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Information for Faculty

What is Service Learning?

Service Learning is a teaching method that faculty use to help students deepen their understanding of course material. Stu­dents participate in on- or off-campus activities and experiences at a business, non-profit, or governmental setting (also known as Community Partners). They participate in these activities in order to respond to social problems.

  • Looking to find opportunities to make a difference in the Sacramento region?
  • Do you care about bridging the gap between theory and practice?
  • Are you interested in helping students understand and address social and community issues?
  • Would you like to create an overlap between your scholarly work and community needs?


If you can answer yes to any of the above, then Service Learning may be for you!


Why do Faculty Members Participate?

In Service Learning, students are asked to articulate how their service experi­ence affirms, expands, integrates, or calls into question the academic content of their course. Students consider these issues through the process of structured reflections. This form of experiential learning is mutually beneficial to both the student and the Community Partner.


Your students will benefit from Service Learning in many ways, including:

  • Opportunities to deepen their understanding of course material and apply it beyond the classroom
  • Experiences to strengthen resumés and/or graduate school applications
  • Career exploration opportunities
  • Professional networking resources
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Strengthened communication skills (both written and oral)
  • Opportunities to develop empathy (understanding the expe­riences and situations of others)
  • Tools to build and strengthen leadership skills
  • Heightened awareness of the complexities of social problems and social issues


Community Engagement Center staff may assist interested faculty with:

  • Finding a Community Partner
  • Developing a service learning course, syllabus, and outcome assessment tools
  • Placing students at community partner sites
  • Integration of community-based learning to your retention, tenure, and promotion file
  • Handling issues of risk management for your students, and much more

Faculty Learning Communities

The Community Engagement Center is always happy to assist with the development of Service Learning courses.  Our Faculty Learning Communities offer a workshop series focusing on professional development and service learning.  If you would like more information, please click here

This video will guide you through registering your course for Service Learning and instructions for placing your students in CECconnect.



Forms for Faculty 

Service Learning Toolkit 

Poverty SImulation 

Request a Service Learning Agreement 




To learn more about participating in Service Learning, please contact us at cec@csus.edu