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 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. 

Funding Opportunities

Through BTU: Partnerships at Work for Greater Baltimore, Towson University captures and supports the work taking place between TU and the community. Beginning in fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019), TU faculty, staff, and students can apply for funding resources aimed to align, scale, sustain, and institutionalize community engagement partnerships and collaborations.

Additionally, BTU is providing transportation funding and parking codes for the purpose of bringing partners onto TU’s campus, and/or bringing TU faculty, staff, and students off-campus to engage in partnership work.

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 & Social Responsibility 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.  Service-Learning Assessment