Getting started with service-learning
There are two primary forms of service-learning:
One-Credit | 40 Hours | Reflection Assigment
In the component course, students have the option of enrolling in a separate, but attached, one-credit course. The student who chooses the service-learning component course is required to complete 40 hours with or for a community partner. The student must also complete a reflection requirement assigned by the instructor. The reflection piece may be a semester-long journal, final paper, or oral presentation to the class. You decide the most effective method for evaluating student learning using a reflection requirement.
Embedded Coursework | 15 Hours | Service Meets Course Objectives
In an integrated course, the service-learning element should be embedded into the coursework and fits the couse's learning objectives. Technically, every student in the classroom has a minimum service-learning time requirement of 15 hours with or for a community partner, but student or instructors are not required to track hours like they do with a component course. The instructor chooses if the class will work together as a team, in groups, or as individuals.
Tenure and Promotion Information
Scholarship, Faculty Review, Promotion, & Tenure Process
Opportunities for scholarship are essential for the success of faculty in the review, promotion, and tenure process. Below are resources that may assist in leveraging SL research for the RPT process.
- Faculty Development Advanced Toolkit (http://www.compact.org/advancedtoolkit/faculty.html) -- This resource on the Campus Compact website focuses on creating faculty reward and evaluation systems that take faculty community based work into account. The website contains examples of task force reports, policies and forms from campuses that have sought to embrace Boyer's expanded definition of scholarship.
- East/West Clearinghouses for the Scholarship of Engagement (http://www.scholarshipofengagement.org/) - The East/West Clearinghouses for the Scholarship of Engagement sponsor the National Review Board for the Scholarship of Engagement, which provides external peer review and evaluation of faculty's scholarship of engagement. The Clearinghouses also provide consultation, training, and technical assistance to campuses that are seeking to develop or strengthen systems in support of the scholarship of engagement.
- Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Mentor Network (http://depts.washington.edu/ccph/pdf_files/summer-mentorntwk.pdf) - CCPH's Mentor Network provides consultation, training and technical assistance to campuses that are seeking to develop or strengthen their support of community-based scholarship (e.g., service-learning, community-based participatory research).
Articles & Publications
- Chang, Yu-bi, Evaluation of Outreach for Promotion and Tenure Considerations: Views from University Faculty, Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 2000, 48:3, 5-13. - Yu-bi Chang examined the evaluation of university outreach from the perspectives of faculty members, particularly those who had engaged in outreach activities. It utilized a survey to determine criteria for judging the quality of outreach; types of performance indicators for evaluating teaching, research, and service elements of outreach; and who should evaluate outreach. The article concludes that, in the opinion of faculty, an adequate evaluation mechanism should include both criteria specific to outreach and more traditional standards for scholarship and rigor.
- Sandman, Lorilee R., Pennie G. Foster-Fishman, James Lloyd, Warren Rauhe, and Cheryl Rosaen. Managing Critical Tensions: How to Strengthen the Scholarship Component of Outreach. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, January/February 2000, 32:1, 44-52. - This article examines ways that faculty can balance the community demands for scholarship of engagement and their institution's expectations regarding teaching and research with their own scholarly interests. It also explores the different perspectives among community, institution, and scholar, which create tensions in the implementation and design of outreach scholarship programs.
Publications that feature community-based research, research on civic engagement, and engaged teaching and learning:
Academic Exchange Quarterly
Academic Exchange Quarterly was founded in 1997 and is an independent peer-reviewed print journal. It is a publication outlet for a multitude of faculty and disciplines in the United States and internationally. Several volumes have been devoted to the topic of service-learning.
Active Learning in Higher Education
Published three times per year by the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, this international journal focuses on all aspects of developments, innovations and good practice in higher education teaching and learning worldwide. The journal includes accounts of research by those active in the field of learning and teaching in higher education, and overviews of topics, accounts of action research, outputs from subject-specific project teams, case studies and theoretical perspectives.
Advances in Service-Learning Research: Volumes 1-7
Founded in 1999 by George F. Johnson, IAP is a social science publisher of academic and scholarly book series and journals. IAP's goal is to develop a comprehensive list of book series, monographs and journals that break down and define specific niches that lack high-level research material in the fields of Education and Management.
American Education Research Journal
American Educational Research Journal has as its purpose to publish original empirical and theoretical studies and analyses in education. The editors seek to publish articles from a wide variety of academic disciplines and substantive fields. They are looking for contributions that are significant to the understanding and/or improvement of educational processes and outcomes.
American Journal of Education
Founded as School Review in 1893, the American Journal of Education acquired its present name in November 1979. The Journal seeks to bridge and integrate the intellectual, methodological, and substantive diversity of educational scholarship, and to encourage a vigorous dialogue between educational scholars and practitioners. To achieve that goal, papers are published that present research, theoretical statements, philosophical arguments, critical syntheses of a field of educational inquiry, and integrations of educational scholarship, policy, and practice.
Education for Health: Change in Learning and Practice
This journal invites reports on qualitative and quantitative research that can enhance educational practice, especially if it will help enhance clinical practice. It also invites thoughtful analyses, innovative ideas, and conceptual statements that may not necessarily be the product of research but which have implications for the decision-making of teachers and educational leaders.
Journal of Public Service and Outreach
The Journal of Public Service & Outreach is a peer-reviewed journal which publishes research articles, essays, commentary, reviews, and information on public service in its broadest interpretation -- reflecting its scope, interdisciplinary nature, and vital role as the third mission of the academy.
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning
This is a peer-reviewed journal consisting of articles written by faculty and SL educators on research, theory, pedagogy, and issues pertinent to the SL community. The journal aims to: widen the community of SL educators; sustain and develop the intellectual vigor of those in this community; encourage research and pedagogical scholarship related to SL; contribute to the academic legitimacy of SL; and increase the number of students and faculty who have a chance to experience the rich teaching and learning benefits that accrue to SL participants. Contributing authors are associated with a wide range of academic disciplines and professions.
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
The nonprofit sector is a rapidly growing area of research, social policy and social action. This dynamic field is at the center of such contemporary public policy debates as the future of federal social policy, the changing role of religion in public life, national service, and the privatization of public services. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ) provides cutting-edge research, discussion, and analysis of the field and leads its readers to understanding the impact the nonprofit sector has on society.