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.


  • 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



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