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Civic Engagement & Leadership

Service-Learning

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 Summer 2014

Faculty are eligible to apply for grant money to support service-learning course experiences. Funds allow a professor to “take the course to the next level” in regard to service-learning and permit the class 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 will be available for the 2014-2015 cohort in May 2014.

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, Room 223

Phone: 410-704-4804
Fax: 410-704-3441
E-mail: civicengagement@towson.edu


 

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


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

Check out the assessment results of the 2010-2011 Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program (PDF)

• See the 2010-2011 Service-Learning Grant Recipient Assessment Results (PDF) to learn how a service-learning grant can enhance a course.

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