Academics

PPS Faculty Fellows

Purpose

The CPPS Faculty Fellowship is designed for Guilford College faculty members to advance the curricular priorities of principled problem solving at Guilford over the course of an academic year.

Objectives

At the end of this program, PPS Faculty Fellows will be able to:

  • Work directly with CPPS staff to advance the curricular priorities of CPPS
  • Cultivate or advance a PPS fellowship project of personal/professional interest that is linked to a new or existing course

Target Participants

All Guilford College faculty members are encouraged to apply to become a PPS Faculty Fellow.

Program Offerings

PPS Faculty Fellows receive financial support, academic and project support. PPS Faculty Fellows that are selected will be awarded the following:

  • Course release from one course either in the fall or spring semester
  • A stipend of $4,000
  • Additional funds will be available for PPS fellowship project to cover materials, and/or travel expenses related to the project

*Funds will be made available to the fellowship recipient’s department to compensate for the course release

Faculty Fellow Accountabilities

PPS Faculty Fellows have the following mandatory program accountabilities:

  • Cultivate or advance an experiential PPS fellowship project of personal/professional interest that is linked to a new or existing course (projects may include but are not limited to a targeted, hands-on PPS project, a PPS research undertaking, creating a new or retooling an existing syllabi to match PPS priorities, PPS faculty seminar development)
  • Support the PPS Scholars Program either by guest teaching a scholar’s course or participating in other program activities
  • Submit eight to ten (8-10) high quality photos (300 dpi) highlighting your experience over the course of the fellowship
  • Submit PPS blog entries (minimum of two)
  • Participate in PPS Board of Advisors meetings
  • Prepare and present a PPS Faculty Fellows presentation to be delivered to a public audience at the PPS Partnership Project Completion Ceremony
  • Participate in the PPS Partnership Project Completion Ceremony

Application Process

Write a letter of interest. The letter of interest must include one’s reasons for seeking the fellowship, indication of relevant interests and experience, and an initial description of a PPS project to be undertaken during the fellowship.

Directly give or email the letter of interest to Mark Justad, Director of the Center for Principled Problem Solving, justadmj@guilford.edu. Letters of interest must be submitted by March 10 each academic year. 

Faculty Fellows for the following year are chosen based upon the following criteria: 

  • Thoroughness and thoughtfulness of the letter of interest
  • Conversations with faculty members division chair and academic dean
  • Articulated interest in advancing the work and priorities of CPPS

For additional information or clarification, please call Mark Justad at 336.316.2853 or email Mark at justadmj@guilford.edu.

Engage

PPS Partnership Project Program

Purpose

The PPS Partnership Project Program is designed for Guilford College students, staff and faculty members to engage issues of social concern as related to our Core Values of Community, Diversity, Equality, Excellence, Integrity, Justice and Stewardship.

Objectives

At the end of this program, PPS Partnership Project Program participants will be able to:

  • Navigate the process of social change and innovation
  • Utilize the PPS Model to conduct a research project
  • Develop or strengthen academic and practical skills

Target Participants

A group of passionate human beings who aspire to use creative, strategic and research-based ideas to make positive social change including:

  • Guilford College students
  • Guilford College staff
  • Guilford College faculty
  • Community agencies/organizations (only in project collaboration with a Guilford College student, staff or faculty member)

Program Offerings

The Center for Principled Problem Solving (CPPS) offers partnership project participants financial assistance, administrative assistance, academic and skills training. PPS Partnership Project groups that are selected will be awarded the following:

  • Project funds for project related expenses (up to $1,500*)
  • Project and administrative support
  • PPS Model training
  • Academic and practical skills training
  • Post-project support

*Project funds must be used within the academic year

Program Criteria

CPPS is eager to support a diverse range of partnership projects that are designed for and can operate within any social context or community.PPS Partnership Projects may have broad aspirations, such as engaging a national or international issue or they may have focused aspirations such as engaging a Guilford College or Greensboro specific issue.

All PPS Partnership Projects must meet the following criteria:

  1. Project groups must be collaborative in nature, involving more than one Guilford College student, staff and/or faculty member.  Community agencies/organizations may be included in the project group; however, they must be invited to serve in the group by a Guilford College student, staff or faculty member serving in the group.
  2. Project engages a clearly identified, research-based social issue.
  3. Project’s social issue has relevance to one or more of Guilford College’s Core Values: Community, Diversity, Equality, Excellence, Integrity, Justice and Stewardship.
  4. Project outcome(s) make measurable, significant and positive social impact.
  5. Project group must participate in PPS Partnership Project academic and practical skills training sessions.

