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Resources for Faculty

Thinking about Service Learning

Service learning comes in many forms, from a single experience in a course, as with a Chemistry lab presentation for middle school children, to a semester-long effort, as in an internship with Amnesty International.

Faculty considering service learning projects thus have many options.  Initial questions to consider include not only the practical matters (such as the number of sessions, time commitment, and logistical needs) but also the theoretical and pedagogical issues (such as how the experience will be integrated into the course, what preparation students will need, what reasonable goals can be achieved, and how fruitful reflection about the experience can be generated.)

How To Get Started

Think about your course’s learning objectives: 

  • How might a community-based program enhance student comprehension and skill acquisition? 
    • Can students put a theory you are teaching into practice?
    • Could students analyze a service experience through particular or competing theoretical lenses? 
    • Would students better understand the complexity of an issue by serving a particular population? 
    • Would skills the students learn be mastered by teaching others in the community?
    • Would concepts you are covering in class be better understood through hands-on experience? 
  • How will you structure the service learning experience? 
    • The project can be on-going throughout the semester or a one-time event during a particular part of the semester. 
    • You will need to think through the time commitment for the students and balance this with the other course requirements. 
  • Logistical Arrangements

    The Center for Chicago Programs has ready to organize transportation and other logistical matters for class-based service learning projects.

    Contact Jennie Larsen, CAC: larsen@lakeforest.edu

Support Available for Faculty

Development and Design

In addition to this web page, the Ethics Center has provided the library with materials related to service learning and community engagement.  Faculty with questions about possibilities or design of service learning projects can begin there.  

Contact Daw-Nay Evans, Director of EC: daevans@.lakeforest.edu              

Connections to Off-Campus Organizations

Over the years, the College has developed connections with numerous groups and organizations in Lake County and the broader Chicago area.  These connections may afford helpful starting points in a search for a meaningful service learning experience.  Information is available through the Center for Career Advancement and the Center for Chicago Programs.

Contact Lisa Hinkley, Director of CAC: hinkley@lakeforest.edu

and Davis Schneiderman, Director of CCP: dschneid@lakeforest.edu 

Useful Materials:

Available in the Ready Reference section of the library:

Community Service And Higher Learning, Robert A. Rhoads

Creating Our Identities In Service-Learning And Community Engagement, Barbara E. Moely, Shelley H. Billig, and Barbara A. Holland

Service Learning In Higher Education: Critical Issues And Directions, Edited by Dan W. Butin 

Service-Learning and the Liberal Arts, Craig A. Rimmerman

Service-Learning in Higher Education: Paradigms and Challenges, Mary Moore & Phylis Lan Lin (eds.)

Service-Learning in Theory and Practice, Dan W. Butin

Service-Learning and Social Justice, Susan Binigni Cipolle

Successful Service Learning Programs, Edward Zlotkowski (ed.)

Service-Learning Code of Ethics, Andrea Chapdelaine, Ana Ruiz, Judith Warchal,  Carole Wells

Improving Service-Learning Practice, Susan Root, Jane Callahan, & Shelley H. Billig

Building Partnerships for Service-Learning, Barbara Jacoby

Where’s the Learning in Service-Learning?, Janet Eyler & Dwight E. Giles, Jr.

Integrating Service-Learning into the University Classroom, J. Alison Bryant, Nicole Schonemann, and Doug Karpa 

The Future of Service-Learning, Edited by Jean R. Strait and Marybeth Lima 

Partnerships For Service-Learning, Todd Keshaw, Freyda Lazarus, Judy Minier

The Measure of Service Learning: Research Scales to Assess Student Experiences, Robert G. Bringle, Mindy A. Phillips, Michael Hudson

Web Links

National Service Learning Clearinghouse (Click Here)

Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement (Click Here)

See also: Information from ACM schools 

Examples from Other Schools

—with a special emphasis on ACM schools

Thanks to Meghann Beer for her work on these materials.