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Salvatori Community Scholars

The Salvatori Community Scholars program provides support to advanced graduate students who are doing community-based research whose experiences with community-based organizations can lead to new opportunities for service-learning students at USC.

Scholar(s) work with JEP's Associate Director for Research and Academic Affairs, USC faculty, and one or more community organizations to develop service-learning projects for undergraduate USC students. Projects are to be jointly determined by the needs of the community, the academic goals of the service-learning course, and the abilities and interests of the Scholar, and might include participatory action research or direct service activities. All projects must involve undergraduate students in work that builds their knowledge and skills while supporting the Scholar in a community-centered project. Ideally, the service-learning project will closely correspond to the scholarly activities of the Salvatori Community Scholar.

The position requires:

  • Graduate student standing at USC
  • Experience with community-centered projects
  • Strong qualitative and/or quantitative research skills
  • An ability to manage diverse tasks and responsibilities
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • An understanding of service-learning pedagogy and practice
  • Attendance at pre-semester training/retreat and periodic meetings, schedule TBA

Job responsibilities include:

  • Taking a cooperative leadership role in the implementation of the service-learning project
  • Providing supervision and support to the undergraduate service-learning students
  • Developing and grading weekly reflective essays submitted by the service-learning students
  • Acting as liaison between the community, USC faculty and JEP staff
  • Assisting in the recruitment and training of USC service-learning students and other volunteers
  • Assisting in the evaluation of USC service-learning students and other volunteers

For more information about the program, please contact Susan Harris (email; 213-740-1830)

Download an application. (.pdf)