Service-Learning & Volunteering

Literature for Faculty

What is Service Learning?

"Service learning is a teaching method which combines community service with academic instruction as it focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility. Service-learning programs involve students in organized community service that addresses local needs, while developing their academic skills, sense of civic responsibility, and commitment to the community" (Campus Compact National Center for Community Colleges).

Faculty members talk about their experiences teaching service-learning courses:


Michaud, T.S., Sanford, R.M., (2018) Injecting New Workforce Leaders in Tourism, Hospitality and Environmental Science: A Community-Engaged Learning and Immersion Class. Maine Policy Review. Vol. 27(1), 79 -85.

Gerstenblatt, P., Rhodes, D., & Holst, L., (2017) Spaces in between: Text poems from community practice and research. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal.

Bischof, L., (2015) Who Supports the Humanities in Maine? The Benefits (and Challenges) of Volunteerism. Maine Policy Review. Vol. 24(1), 111-116.

Gerstenblatt, P., (2015) Blogs as a Representation of Student Experiences in a Service Learning Course. Metropolitan UniversitiesVol. 25.3

Gerstenblatt, P., Gilbert, D.J. (2014) Framing service learning in social work: An interdisciplinary elective community development course embedded within a university-community partnership. Social Work Education: The International Journal

Gerstenblatt, P. (2014). Community as Agency: Community Partner Experiences with Service LearningJournal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 7(2).

Johnson, P. (2012). Groupwork, 22(2). [Note: there are multiple articles by multiple USM faculty in this journal issue]

Keuch, R., Sanford, R. (2014). Science Bowl Academic Competitions and Perceived Benefits of Engaging Students Outside the Classroom. Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal, 6(2), 30-36.

Vazquez Jacobus, M., Ahmed, H., and Jalali, R. (2013). “My daughter does not know how to 
make the chappati”: Understanding food access among African immigrants in Lewiston, ME. 
Metropolitan Universities Journal, 23(3), 79-94.

Lane G., Wagner T. (2013). Examining Recycling Container Attributes and Household Recycling PracticesResources, Conservation and Recycling. 75, 32-40.


Frisk, Samantha. (2018, March). International Relations as if Local Community Matters. Presentation at 2018 National Campus Compact Conference. Indianapolis, IN.

Chang, S., Porter, L. (2017, October). Creating Inclusive Volunteer Opportunities. Presentation at 2017 Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism. Orono, Me. 

Michaud, T. and Sanford, R. (2017) First Year Immersion Classes and Student Retention. CUMU Conference, Denver, Colorado.

 Michaud-Stutzman, T. (2017) The Case for Community Engagement in USM Tourism and Hospitality. Best Research Poster Award at NENA ICHRIE, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Michaud-Stutzman, T. (2017) Community Service Learning in TAH – Roundtable Presenter and Discussion Leader at NENA ICHRIE, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Michaud-Stutzman, T. (2016) USM TAH Perceptions of Engaged Teaching: Students and Community Partners. Poster presented at CUMU, Washington D.C.

DeForest, Craig. (2014, March). Community Engagement in the Online Classroom. Presentation at the Indiana Campus Compact 4th Annual Service Engagement Summit. Indiannapolis, IN.

Gerstenblatt, Paula. (2014, February). Foundations of Service-Learning Pedagogy. Presentation as part of University of Southern Maine's Office of Engaged Learning Engaged Teaching Series. Portland, ME.

Gerstenblatt, Paula. (2014, April). Community Engaged Scholarship. Presentation as part of University of Southern Maine's Office of Engaged Learning Engaged Teaching Series. Portland, ME.

Stutzman, Tracy. (2014, March). Developing Reciprocal & Sustainable Community Partnerships. Presentation as part of University of Southern Maine's Office of Engaged Learning Engaged Teaching Series. Portland, ME.

Vazquez Jacobus, M. (2013, September). The Identity of the Community Engaged 
Scholar and Institutional Challenges to Community Engagement Work. Presentation at New England Resource Center for Higher Education Annual Lynton Colloquium. Boston, MA.

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