Office of Service-Learning Support for Learning through Service

Faculty & Staff

Each year instructors at The Ohio State University include community-engaged learning in over 80 courses to enrich the understanding of course content, broaden appreciation of the discipline, and enhance development of civic responsibility. Faculty engaged in community-based scholarship have increased opportunities not only to enrich teaching and integrate service, but also to design research to improve future learning and service outcomes. The Office of Service-Learning offers a variety of resources to support faculty and staff in community-engaged courses:  

  • Technical assistance with course development
  • Faculty development workshops and other events
  • Identification of community partners and best practices for service coordination
  • Individual consultation

As part of our services, we maintain a wide collection of resources that can be readily accessed to support instructors in planning and facilitating community-engaged courses.  

  • Service-Learning/Community-Engaged Course Development Grants
  • Resources specific to online service and engagement opportunities
  • Newsletter for announcements, celebrations, and opportunities at Ohio State and other S-L/CEL organizations
  • Request forms for the curricular S-designation to ensure your course is counted and visible as a community-engaged course
  • Lending library full of print resources to help develop and facilitate high-impact community-engaged courses
  • Professional and scholarly publications and conferences related to service-learning and community-engaged learning
  • Digital stories sharing the impact of some of Ohio State's S-designated courses

Is there something missing from our list?  Let us know!

Why get involved in community-engaged learning?

  1. Improve student learning - research has shown that service-learning improves student academic outcomes and student motivation
  2. Make a difference - community-engaged learning allows faculty and students to see how their work and ideas can have an impact and practical application on life beyond the classroom
  3. Connect to your passion - intellectual passions and service interests can connect through creative community-based projects in ways traditional classes and research may not
  4. Attract driven students - students who seek out community-engaged courses have unique life experiences and a commitment to their own learning
  5. Improve town-gown relations - creating positive, reciprocal relationships with community partners helps to blur the boundaries between campus and community
  6. Publish in new ways - service-learning and community-engaged research creates new knowledge and offers the opportunity to stand out
  7. Diversify your CV - service-learning and community engagement makes a nice addition to your tenure and promotion materials

Does your program involve working with minors?  Make sure to follow Ohio State's Minor Participants Policy.