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 the 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 Matthew Little (matthewlittle@unr.edu, (775) 682-8267) 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