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Please note: The Service-Learning program is changing names and is now referred to as the Community-Engaged Learning program. Community-engaged learning is replacing the term service-learning because it speaks more to the reciprocal, collaborative nature of the pedagogy.


The community-engaged learning program is offered through the Engaged Learning Office within Academic Affairs at SLCC. The program is 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 teaching and learning process. The program also supports the assessment efforts of our General Education Civic Literacy student learning outcome.

Community-engaged learning (i.e., service-learning) is a course or competency-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students (a) participate in mutually identified service activities that benefit the community, and (b) reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility. (Bringle & Clayton, 2012, p. 105; adapted from Bringle & Hatcher, 1996).

Community-Engaged Learning Designation Program

The Community-Engaged Learning Designation Program program seeks proposals to develop new and modified community-engaged 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! Existing course reviews also occur. The Community-Engaged Learning Designation Program has several categories:

  • Individual Course Designation – up to $1,000

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

  • Existing Designated Course Review

    Courses that are designated undergo a formal review periodically. Faculty submit their syllabus and supplemental material for review. Funding is provided based on availability.

  • 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 community-engaged 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 community-engaged learning course, help you form community partnerships through the Thayne Center, brainstorm critical reflection prompts, 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 community-engaged learning field.


Fall Deadlines

  • First Tuesday of September, October, and November – Proposal Deadlines
  • Awards announced on a rolling basis
  • Designated courses taught the following spring semester

Spring Deadlines

  • First Tuesday of February, March and April – Proposal Deadlines
  • Awards announced on a rolling basis
  • Designated courses taught the following fall semester

Summer Deadlines

  • Third Tuesday in June – Proposal Deadline
  • Awards announced on a rolling basis
  • Designated courses taught the following fall semester

There are more resources for your engaged work, such as the faculty rank, tenure, and promotion community-engagement guide and the guide for community engagement best practices.

Engaged Learning Celebration

The celebration will highlight student tuition waiver recipients. Join us as we hear about the accomplishments of community-engaged learning students and ePortfolio as well as from amazing keynote speakers. Enjoy food, coffee, fun, and an exciting program that explores stories about service, reflection, and the power of education. We hope to see you there! Contact us for current information. Student can apply for tuition waivers on-line.

Faculty Trainings

Community-Engaged Learning Faculty Development Course

Community-Engaged Learning is a high-impact practice that enhances student engagement and retention while also addressing relevant social issues. Completion of the entire online course (15 hours) will result in the creation of content for a Community-Engaged Learning Grant & Designation new course proposal. Register via employee training.

Civic Literacy Student Learning Outcomes Workshop

Involve your students in critical social issues relevant to your discipline! This content is for faculty currently using community-engaged learning pedagogy or those generally incorporating community engagement as an experiential teaching strategy. Learn about the Civic Literacy Student Learning Outcome (CLSLO) resources at SLCC, which include a rubric and reflection prompts. Become familiar with SLCC’s efforts to assess this learning outcome. Several opportunities exist. Register via employee training for in-person sessions or online content. Facilitator: Lucy Smith.


Participate in a self-directed online course in Canvas and analyze the connections between the CLSLO and your class using the assessment rubric to improve the alignment.


Join a virtual, interactive workshop and dive into the CLSLO resources created while also devising strategies for curricular integration.

Engaged Department and Community-Engaged Learning Workshops

Engage with the community! The Community-Engaged Learning Designation Program funds individual community-engaged learning course designations, Engaged Departments, and civic faculty fellows. There are rolling deadlines fall and spring semesters for amounts from $500-$5,000.

Designated Community-Engaged Learning Classes

Community-Engaged Learning Student Fund (CELSF) Request for Proposals

The Community-Engaged Learning Student Fund (CELSF) is for students enrolled in community-engaged 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 community-engaged learning projects.

For more specifics about CELSF, please review the CELSF policy.

Volunteer Opportunities