Service Learning Information for Faculty

  • What is service learning?

    “Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.” (

  • Is transportation available for students who do not have a ride or car to get to their service site?

    Yes, Learn and Serve will provide transportation to students who do not have a car on campus. They should be directed to the transportation page for details and to sign up.

  • I would like to incorporate service learning into my course. How do I get started?

    The Learn and Serve office will assist you. Your service project can be as little as three hours and as much as 25 hours. 

    Learn and Serve will assist projects that require 10 or more hours, but we have many community partners and would be glad to consult with you if you are assigning a smaller project.

    To get started, consider a few questions:

    • What do I want students to learn? (Check out the links on the sidebar)
    • How can I make this part of my syllabus?(Check out the links on the sidebar)
    • Would the service project be optional or mandatory?
    • Would it take the form of a project or should students count the hours?
    • Who can I talk this over with?  (Dr. Kalen Churcher, Dr. Doug Tewksbury, Dr. Rachel Madsen, Fran Boltz, or Jackie Freeman.)
  • How can service learning help my students?

    Students will be able to fulfill their service hour requirement for graduation.

    Students will have an opportunity to network professionally with individuals at the site.

    They will be able to look at what they are learning in the classroom differently. They should be able to make connections between each learning environment.

    The service participants will be representing Niagara positively in the community.

  • What is the difference between service learning and community service?

    Participating in community service is volunteering to improve the community by meeting the needs, supporting and assisting others. Where those participating in service learning will likely investigate community needs while planning a service project. In addition, those participants will also reflect on their experience in relation to what is being studied in class.

    "Overall, the most important feature of effective service learning programs is that students engage equally with learning and service and reflect on their intersections." -


Service Learning Courses

Courses that do have or have had service-learning components are: BIO 385, CMS 120, EDU 214, EDU 236, EDU 239, EDU 271, EDU 376, EDU 377, HIS 374, HRT 499, PHI 206, PHI 323, PSY 491, REL 101, REL 103, REL 217, REL 256, REL 343, REL 347, SWK 100, SWK 210, SWK 310, SWK 320

Some faculty that teach or have taught classes with a service-learning component are: Barnwell, Blair, Carter,  Churcher, Gallagher, Hubbert, Leonard, Levin, Madsen, Merkle, Osberg, Saltarelli

Helpful Links

SLICE: Service Learning Ideas and Curricular Examples

Campus Compact: Syllabi examples for courses that incorporate service learning (by discipline). Models of service learning.