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Service Learning Resources for Faculty

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. Students from Atkins High School tour the lab of phyiscs professor Jed Macosko.

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 Wake Forest Faculty, the IPE:

  • Conducts outreach to faculty across campus to raise awareness of and increase capacity for service learning  pedagogy
  • Provides support for Director of ACE Fellows Faculty Development Program for selected faculty interested in incorporating service learning into their courses and linking it to their scholarship 

Additional ways in which IPE provides support for faculty to enhance engaged teaching:

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

Service Learning Resources for Community Partners

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