Each year instructors at the University of Nevada, Reno include service-learning in over 55 courses to enrich the understanding of course content, broaden appreciation of the discipline, and enhance development of civic responsibility. Faculty engaged in community-based scholarship have increased opportunities not only to enrich teaching and integrate service, but also to design research to improve future learning and service outcomes. The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement offers a variety of resources to support faculty and staff in service-learning courses:
- Technical assistance with course development
- Faculty development workshops and other events
- Identification of community partners
- Assistance with service placement and management
- Individual consultation
Please contact Abbey Grimmer (firstname.lastname@example.org, 775-784-4846) to schedule an individual consultation regarding the development of a service-learning course or program.
Why get involved in service-learning?
- Improve student learning - research has shown that service-learning improves student academic outcomes and student motivation
- Make a difference - service-learning allows faculty and students to see how their work and ideas can have an impact and practical application on life beyond the classroom
- Connect to your passion - intellectual passions and service interests can connect through creative service-learning projects in ways traditional classes and research may not
- Improve community relations - creating positive, reciprocal relationships with community partners helps to blur the boundaries between campus and community
- Publish in new ways - service-learning and community engaged research creates new knowledge and offers the opportunity to stand out
- Diversify your CV - service-learning and community engagement makes a nice addition to your tenure and promotion materials