Service-Learning Faculty Community

A primary goal of Duke Service-Learning is to provide support to faculty members seeking to integrate service-learning and community engagement into their academic objectives.

We can help you:

  • Create a new service-learning course: We offer customized resources, suggest potential community partners, help you develop assignments and assessment protocols, and provide feedback on your syllabus as requested.
  • Deepen your community engaged practice through Individual consultations and classroom presentations: Our faculty consultants are available to discuss course & syllabus design, community partnerships identification and relationship development, critical reflection, assessment, and make presentations to your class about service-learning. Contact us to arrange a meeting.
  • Apply to be a Service-Learning Faculty Fellow: The Fellows program is a learning community in which new and experienced service-learning practitioners deepen their knowledge, practice, partnerships, and sense of community.
  • Receive 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 are accepted on an ongoing basis.
  • Apply for 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.
  • Utilize practical and theoretical resources for your class: Visit our curated list of resources to deepen your theoretical understanding of service-learning and overcome practical challenges in your course.

Other Resources:

A variety of Duke programs and offices offer opportunities to prepare and support faculty in meaningful, equitable and sustainable engagement with the local community in Durham and beyond. Faculty at Duke have access to a variety of resources, learning and strategies to explore and pursue meaningful collaborations and partnerships with the community through their teaching, research and service.
Examples include:

  • Bass Connections, Data+ and Story+ support collaborations to address complex societal problems – several initiatives in these programs support teams of faculty and students working with community-based organizations.
  • Duke Collaboratories provide resources to faculty who pursue research on challenges of significant societal relevance reflected in Duke’s strategic priorities; Energy and Water Resources; Race, Religion and Citizenship; and Population Health.
  • The Office of Durham and Community Affairs provides resources, funding and support for faculty seeking direct service opportunities or deeper scholarly partnerships with Durham and other communities. Pilot funding and consultations for deeper and long-term collaborations will be offered in the 2019 - 2020 academic year.
  • The Duke Office of Civic Engagement strengthens, connects and amplifies the various ways that students, faculty and staff work to make a difference in the civic life of our communities.