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Civic Engagement & Leadership


Information for Faculty

Service-learning is a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development. Reflection and reciprocity are key concepts of service-learning. Service-learning is effective in both instilling civic responsibility in students and helping them comprehend and synthesize course material. (Jacoby, Service-Learning in Higher Education, 1996)

The Towson University Faculty Handbook, Service-Learning at Towson University: A Resource for Faculty (PDF), is available to help faculty become familiar with service-learning and to provide numerous tools to enhance service-learning courses.

Service-Learning Grant Opportunity for 2015-2016

Faculty are eligible to apply for grant money to support service-learning course experiences. Funds allow professors to “take the course to the next level” regarding service-learning, and they permit classes to engage in relevant community service opportunities.


Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program

The Service-Learning Faculty Fellows program provides support for TU faculty interested in incorporating a significant service-learning component into a course. Applications for the 2015-2016 cohort are now closed. Applications for the 2016-2017 cohort will be availble during the spring 2016 term.

Service-Learning Assessment Tools

Assessment can help determine the effectiveness of a service-learning course and its impact on students, faculty and community partners. The Office of Civic Engagement & Leadership offers several assessment tools to help faculty collect usable data from service-learning courses, easily receive feedback from community partners and students, and provide feedback on faculty service-learning experiences.

Civic Engagement & Leadership
Administration Building, 2nd Floor

Phone: 410-704-2806
Fax: 410-704-3441


The Office of Civic Engagement & Leadership provides grants for faculty teaching service-learning courses. Find out how to apply.

related links

• Interested in developing a Faculty-Led International Study Abroad Course.

•2014-2015 Service-Learning Impact Report

• Check out the assessment results of the 2014-2015 Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program (PDF)

2013-2014 Service-Learning Impact Report

Check out the assessment results of the 2013-2014 Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program (PDF)





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