Participation and Incentives

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:

  1. participating in scheduled Political Engagement Project professional development programming prior to and during the semester of instruction
  2. developing appropriate instructional activities and assignments for the designated course in order to meet the criteria of the FSU Political Engagement Project.
  3. teaching one section of that course in the semester following development of the activities and assignments
  4. participating in bi-weekly PEP exchanges with other PEP faculty and the project co-coordinators
  5. conducting the necessary student feedback and outcomes assessments and reports

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:

  1. a $500 stipend to be paid upon completion of activity identification/development and training with the project co-coordinators
  2. a $500 stipend to be paid at the end of each semester a PEP section is taught, for up to six semesters
  3. assistance in development of activities and training
  4. bi-weekly PEP exchanges with other PEP faculty
  5. secretarial assistance, logistical support and budget assistance for course activities, such as student travel, speaker honoraria, etc.
  6. potential for recognition as a Ferris Carnegie Fellow and opportunities to share results through conferences and publications