Faculty & Staff


COVID-19 UPDATE: Please see our new page https://u.osu.edu/servicelearning/faculty/resources-for-online-s-l/ for information on how to take service-learning pedagogy online.

Each year instructors at The Ohio State University include service-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 service-learning courses:

  • Technical assistance with course development
  • Faculty development workshops and other events
  • Identification of community partners
  • Assistance with service placement and management
  • Individual consultation

As part of our services, we maintain a wide collection of resources that can support instructors in planning and facilitating service-learning courses.  Please refer to the menu for a full list and links.  Is there something missing from our list?  Let us know!

Why get involved in service-learning?

  1. Improve student learning – research has shown that service-learning improves student academic outcomes and student motivation
  2. Make a difference – service-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 service-learning projects in ways traditional classes and research may not
  4. Attract driven students – students who seek out service-learning 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.