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Service Learning Resources for Community Partners

Service Learning aligns with the Wake Forest spirit of Pro Humanitate and the goals of Institute for Public Engagement (IPE) to further engaged teaching and scholarship, build community, and support service. New Wake Forest students work with biology professor Gloria Muday in her research garden on campus as part of the SPARC volunteer service program on Wednesday, August 19, 2009.

Service-Learning is a “credit-bearing, educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility” Robert Bringle and Julie Hatcher, A Service Learning Curriculum for Faculty. The Michigan Journal of Community Service –Learning, Fall 1995, pp.112-122

Essential components are:

  • Enhanced academic learning (relating specific service activities to student academic learning)
  • Purposeful civic learning (helping students understand community needs, the context of their service, and how they can impact their community)
  •  Relevant and meaningful service with the community (well organized service that responds to a community need as identified by the community)
  • Integration strategies (structured activities that support learning from service and promote critical reflection and analysis, e.g.  classroom discussions, individual structured reflections (journals), class presentations, written assignments)
  • Credit is awarded to students based on demonstration of their learning


IPE coordinates efforts to enhance engaged teaching and scholarship by providing support for the key stakeholders, namely faculty, students and community partners.   

With regard to support for Community Partners, the IPE:

  • Raises community understanding of service learning and encourage partnerships for service learning
  • Conducts outreach  to community partners to identify community needs
  • Links faculty and students with community partners seeking to address specific needs
  • Highlights community partners for service learning
  • Creates web resources for community partners, including a Community Partner Handbook
  • Maintains relationships with community partners interested or engaged in service learning

The following links contain more information about service learning at Wake Forest:

Service Learning Resources for Faculty

Service Learning Resources for Students

The Ace Fellows Program

List of Service Learning Courses offered at Wake Forest

Another resource is North Carolina Campus Compact, which builds the capacity of colleges and universities to produce civically-engaged graduates.

For more information, please contact:

Norma-May Isakow
Associate Director
Institute for Public Engagement

Reynolda Hall Room 305c
PO Box 7213 | Winston-Salem, NC 27109
p 336.758.4021 | f 336.758.3305