Faculty & Staff

The Center for Service and Learning provides several grant opportunities to faculty and staff to support service learning and civic engagement. Below are the three main categories in which CSL has funding priorities. Learn more about the grants offered under each category and get specific grant and application information.

Instructors interested in using service learning as a dimension of their teaching toolkit can use this experiential pedagogy most effectively when they intentionally draw on the Principles of Good Practice in Service Learning course design.

There are nine principles. These include:

  1. Academic credit is for learning, not for service.
  2. Do not compromise academic rigor.
  3. Establish learning objectives.
  4. Establish criteria for the selection of service placements.
  5. Provide educationally sound learning strategies to harvest community learning and realize course learning objectives.
  6. Prepare students for learning from the community.
  7. Minimize the distinction between the students’ community learning role and classroom learning role.
  8. Rethink the faculty instructional role.
  9. Be prepared for variation in, and some loss of control with, student learning outcomes.

Learn more about elements of service learning course design: