For Faculty

What is Service Learning?

Service learning is an experiential teaching method used to link course content to real-life experiences that focus on a community need or social justice issue. Simply put, service learning helps students gain knowledge by tackling problems faced in their community. Students taking service learning courses are required to complete a designated amount of volunteer service hours (typically 10-20 hours) per semester with a local, not-for-profit community partner. Students integrate their service experiences with their coursework through ongoing reflection and class assignments.

Benefits:

  • Enriches and enlivens teaching and learning
  • Promotes interactive teaching methods and reciprocal learning between students and faculty
  • Adds new insights and dimensions to class discussions
  • Creates new areas for research and increases opportunities for professional recognition
  • Extends campus resources into the community and reinforces the value of academic engagement

Resources

Interested?

Contact Alexandra Fields or Jennifer Altman to learn how you can incorporate Service Learning into your classroom.