The Faculty Side: Service-Learning
Faculty Service-Learning Criteria
Recognized: service-learning experiences meet a recognized community need
Reciprocal: service-learning experiences provide a meaningful and reciprocal experience for the student and the identified community organization
Reflective: service-learning experiences incorporate guided reflective activities that further connect course content with the service experiences
Registered: service-learning courses should be registered with the Community Engagement & Service-Learning Office each semester for recognition in the schedule of courses, potential funding and award opportunities
The Benefits of Service-Learning in Higher Education
Students benefit from service-learning by...
Increasing deep learning experiences
Understanding community issues and learn how they can make a difference
Exploring career options and building resume
Developing leadership and communication skills
Connecting service to civic responsibility
Faculty benefit from service-learning by...
Strengthening classroom community and increasing student retention
Connecting the relationship between theory and practice
Allowing for assessment and critical reflection
Reaching multiple learning styles
Teaching values, social justice, and civic responsibility
The Office of Community Engagement & Service-Learning can...
Serve as a liaison between faculty and community partners
Handle the logistics of the service component, including:
Share ideas and strategies for course construction and possible partners
Present to classes on service-learning and participant expectations
Assessment and evaluation of both community partners and students
Assistance with grants and funding opportunities
Provide resources to help with the reflection component
Help lead reflection
Work with local media to promote positive publicity
We also have a plethora of support resources, like...
A library with both general course construction materials as well as discipline specific resources
Website with support materials, liability forms, and links to other resources
Access to online resources such as Campus Compact
Grant and conference presentation opportunities
Access to example syllabi for your discipline
Inquire with Westminster Fellow of Community Engagement & Service-Learning at 573-592-6213.