Support for Learning through Service


Service-learning is a form of experiential education characterized by student participation in an organized service activity that:

  • is connected to specific learning outcomes
  • meets identified community needs
  • provides structured time for student reflection and connection of the service experience to learning

The Office of Service-Learning supports development, implementation, and evaluation of sustainable service-learning courses and encourages community-based scholarship across the curricula of The Ohio State University to enhance student learning, develop student civic engagement, and foster ongoing collaboration with local and global communities.


News & Events

University Engagement Recognition Awards now accepting applications!

On behalf of The Ohio State University, the offices of Outreach and Engagement, International Affairs, Service-Learning, Student Life and Undergraduate Education recognize faculty, staff, students and community partners for outstanding achievement with the University Engagement Recognition Awards program.  Awards are given to the top partnerships in the International Engagement, Community Engagement and Service-Learning categories. Awards for staff, students, student groups and community partners are also given annually. A total of $17,500 will be awarded across all categories. We wish to recognize outstanding campus achievements in the fields of engagement and service.

For more information: http://engage.osu.edu/for-faculty-and-staff/awards.html

Service-Learning Course Development Grant Program now accepting applications!

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Service-Learning Course Development Grants.  These grants of up to $4,000 each support the development and enrichment of service-learning courses.  Applications are due Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

For more information: http://u.osu.edu/servicelearning/faculty/grants/

Share your work at engagement scholarship conferences!

The deadline to submit proposals to the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) 2018 conference has been extended to Friday, January 26.  The conference will take place July 18-20 in New Orleans, LA.  For more information about the 2018 conference as it becomes available, to view the call, or to submit a proposal, please visit http://www.researchslce.org/conferences/.

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium is accepting proposals for their 2018 meeting until Friday, March 16.  The conference will take place Sept. 30 – Oct. 3 in Minneapolis, MN.  For more information about the conference themes and instructions to submit a proposal, please visit https://engagementscholarship.org/conference/esc-2018-meeting/proposals.