This agreement between FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY and the faculty member identified below specifies pay; logistical support; and required training, course expectations, outcomes assessments and reports to be completed during the following instructional activity.
A. Participation in the Political Engagement Project: Ferris State University has been chosen by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as one of eight universities to conduct a pilot research and pedagogy project focused on increasing political engagement among undergraduate students. Co-sponsored by The New York Times and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Phase I of the Political Engagement Project sought to enhance student political engagement through individual courses. Phase II seeks to achieve that goal on a campus-wide basis. The major distinction of a Political Engagement Project Course (PEP) is that it does not require creation of a new course or the complete overhaul of an existing course. Rather, PEP requires only that at least one of the course objectives will serve to improve student political engagement in relation to course material by exposing students to real events and players in a political arena. Examples of relevant activities include, but are not limited to: guest speaker series, attendance at governmental meetings, travel to events away from campus, utilization of current media resources in addition to or in place of texts, etc.
To achieve those objectives, each PEP instructor will be responsible for:
B. Incentives: The Division of Academic Affairs will support the development of this political engagement "culture" in a variety of ways. To that end the following resources will be made available to faculty who participate in this program: