|Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates
meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich
the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen
--Learn and Serve
The Volunteer Service Office views service-learning as a vital part of higher education and community building. The office supports service-learning efforts in a number of ways.
Project Coordination and Classroom Presentations
Staff members in the Volunteer Service Office are available to help faculty develop ideas for service projects, connect with community partners, and plan logistics. VSO staff can also make classroom presentations about topics such as civic responsibility, the benefits of service-learning, professional conduct in service-learning projects, current community partners, and previous service-learning projects. Staff members also serve as liaisons between students and community partners.
Connections to Resources
The Volunteer Service Office maintains connections with over 40 community partners including non-profit agencies, government offices, and the local school district. In addition the office has affiliations with AmeriCorps, Pennsylvania Campus Compact (PACC), and the Philadephia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND). The office also has a Service Learning Library, from which faculty, staff, and students may borrow materials. More resources about service-learning can be found at Learn and Serve America.
Service Learning Projects at Ship
Problem Based Learning in Psychology
Oral Histories in Writing Intensive First Year Seminar