Service Learning High Impact Teaching Series

Do you want your students to help solve this century’s most pressing societal challenges? Do you have an interest in community inspired research initiatives? The Office of Public Engagement in collaboration with the Institute for Teaching and Learning are offering a sequential learning series on the pedagogy of Service Learning.

This series will provide faculty an opportunity to receive tools and guidance about the pedagogy of service learning. Faculty who attend all sessions will receive a certificate of participation.

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 communities.  (Carnegie Definition)


**NEW DATE!!** Friday, April 17 – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (Bring your lunch if you wish)

Pedagogical Pillars of Service Learning, Rowe Building, Room 331E

Julia Yakovich, Service Learning and Anne Gebelein, El Instituto

This seminar will explore the fundamentals and characteristics of the pedagogy of service learning and will also uncover the research behind it. The presenters will review basic tools and tips of the trade for faculty to begin designing their service learning initiatives.



**NEW DATE!!** Monday, April 20, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (Bring your lunch if you wish)

How Sustainable Service Learning Community Partnerships can lead to Engaged Scholarship, Rowe Building, Room 331E

Jennifer Bruening, Neag School of Education

Those who utilize the pedagogy of service learning will have community partnerships to develop and nurture over time in order to create sustainable relationships. These partnerships can lead to engaged scholarship and other research and grant opportunities if framed as such.  You will learn from a faculty member who has ample experience through the Husky Sport program.



Monday, April 13, 11:15 am to 1:10 pm (lunch provided by ITL)

Service Learning and Effective Business Problem Solving in Entrepreneurial Settings, Rowe Building, Room 320

Zeki Simsek, School of Business

The pedagogy of service learning is effective in business settings and can be a driver for the local economy. Learn how this faculty member developed a senior capstone where students focus on consulting with local small businesses and put their accumulated business knowledge to work for the benefit of the business and to strengthen their own skills. This model can be adapted to any discipline.



Wednesday, April 15, 11:15 am to 1:10 pm (lunch provided by ITL)

Identifying Service Learning Community Partners Through the Non-Profit Platform, Rowe Building, Room 320

David Garvey, Department of Public Policy

Identifying community partners can sometimes be challenging. As a main pillar to the pedagogy of service learning, however, it is necessary to find a partner that is right for you, your class, and your research.  This session will help you navigate the local not-for-profit world through the Connecticut Nonprofit Strategy Platform.




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Wednesday, February 25, 11:15 am to 1:10 pm

Developing Effective Service Learning Framework, Rowe Building, Room 320

Beth Russell, HDFS

Service learning is a pedagogical strategy necessitating proper planning and framework.  This seminar will highlight one faculty’s perspective and experience on how to go about developing an effective framework for your service learning course.


Contact Julia Yakovich with any questions at