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Faculty Service Learning Guide


Sample Syllabi

Campus Compact has a large database of service-learning syllabi in all disciplines. Use the link below to find syllabi related to your field.

Corporation for National and Community Service- Resource Center

Through The Resource Center, you can search and access online training tools, event calendars, and effective practices, as well as a catalogue of printed publications and videos available on loan. In addition, the Resource Center serves as a learning exchange where individual programs can share their innovations and effective practices with others. The Resource Center's content is generated by a network of more than 20 training and technical assistance providers.

Campus Compact

Campus Compact is a coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents — representing some 6 million students — who are committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education. As the only national association dedicated to this mission, Campus Compact is a leader in building civic engagement into campus and academic life. This website contains resources, opportunities, and other items of interest for UCD faculty.

National Service Learning Clearinghouse

The Clearinghouse maintains a website with timely information and relevant resources to support service-learning programs, practitioners, and researchers. The Clearinghouse operates a national email discussion lists for K-12, tribes and territories, and higher education service-learning to encourage discussions and the exchange of ideas.

The National Service-Learning Exchange

The National Service-Learning Exchange offers free one-to-one assistance to anyone interested in service-learning. Just call or email the Exchange, and you will be matched with a staff person or peer mentor who has the right skills to meet your needs.

American Psychological Association

This website provides lists of Service-Learning Principles of Best Practices including: Principles of Good Practice in Combining Service and Learning, Principles of Good Practice in Community Service-Learning Pedagogy, Standards of Quality for School-Based and Community-Based Service Learning, and Considerations in Planning Service-Learning Experience.

National Service Learning Partnership

The Partnership is a national network of members dedicated to advancing service-learning as a core part of every young person's education. This website provides both tips and resources for UC Denver faculty.

Campus Community Partnerships for Health

A nonprofit organization that promotes health through partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions. They are a growing network of over 1,500 communities and campuses that are collaborating to promote health through service-learning, community-based participatory research, broad-based coalitions and other partnership strategies.

National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE)

A nonprofit membership association of educators, businesses, and community leaders. NSEE also serves as a national resource center for the development and improvement of experiential education programs nationwide.


PARE stands for Preparation, Action, Reflection, and Evaluation. This is a learning model that defines service learning and its applications on all levels of participation.


101 Ideas For Combining Service & Learning

Ideas for specific academic disciplines.

Big Dummy’s Guide to Service Learning

Provides information for faculty on ways to incorporate service-learning into courses, frequently asked questions and issues for various disciplines.

At a Glance: What We Know About the Effects of Service Learning (pdf)

Summary of the findings of service-learning research in higher education over the past few years. This also includes an annotated bibliography. It is designed to provide a quick overview of where we are in the field today and a map to the literature.

How Service Works

A summary of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s “Service Works:” A Retrospective Evaluation of Higher Education Service Programs

Principles of Good Practice (pdf)

Excerpts from: Praxis I: A Faculty Casebook on Community Service Learning by Jeffrey Howard

Hallmarks of Effective Service-Learning Programs (pdf)

This website lists the key elements that make for effective service-learning programs, provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Opportunities to Publish

Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning

The MJCSL is a peer-reviewed academic journal containing papers written by faculty and service-learning educators on research, theory, pedagogy, and issues pertinent to the service-learning community. The site also contains abstracts of MJCSL articles and information on subscribing and submitting manuscripts.

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