Service-Learning is an excellent way to incorporate classroom objectives into student experiences. The literature on this subject is comprehensive and clear: service-learning invigorates educational subjects, improves student retention of material, and helps develop critical thinking (Eyler, Giles, Stenson, and Gray, 2001).
Academic service learning is, essentially, a form of experiential learning where students integrate community service with the structured learning taking place in the classroom to enrich their learning of the course material. In addition, Service-Learning helps students develop critical reflection, deepens their understanding of the complex causes of social problems, and enhances their skills in working collaboratively.
Service-Learning is more than just merely volunteering; it provides a level of critical thinking not obtained through regular volunteerism. Since the service is academically anchored, it enhances what students are learning in a class and gives them an opportunity to actively reflect on what they are learning because of the experience.
After reviewing numerous available definitions of service-learning in the large body of literature related to engaged learning, the Committee agreed that the following definition for the National Service-learning Clearinghouse (www.servicelearning.org) best suited the needs of APSU:
APSU's Service Learning Advisory Board supports and furthers Service Learning efforts through approving designated SL courses, providing professional training in this area, and tracking assessment efforts. Members of this board are:
Christina Hicks Goldston | firstname.lastname@example.org | 931.221.7279| Assistant Professor, Communications
Tracy Nichols | email@example.com | 931.221.6823 | Instructor, Communications
Marsha Lyle-Gonga | firstname.lastname@example.org | 931.221.7583 | Assistant Professor, Political Science
Elaine Berg |email@example.com| 931.221.6405 |Associate Professor, Library
Lesley Davidson |firstname.lastname@example.org | 931.221.7558| Instructor, Accounting/Finance/ Economics
Jill Eichhorn | email@example.com |931.221.6314| Associate Professor, Languages and Literature
Sue Evans | firstname.lastname@example.org |931.221.1437| Associate Professor, Professional Studies
Matthew Kenney |email@example.com |931.221.6398 |PELP Director| Associate Professor, Political Theory/ Int. Relations
Perry Scanlan | firstname.lastname@example.org |931.221.6495| Associate Professor, Allied Health
Rebecca McMahan | email@example.com | 931. 221. 7513 | Professor, Teaching and Learning
James (Gray) Kane| firstname.lastname@example.org |931.221.7638| Faculty Development Analyst, Enrollment Mgmt Academic Support
Alexandra Wills | email@example.com |931.221.7837| Assistant Director, Student Life & Leadership