Project Group Accountabilities

PPS Partnership Project groups that are selected have the following mandatory program accountabilities:

  • Participate in PPS Partnership Project Orientation (Orientation Topics: Project Administration, PPS Model Training)
  • Participate in two (2) PPS Learn Shop sessions over the course of the project and prior to the project end date (Academic and Skills Training). PPS Learn Shops are 1 hour, interactive sessions that equips the project group with project-related, practical skills.
  • Participate in regular, in-person project update meetings
  • Submit eight to ten (8-10) high quality project photos over the course of the project
  • Prepare and present a PPS Partnership Project presentation to be delivered to a public audience at the PPS Partnership Project Completion Ceremony
  • Participate in the PPS Partnership Project Completion Ceremony

Application Process

PPS Partnership Projects are not limited to any particular size or time limit. PPS Partnership Project Applications are accepted year round. Please review the application process below.

Step 1: If possible, attend an Engage CPPS (open house) session to meet the CPPS project and communications manager, to learn more about the program and previous projects and to answer any questions that you may have.

Step 2: Read the PPS Partnership Project Program information on the CPPS website. For clarification, please call Delilah White, CPPS project and communications manager, at 336.316.2277 or email Delilah at whited@guilford.edu

Step 3: Meet with your project group to prepare application materials in advance of submitting the PPS Partnership Project Application. It is recommended that the project group meet two (2) weeks prior to the final submission of the project application. The two (2) weeks will allow your group time to gather and prepare accurate application materials. 

Step 4: Submit the PPS Partnership Project application. Contact Delilah White for a copy of the application.

Step 5: Promptly respond to any application communication, email or telephone call from Delilah if/when received.  The CPPS team will review your project application and will notify your project group of a decision within ten (10) business days.


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   verb

  1. participate or become involved in.
  2. establish a meaningful contact or connection with.

   adjective

  1. morally committed to a particular aim or cause.

PPS Scholars Program

Purpose

The PPS Scholars Program equips Guilford College students from diverse backgrounds and academic majors with the knowledge, practices, creative and critical thinking skills to become ethical agents of social change and innovation.

Objectives

At the end of this program, PPS scholars will be able to:

  • Understand practices and narratives of effective social change and innovation in diverse contexts
  • Reflect upon their own core values, the Core Values of Guilford College and how they can live out those values in their career and education
  • Build relationships, knowledge and skills in relation to local community organizations
  • Develop and implement a group project for the purpose of social change and innovation in relation to a social problem of shared concern

Target Participants

All Guilford students are encouraged to apply to the PPS Scholars Program.

Program Offerings

PPS Scholars receive financial support, academic support and professional development opportunities. PPS Scholars that are selected will be awarded the following:

  • A stipend of $1,500 per semester while in the program
  • A stipend of $3,000 to support a 180-hour internship during the summer following their PPS Scholar coursework
  • Personalized attention from Career Development staff to apply for their internships and to develop their career profile

Program Criteria

All PPS Scholars must meet the following criteria:

  • Student must be a rising sophomore or junior
  • Student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Student must take a two-credit course in the fall semester and a four-credit course in the spring semester, available only to PPS Scholars
  • Student must be willing and able to complete a 180-hour internship during the summer following course work

Scholar Accountabilities

PPS Scholars have the following mandatory program accountabilities:

  • Enrollment and full participation in PPS 210 in the fall semester and PPS 211 in the spring semester
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Apply for and obtain a summer internship placement, following PPS-specific internship requirements, for the summer following their coursework
  • Complete a 180-hour of internship, including their PPS project in the internship
  • Register for the 1-credit PPS 250 Summer internship course and completion of required assignments for PPS 250, concurrent with the internship
  • Submit eight to ten (8-10) high quality photos (300 dpi) highlighting your experience over the course of the program
  • Submit PPS blog entries
  • Participate in PPS Board of Advisors meetings

Application Process

Complete the PPS Scholar application packet including:

  1. Application (essays included in the application)
  2. Submit up to three (3) letters of recommendation from Guilford College staff and/or faculty
  3. Complete an in-person interview

The PPS Scholar applications will be available in January of each academic year. 

Scholars for the following year are chosen based upon the following criteria: 

  • Thoroughness and thoughtfulness of the written essays on application
  • Recommendations from faculty and/or staff
  • Diversity of major and background
  • Articulated interest in engagement with social issues
  • Communication skills during the in-person interview

For additional information or clarification, please call Jennie Knight, director of engaged teaching, at 336.316.2180 or email Jennie at knightjs@guilford.edu.