city-identified project, your students are linked to a larger effort with a visible impact in our partner city. As much as cities are seeking resources and assistance in accomplishing critical projects, students are seeking tangible real-world experiences to make a difference, and practice their skills outside the classroom.
What is the time commitment?
Little time is required to participate. We recognize that faculty have high demands on their time and we minimize this barrier by connecting existing courses with city needs. Our SCYP program manager, Megan Banks, provides support before, during and after your course. While there may some upfront time investment to develop the class activity, SCYP provides maximum support to reduce faculty time burden.
What are the benefits for faculty?
SCYP matches courses with real-world projects from our partner city and provides the support and infrastructure to make the project applicable for your existing course. The opportunity SCYP courses provide are of direct interest to students, and fuel their engagement and excitement in the classroom. In sum, SCYP provides:
- Staff support: Our SCYP program manager provide assistance for your applied learning activity.
- Impactful work for students: Which is more likely to engage students—hypothetical data OR data from a local community that could solve real-world problems?
- Publicity: SCYP works with campus and local city media to share course successes and ensure you receive recognition for the good work your class provides for the community.
How do students benefit?
Students benefit from:
- Enhanced learning experience
- Applied skills and experience that students can use on resumes and in interviews
- Development of personal relationships with local communities
How does SCYP support faculty?
The SCYP program manager will assist you in identifying a project, connecting with the community partners, and setting up learning activities. Participating should require little or no additional time. Furthermore:
- The SCYP program manager facilitates contact with city and community partners, works with you and city staff to develop the initial concept into a project that is appropriate for your course, and ensure that you have what you need for your project.
- The SCYP program manager will communicate with city staff throughout the project to maintain collaborative relationship and provide technical assistance. We will communicate project successes to campus and local media, and set up presentations of project findings to the city and stakeholders as needed.
- We will also work with a paid student from your course to develop a report which serves as the final deliverable to the city.
What is my responsibility as a faculty member?
As a faculty participant we ask that you:
- Incorporate a final presentation component that focuses on students presenting their final work to city staff.
- Assist the SCYP program manager with identifying a high achieving student with whom they can contract to create the summary report.
- Facilitate the transfer of materials to the report writer.
What is my course deliverable?
The final deliverable to the city is a summary report of the best designs, solutions, and/or products generated by your class for each project. The SCYP project manager will contract a student in the course to write the report, outside of class. Reports will be posted on our website and faculty will receive a hard copy.
Do I need a background in sustainability?
Nope! You can help our partner meet their sustainability goals whether or not you or your course have a background in sustainability. For example, a course project that provides recommendations that could lead to financial savings or increase citizen access to city services all support the SCYP goal of contributing to quality of life of our partner communities.
How do I get involved?
Contact us! Please get in touch with the SCYP Manager, Megan Banks, at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or to share your ideas.