About Lindy Center for Civic Engagement
Drexel University is committed to becoming “the most civically
engaged university in the United States,” encouraging students,
staff, and faculty to be responsible members of their local and
global communities and to use their skills to address societal
issues with the goal of improving quality of life for everyone. The
Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, located within the department of
University and Community Partnerships, is a driver of this mission
on campus by providing opportunities for students, faculty, and
staff to learn and think critically about social issues, engage
with communities through service, academic experiences, and
relationship-building, and reflect on their capacity to make
The Lindy Center for Civic Engagement’s mission is to foster a
culture of civic responsibility by providing programs and resources
that empower Drexel students and the broader university community
to expand their civic identities through engagement in
mutually-beneficial partnerships that lead to a more just
CIVC 101: Introduction to Civic Engagement is meant to be students’
first educational experience in their civic engagement journey. The
curriculum, maintained by the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement and
taught by adjunct instructors, gives students a basic understanding
of the broad definition of civic engagement and invites students to
critically examine key concepts related to civic and community
engagement, including identity and social location, community, and
systems of power. As a Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) course,
students not only learn and discuss concepts in class but also put
them into practice by engaging with each other and their
communities and reflecting on the deeper meanings of their
classroom and community experiences. The course relies heavily on
sociological and social justice concepts—recognizing that social
issues are systemic and related to identity, social groups, power,
Consistent with the mission and vision of the Lindy Center for
Civic Engagement and the University’s goals, below are the learning
outcomes for this course. Student will be able to:
- Define civic engagement and community engagement and key
concepts such as identity, community, and systems of power.
- Practice skills related to civic engagement (self-awareness,
relationship building, dialogue, reflection, etc.) in real-world
situations through direct community engagement.
- Identify social issues connected to direct service at a
community partner, and be able to identify and critically examine
additional social issues in class.
- Envision their own identity as an active, engaged, responsible
- Recognize how effective individual actions can affect social
- Identify examples of power and privilege and be able to explain
their impact in everyday life.
CIVC 101 is a 1-credit course that takes place for 50 minutes once
per week. There are several sections offered each term at different
times during weekdays and weekday evenings. Adjunct instructors
generally teach one section per term and they can choose the time
of the section based on their availability. The course is taught
face-to-face on Drexel’s University City main campus and generally
enrolls a maximum of 50 students.
- Attending one training before teaching the course, and ongoing
workshops, community-building events, and/or one-on-ones with the
Lindy Center staff (generally 2-3 events per term in addition to
- Completing all necessary hiring paperwork.
- Ensuring the course learning outcomes are met by following the
given syllabus and lesson plans provided by the Lindy Center and
communicating any potential changes with the AD.
- Attending and teaching the course once a week throughout the
- Managing a relationship with a Teaching Assistant who can
assist with course facilitation, classroom logistics, and student
- Grading all student assignments and participation – includes
submitting final student grades within 48 hours of the final exam,
maintaining accurate documentation of course records, and
potentially assisting the Lindy Center with student grade disputes
should they arise
- Making yourself available to students outside of class and
responding to student emails in a timely fashion; also responding
to Lindy Center communications in a timely fashion.
- Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree.
- An intermediate understanding of course concepts, including
social justice, identity, power, privilege, systemic inequality,
equity, oppression, discrimination, etc. Previous experience
facilitating discussion about these concepts is helpful but not
necessary, as long as instructors are comfortable enough with the
concepts themselves to lead students in discussion.
- Commitment to creating inclusive, equitable, anti-racist
classroom environments that center and reduce harm to marginalized
- Commitment to student support and growth, which includes
assessing students as individuals and showing compassion while
holding students accountable.
- Experience facilitating workshops, classes, or other
- Ability to provide mentorship to and collaborate with an
undergraduate Teaching Assistant.
- Desire to participate in and contribute to the community of
adjuncts, teaching assistants, and staff members who comprise the
CIVC 101 team.
University City, Philadelphia PA
Special Instructions to the Applicant
Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when
submitting your application.
Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is
Sep 12 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Jun 30 2023 Eastern Daylight Time