Welcome to Duke's service-learning community!

As a pedagogy, service-learning has documented benefits to students, faculty, and communities. (See “At a Glance: What We Know about the Effects of Service-Learning on College Students, Faculty, Institutions and Communities, 1993-2000” for a summary of the research.)

A primary goal of Duke Service-Learning is to provide support and assistance to departments, programs, and individual faculty members seeking to integrate service-learning into their academic objectives.

We offer the following resources:

  • Individual consultations: Our faculty consultants are available to discuss course & syllabus design, community partnerships, critical reflection,assessment, and other issues. to arrange a meeting.

  • Service-Learning Faculty Fellows program: The Fellows program is a learning community in which new and experienced service-learning practitioners deepen their knowledge, practice, partnerships, and sense of community through a series of interactive workshops, speakers, and experiences that present current research and best practices for community-engaged pedagogy.

  • Professional development and networking opportunities: We offer workshops, roundtable discussions, and other opportunities for you to connect with colleagues, share successes and challenges, and take away new ideas and resources for connecting civic engagement to the curriculum. Subscribe to our e-newsletter to receive our news & announcements.

  • Assistance with community partnerships: Our staff would be happy to help you identify potential community partners for your course. We also have a number of tools and checklists (some available here) to help you develop a strong, lasting partnership.

  • Financial support: We have a limited amount of funding available to support service-learning courses, research, and professional development. Course enhancement funds are available in conjunction with new requests for the SL label, while applications for supplemental funds (at right) are accepted on an ongoing basis.

  • Service-learning assistants (SLAs): SLAs assist service-learning faculty with community partner placements, student reflection, and other tasks. Faculty are invited to apply for SLAs each semester. Application is here.

  • Ready-to-use instructional materials: Looking for an activity to generate discussion about the nature of service? Journal prompts to facilitate reflection? A rubric for assessing civic learning? We have a wealth of material available (some here).

  • Classroom presentations: Our faculty consultants would be glad to tailor a presentation to the needs of your students, e.g., a general orientation to service-learning or a session on working in the community.

  • Assessment tools & data: In addition to offering suggestions and resources for assessing student learning and community partnerships, we invite service-learning instructors to collaborate with us in assessing the outcomes of service-learning for the Duke community. Contact , Faculty Consultant, for more information.

  • Trained reflection facilitators: We sponsor the student group LEAPS (Learning through Experience, Action, Partnership, and Service), a network of peer facilitators who can train your best students to lead high quality reflection sessions in your course.

  • Publicity: We advertise service-learning courses on our website, in the Chronicle, at student events, and in fliers distributed around campus.

  • E-newsletter: Our e-newsletter alerts faculty and staff to new initiatives, opportunities, and resources on campus and beyond. Subscribe at right!

Find out more:

  •  to arrange a meeting. We'd love to hear your ideas.

  • Subscribe to our e-newsletter and receive our news & announcements.

  • Attend an upcoming event to learn more about a topic of interest.

  • Request the service-learning label for your course.

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An Invitation to Service-Learning

This seven-minute video highlights best practices of North Carolina faculty who have made significant contributions in the field of service-learning and community engagement, including our own Betsy Alden.