Service Learning has been identified as a high-impact educational practice (HIP) by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). We are here to support the integration of this pedagogy into your courses, by offering:
- Consultation with individual faculty members interested in developing, redesigning or strengthening service-learning courses.
- Community Partner Matching and Orientation: we can connect you with community organizations who have volunteer or research needs that align with your course learning goals. Here is a listing of all the community partners we work with. For partners who are just forming this type of relationship with USM, we offer an orientation to this form of teaching and learning.
- Reflection Resources to be sure your students have the opportunity to reflect and connect their community-based learning experiences not only to course learning goals, but to the larger context of these community partnerships and issues.
- Engaged Teaching Series: Join us at an upcoming presentation to learn about about how you can utilize service-learning methods in your teaching and support the gaining momentum for this at USM.
- the ability to track student service hours through our online reporting system
Interested in hearing from a Faculty member who has experience teaching service learning courses? Watch here as John Voyer, Professor of Business Administration at USM talks about what it's like to teach a service learning course and why other faculty should consider implementing this effective teaching method.
Click here to see what Alec Lapidus, Assistant Professor of Literacy Education at USM has to say about his experience with service learning.
- Spring 2014 Service-Learning Courses
- Guide to Running a Service Learning Course
- Current Research in the Field (coming soon)
- Example Service-Learning Syllabi by Discipline
- Engaged Scholarship Publishing Outlets
- Campus Compact
- National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
- Potential Service-Learning Partners
- Service Learning Faculty Testimonial - John Voyer
Collected information about USM's community engagement is published annually in our year-end reports. Help us include your work and your students' service-learning work by completing the brief CBL Report at the end of each semester.
For more information about service-learning or to get support for your course please contact Craig DeForest, Program Manager of Service-Learning, at 228-8284 or firstname.lastname@example.org.