Experiential Learning and Career Success

Experiential Learning
and Career Success

Service Learning Resources

Experiential Learning and Career Success is the campus resource center to support service learning. Contact Andrea Vernon at 243-5159 or andrea.vernon@mso.umt.edu for additional support.

For Faculty

Service Learning is a method of teaching and learning in which students, faculty, and community partners work together to enhance student learning by applying academic knowledge in a community-based setting.  Student work addresses the needs of the community as identified through collaboration with community or tribal partners while meeting instructional objectives through faculty-structured service work and critical reflection meant to prepare students to be civically responsible members of the community.  At its best, service learning enhances and deepens students' understanding of an academic discipline by facilitating the integration of theory and practice, while providing them with experience that develops life skills and engages them in critical reflection about individual, institutional, and social ethics.

Faculty development funding may be available to faculty who offer service learning courses in partnership with the Missoula Flagship afterschool program. Contact andrea.vernon@mso.umt.edu for more information.

Engaged Faculty Institute Curriculum

The EFI Curriculum is a resource for faculty development specific to service learning course design (or re-design). This curriculum provides a thorough, updated roadmap for intensive, facilitated faculty development specific to service learning course construction, implementation, and sustainability in a college or university setting. Each unit within the curriculum addresses a key component of service learning, from basic definitions and an explanation of the pedagogy, to thinking about risk management in the design of service learning courses, to deepening practitioners’ understanding of cultural competency as it relates to the student experience in a service learning course, and pursuing opportunities for service learning scholarship. To supplement the content, the curriculum also includes case studies, worksheets, research findings, and syllabi submitted through 46 colleges and universities from 61 academic disciplines and/or Centers for Service Learning and Community Engagement from across the Campus Compact and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health networks.

Using Structured Reflection to Enhance Learning from Service
This site provides various reflection FAQs, examples of reflection, and a bibliography regarding structured reflection activities.

Service Learning Program Models
This Campus Compact site contains descriptions of successful service learning programs at various institutions as well as civic engagement program models.

Service Learning Syllabi
This Campus Compact site includes over 300 service learning syllabi from across disciplines.  Faculty members may also submit their own syllabi to the website.

Service Learning Course Evaluation
This is a generic questionnaire UM faculty can use to obtain feedback from students about their service learning course experience.

Research University Engaged Scholarship Toolkit
This is an evolving set of resources that helps scholars and practitioners at research-intensive universities to both do community-engaged research well and to identify new ways of documenting and evaluating engaged scholarship for promotion and tenure. 

Service Learning and Retention
A publication examining the impact of service learning on student retention rates.

Publishing Outlets for Community Based Research
A Campus Compact site presenting various journals and collaborative publications that showcase articles and research dealing with service learning.

Service Learning in Promotion and Tenure Resources
A Campus Compact site including various resources for promotion and tenure guidelines as related to service learning, including guidelines from several institutions, publications, toolkits, and other service learning academic websites.

Journals and Articles

Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning

Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education

A Promising connection: Increasing College Access and Success through Civic Engagement

For Students

Student Advocate Resources
A Campus Compact site including guides, models, research, and other resources for students to become more effective advocates for social, political, cultural, or environmental change on campus and in the community.

Political Research Toolkit
Learn more about various political issues and how politicians have voted in the past through the resources on this Campus Compact website.