Picture of two Service-Learning faculty working on a farm, with tools in hand.Academic service-learning at SLCC is nationally recognized for best practices in faculty development and student engagement. The program provides a supportive infrastructure as well as professional development and mentoring for faculty that facilitates the involvement of all stakeholders in a collaborative learning process. The program also supports assessment efforts of our General Education Civic Literacy student learning outcome.

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Service-learning enhances course learning outcomes and student engagement while also addressing community-identified needs. Service-learning incorporates critical reflective thinking and civic engagement into academic coursework by means of integrating service opportunities with nonprofits, governmental, and/or educational community partners. Service-learning involves students in activities that attend to local needs while developing their academic skills, increasing their subject matter knowledge, and commitment to their communities. Service-learning commonly intersects with other High-Impact Practices.

Service-Learning Grant & Designation Program

The Service-Learning Grant & Designation (SLG&D) program seeks proposals for the development of new and modified service-learning courses, Engaged Department/program designations, and civic faculty fellows. Funding is awarded to offset the cost or time that it takes to implement your ideas and projects! The SLG&D program has three categories:

  • Individual Course Designation – up to $1,000

    Service-learning course designation offers funding directly to full-time and adjunct faculty to help them integrate service-learning class pedagogy in their class. Integrate service into course curriculum and work with community partners to engage students outside of the class-room through service.

  • Civic Faculty Fellows – up to $2,000

    Faculty Fellows is a distinction for civic minded faculty members who strive to promote high-impact practice (such as service-learning), boost department efforts to become more engaged and/or increase community engagement efforts across the college. Stipends are available to support projects!

  • Engaged Department Designation – up to $5,000

    Department Designation takes course designation to the next level by helping the department as a whole increase their civic engagement efforts. Funding is available for resources, professional development, department retreats to facilitate action plans and more.

The Engaged Learning Office is here to support your community-based work. We will work with you to designate your class as a service-learning course, help you form community partnerships through the Thayne Center for Service & Learning, brainstorm critical reflection assignments, anything that will engage your students and colleagues in exciting and experiential ways. We also offer a number of professional development opportunities so that you can stay current in the service-learning field.

Engaged Department Work

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An engaged department was described by Battistoni et al. (2003) as one in which the emphasis shifts from individual faculty, courses, and curricular redesign to collective faculty culture – changing the culture from one of ‘my work’ to one of ‘our work’. Further, the engaged department is one that has shifted faculty culture toward a focus on the public work of department members. The unit not only shares a common commitment to community engagement and public scholarship, but members of the unit support each other in carrying out the best practices of these commitments. This means everything from a common set of values (a mission/vision statement, common language, presence of these values in publications and public messages, and meaningful presence in the rewards structure), to shared commitment to community partners (who may work with different actors in the unit across time), to a comprehensive and strategically-planned curriculum that integrates engagement throughout the major or academic program (Howe, DePasquale, Hamshaw, & Westdijk, 2010).

Service-Learning Professional Development Series

Service-Learning Professional Development Series (SLPDS) is a hybrid professional development course for PT/FT faculty. The course provides an overview of service-learning pedagogy. Discover why this experiential teaching method is considered a high-impact practice by the American Colleges & Universities.

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Engaged Faculty Institute

Gain a deeper understanding of how to integrate civic responsibility in the academic curriculum at the Engaged Faculty Institute event.

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Designated Service-Learning Classes

Service-Learning Student Project Fund Request for Proposals

The Service-Learning Student Project Fund (SLSPF) is for students enrolled in service-learning classes and select other programs, as managed by the Engaged Learning Program. These students may request funding to offset costs directly related to their service-learning projects.

Volunteer Opportunities