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Faculty resources for academic service learning can be found on this page.

Excellent resource for anyone interested in teaching a Philanthropy course:

Sample Syllabi for service learning courses:






Access our faculty handbook on service learning by clicking on the link below:



Designation Process for Service Learning Courses


In order for a course to be approved as a service-learning course, and designated as such by the University Registrar, faculty will need to review the course criteria (Attachment A) and submit the following to the Service-Learning Advisory Committee:

  1. A statement of intent (see Attachment B), and
  2. A projected syllabus for the course.

Once a course is approved, it will not need to be re-evaluated, unless there are substantial changes to the service-learning aspect of the course.

Process Description:

  1.  Criteria:  Faculty should first review the criteria for service-learning course designation (Attachment A) and make sure that their idea will satisfy those criteria.  If not, faculty might consider developing a service-learning project.  The Service-Learning Advisory Committee and the Service-Learning Office are happy to help you coordinate and develop service-learning projects, but this approval process specifically addresses those courses that will be designated as service-learning courses by the Registrar. To view criteria, click designation_criteria.pdf
  1. Chair Consultation:  Before submitting a statement of intent, faculty should consult with their chair or director.  Chairs will be identifying courses for the Registrar that are to be designated service-learning, and so their early involvement in the approval process is crucial.
  1. Service-Learning Consultation:  In order to build and maintain relationships with community partners, the Student Life and Leadership Office coordinates all community engagement activities.  Please contact Alexandra Wills to discuss a community partnership:  Alexandra Wills,  Assistant Director Student Life and Leadership, MUC 211, PO Box 4695 ,  x7837
  1. Statement of Intent:  Submit the Statement_of_Intent.docx , with the chair’s signature, to the Service-Learning Advisory Committee. 

The statement of intent enables the Service-Learning Advisory Committee to identify interests and needs and to offer their services in the development of the course.

 Send the statement of intent in hard copy or electronically to: Alexandra Wills, Temp Chair, Service-Learning Advisory Committee

Student Life & Engagement,  MUC 211, PO Box 4695, X 7837,


Provide a courtesy copy of the signed statement to the dean of the college.


  1. Sample Syllabus:  After reviewing the Statement of Intent, the Service-Learning Advisory Committee will request a complete, albeit amendable, syllabus for final review. 


In order for a course to be designated service-learning on the schedule, faculty will need to plan a service-learning course one year in advance.   Courses can be developed in less time than that, but the planning needs of the Registrar dictate looking 12 months into the future.  If departments wish to conduct service-learning courses earlier, enrollment for those courses will need to be managed at the department level, and students enrolling will need to be notified that the course will involve some 13-15 hours of coordinated out-of-class work.  Department chairs and colleges can enroll students in such a course by permit only.


Fall Semester

1 October                    Statement of Intent to Service-Learning Advisory Committee

1 November                Service-Learning Advisory Committee Approval

1 December                 Projected Syllabus Submitted to Service-Learning Advisory Committee

15 December               Approved courses submitted to department chairs

January                        Course scheduling for subsequent Summer/Fall courses


Spring Semester

1 February                   Statement of Intent to Service-Learning Advisory Committee

1 March                       Service-Learning Advisory Committee Approval

1 April                         Projected Syllabus Submitted to Service-Learning Advisory Committee

1 May                          Approved courses submitted to department chairs

July      Course scheduling for subsequent Spring courses