Faculty / Instructors
Go beyond the classroom to connect students with communities through teaching, research, and leadership.
Participate in a university-wide effort to make public service an essential feature of a Stanford education! Cardinal Service supports faculty and instructors like you to engage students by integrating meaningful, community engaged learning into coursework.
Through teaching Cardinal Courses, faculty and instructors can apply their academic scholarship and expertise to meaningful, public service opportunities in the field. Collaborate with students to address some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges across the globe.
What is a Cardinal Course?
One of four main components of Cardinal Service, Cardinal Courses engage students in projects and partnerships in the community that address social or environmental challenges. Though projects and partnerships vary, all Cardinal Courses:
- Engage with a community to address a social problem or societal need
- Integrate course objectives and community-based experiences
- Produce reciprocal benefits for students, faculty, and community partners
- Provide opportunities to critically examine public issues
- Embody Stanford's Principles of Ethical and Effective Service
Cardinal Courses may feature service as an integral component of the academic course experience, focus on public service as subject matter, or offer preparation for public service internships or fieldwork. Other courses allow students already engaged in service to enhance the effectiveness of their work.
They may be small, intensive seminars or larger lecture courses with community engagement related discussion sections and experiences. Service elements range from include hands-on activities at partner locations to class projects that benefit a large community.
Grants are available to help cover costs associated with Cardinal Courses.
ME 170A/B: Mechanical Engineering Design- Integrating Context with Engineering
Jeff Wood, Sheri Sheppard, Drew Nelson
In this two-quarter capstone sequence, seniors in Mechanical Engineering work in teams to design and develop engineering systems addressing real-world problems in collaboration with community partners. Projects are based on themes addressing the most pressing needs of human society.
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