What is service-learning?

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead

Service-learning is a civic engagement pedagogy that links disciplinary study and community service with reflection.  Our office works with faculty and community organizations to develop community-based research and opportunities for students to engage in projects which benefit civic and not-profit agencies.  The community-based research model of service learning is a great way to get students excited about research as well as for faculty to pursue their own scholarship.

Information and Web Resources for Faculty

The Volunteer Central office offers faculty members assistance with logistics, opportunities for recognition, and a community of educators dedicated to civic engagement. We are here to support you, the faculty member, in designing and implementing service-learning courses and pedagogies. Our staff is knowledgeable in service-learning practices and resources, and we maintain a continually expanding list of service sites in the community.  If you have any organizations with whom you would like us to partner, refer them to the Community Organization section of our site so they can register and began submitting projects.

We encourage you to come to meet with us to discuss implementing service-learning in your curriculum, including the development of community service placements appropriate to the academic goals and objectives of your course. 

Web resources:

Pennsylvania Campus Compact (PACC)

  • Pennsylvania Campus Compact (PACC) is a membership organization of 60 college and university presidents focused on civic and community engagement across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania representing two-year, four-year, public and private institutions. PACC enhances the capacity of campuses and communities to educate students for civic learning and community engagement to advance a healthy, just, and democratic society.

International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership

  • Uniting study abroad and volunteer service

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health

  • CCPH is a nonprofit organization that promotes health through partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions.

  • Supports a valuable list serve for faculty


  • Structured reflection, which may not always be a written reflection, is an integral component of service-learning. These resources discuss techniques, strategies, and research on this important topic.