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

Service-Learning Support

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:
    • Transportation
    • Budgets
    • Attendance
    • Training
    • Risk management/liability issues
  • 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.