Academic Service-Learning for Faculty

Academic Service-Learning (ASL) is a fundamentally academic endeavor in which service is an integrated component. It is a credit-bearing, experiential education approach that involves an established community partnership guided by the expertise of professors and community-based practitioners working together with students to address community needs. For faculty, ASL provides a unique set of benefits and a variety of opportunities for professional development.

Creating an ASL Course

The Kernodle Center for Civic Life has developed a process for faculty to follow when beginning an ASL course. View the instructions for the ASL process.

Click here to view a current list of Academic Service-Learning courses being offered.

Support for Faculty

The Kernodle Center actively supports faculty members who incorporate service-learning components into their course offerings. Turn to the Kernodle Center for:

  • Logistical and resource assistance from professional and student staff: Kernodle Center staff assistance enables faculty to focus on teaching rather than troubleshooting. The staff is aware of innovative practices in the field of service-learning and applies these practices in the context of the university and the surrounding community.
  • Opportunities for faculty to coordinate efforts across disciplines: Service-learning brings faculty into a community of educators who are concerned about making a difference. By working together on common projects, the service-learning faculty and their students deepen their overall understanding of their role in society and, as a result, have a more significant impact in the community.
  • Access to a wide range of resources to enhance service-learning endeavors: These resources include academic tools such as sample syllabi or evaluation instruments, as well as a faculty listserv, the faculty advisory committee, faculty scholars program, resource library, consultation and site referrals.

Community-Based Learning Applications for Faculty