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Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program Accepting Applications until 10/25/21

Oct 13, 2021

Center for Service in Action (CSA) and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT) invite faculty to apply individually or in teams to be Service-Learning (SL) Faculty Fellows for the 2021-22 academic year. Service-learning combines learning goals and community service in ways that can enhance both student growth and the common good. The purpose of the program is to support faculty in expanding the number of service-learning courses offered across campus. Stipends are available. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25. The details of the program can be found here, and the online application can be submitted here. Any questions about the program should be directed to Anurag Pande (, faculty liaison for Service Learning. 

Service-Learning: Faculty Team award

Jun 5, 2018

Dennis Bashaw, Maggie Kirk, Greg Starzyk

Professors Bashaw, Kirk and Starzyk created an interdisciplinary studio experience that focused on assisting and rebuilding the community of Weed, California that was ravaged by fire in September 2014.



The course on Integrate Project Delivery included students from all three disciplines working in teams to develop and execute a recovery for the community. What is remarkable about their work is that these faculty are from three different departments at Cal Poly. It may come as a surprise to some of you but in academia we work in our silos way too often. It takes real work to break down those silos and work together as they have been doing. One of their partners in the community called their interdisciplinary approach to real world projects “the best learning that can occur.” Their leadership, organization, and management skills were critical to the success of the project so far away from San Luis Obispo. 

Service-Learning: Kelle Brooks Faculty award

Jun 5, 2018

Architecture faculty Professor Brooks has been working with local underserved K-6 schools in the area. This past year, she supervised Architecture students on the design of an outdoor learning environment for Rice Elementary School in Santa Maria. From her nomination by one of her colleagues, “Professor Brooks is applying her professional skills as an architect as well as her knowledge of educational learning theory to applied design projects.” She provides mentorship, guidance, and valuable learning experience to her students through Interdisciplinary collaborations such as one with Construction Management department on the aforementioned project.


President's Community Service Award Honors Professor

Jun 5, 2018

Matt Ritter, (pictured with President Armstrong) a Cal Poly biological science professor and tree expert, who has served as chairman of San Luis Obispo’s tree committee, was honored with the 2015 President's Community Service Award for efforts to improve the health of the city’s urban forest. Continue reading here.

Cal Poly Faculty Honored with Learn by Doing Scholar Award

Jun 5, 2018

Dr. J. Kevin Taylor and Dr. Steffen Peuker were award the inaugural Learn by Doing Scholar Award at the More than a Motto Conference on May 15, 2015. Continue reading here.

Service-Learning Faculty Showcase

Jun 3, 2015

Brian and Jennifer Bates, (pictured above) presenting their work at the Service Learning Faculty Showcase on May 2, 2018.With great support from Brad Kyker at  the Center for Service in Action and Dianna Winslow at CTLT, we had another successful year of our faculty fellows program that helps support integration of SL into our courses. This year is especially exciting as we are working with faculty teaching first year General Education Courses. 

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Sample News Item - Cal Poly's Named Nation's Go-To University for Recruitment of Highly Skilled Aerospace and Defense Employees

Aug 14, 2013

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The job readiness of Cal Poly graduates has landed the school atop the rankings in Aviation Week’s Workforce Study of “go-to” universities. Aviation Week and Space Technology’s annual study has been a mainstay for aerospace and defense (A&D) industry recruitment, planning and trend analysis since 1997.

It is the second consecutive year that Cal Poly has been named No. 1. New for the 2012 study, Aviation Week used three lenses to examine the schools most likely to supply the science, technology, engineering and math talent needed for the future. Categories included: industry’s preferred schools for recruiting; the universities that produced the greatest number of A&D job placements; and the schools that young professionals believe gave them an edge in being hired and promoted. In that order, the trio of schools at the top includes Cal Poly, Iowa State University and Georgia Institute of Technology.
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