Information for Service-Learning Faculty and Staff
Service-Learning is a teaching method that combines service to the community with academic instruction, and it focuses on critical thinking and reflection. Service-Learning enables the student to put theory into action. Students are given the opportunity to learn course content on a deeper level since they are utilizing course content in the community Service-Learning is continuing to grow at Central Piedmont and nationally as a widely accepted form of experiential learning. ervice-Learning meets two of the 4 core competencies: Critical Thinking and Personal Growth and Development. Studies show that students who participate in Service-Learning have a higher GPA (23%), are retained from semester to semester (15%), and earn more credentials than non-service-learning students (17%).The Service-Learning staff is always available to assist you in any way, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us!
How Utilizing Service Learning in Your Courses Can Help You as a Faculty Member
- Faculty can incorporate service-learning into their PDP including community engagement
- Faculty are given the opportunity to network with non-profit agencies in the community through Volunteer Fairs, Community Partner Breakfasts, and other Service-Learning sponsored events and activities
- Faculty are offered opportunities to attend professional development opportunities through Service-Learning including the annual Pace conference at Elon University.
- Faculty partnerships through service-learning are highlighted in Service-Learning newsletters and annual reports that are shared throughout all of Central Piedmont and the local Charlotte Community
How long it takes for you to incorporate service-learning into your courses depends on how you choose to incorporate service-learning, if you make it mandatory or optional, and what type of reflection you require for your students to earn their grade. Please consult with your Service-Learning Coordinator at your campus to learn more. Complete Service-Learning 101 in order to learn more about Service-Learning as an experiential learning tool, how the Service-Learning Center can support the development of your service-learning curriculum, and how service-learning contributes to student retention and completion. This is offered in an online format for one hour of PD credit. Sign up for Service-Learning 101 now!
The Service-Learning Center offers the following services to faculty interested in incorporating service-learning into their curriculum:
- Schedule and structure student orientation sessions where students will receive materials and on-line resources that include the following: an overview of the process, placement site information, forms to be completed and student expectations.
- Recommend organizations based upon course learning objectives. Staff will consult with faculty on site selection, student orientation, reflection activities, the development of individual service opportunities and assessment/evaluation of the program.
- Ensure students complete the necessary paperwork to be enrolled in the Service-Learning program, help the student find the proper placement (within the course objectives) and contact the organization.
- Manage and maintain a database of participating students and provide periodic reports including hours completed and current placement sites.
- Develop and support co-curricular and extra-curricular service activities.
- Maintain a collection of articles, books, resources, syllabi and pamphlets pertaining to service-learning and related topics. Items may be borrowed via campus mail or pick-up. Contact the Service-Learning Center at email@example.com for availability.
Service Learning Faculty Awards
Do you know a Central Piedmont employee who best exemplifies excellence as an educator and who has rendered outstanding service to the community? If so, please nominate that person (Word Document) to receive the Larry M Harding Award. Nominations are accepted until the end of June.
Please submit all nomination forms to Dena Shonts at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions please call x6558.