Service-Learning Resources for Faculty

What is Service Learning?

Service learning is an experiential teaching method that combines community service with academic instruction as it focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic engagement. Service learning involves students in intentionally designed projects in collaboration with community partners. Projects address specific partner needs while developing student academic skills, professionalism, and a sense of civic responsibility. (Source: adapted from Campus Compact National Center for Community Colleges; adopted by Champlain College Faculty Senate, Spring 2004; updated and approved by Curriculum Committee, Fall 2017.) UN SDG logo

Service learning at Champlain generally addresses one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

How to include Service Learning in your courses:

  1. Prepare: includes setting objectives for skills to be learned or issues to consider, and planning projects that promote learning and getting work done. Important to consider: what level course are you teaching? Scale your project appropriately.

    See a great overview in Appendix A of Howe, C. W., Coleman, K., Hamshaw, K., & Westdijk, K. (2014) Student Development and Service-Learning: A Three-Phased Model for Course Design. The International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. 2(1): 44-62.
  2. Perform meaningful service linked with course content.

  3. Together with your students, analyze the experience and draw lessons, through discussion and reflection. See reflection resources here.

  4. Let us know about what you've done by submitting this form.

Additional Champlain Resources

  • Faculty Fellows for Service Learning. This program offers faculty from a range of disciplines the opportunity to explore the high-impact practice of service learning for their own teaching. See more details here. 


2018-2019 participants
Rowshan Nemanzee, Core
John Stroup, EHS
Warren Sides, ITS
John Rasmussen, CCM
Pat Patel, SSB

2017-2018 participants
Megan Munson-Warnken - Core/EHS Van Dora Williams - CCM
Faith Yacubian - EHS/Core Kyle King - SSB
Barbara Colombo - Core Aziz Fantassi - Core
Duane Dunston - ITS Joanne Farrell - Core
Corinne Novetti - ITS

2021 Winner: Faith Yacubian, EHS Division

2020 Winner: John Stroup, EHS Division

2019 Winner: Kirstin Novotny, Core Division

2018 Winner: Duane Dunston, ITS Division

External Professional Development Opportunities & Resources