Service Learning as an Effective Method for Teaching
Incorporating service learning into your curriculum is an effective teaching strategy that increases faculty-student interaction while contributing to student social, intellectual, and professional development. As a pedagogy, service learning can be an important compenent to deepen student learning and participation in their disciplines through off-campus activities in addition to the traditional, lecture-driven curriculum. It requires active student participation in developing learning objectives and interacting in our society in a way that challenges their assumptions and strengthens critical thinking.
Service learning represents an opportunity for engaged scholarship. Engaged scholarship connects the expertise of the University to public issues that include artistic, social, cultural, scientific and economic development. Through this engaged form of teaching and research, faculty become leaders in their contributions to the core mission of the University.
What can the Office of Service Learning do to support your academic work?
The Office of Service Learning is a resource for service learning faculty. We are available to discuss any aspect of experiential education you may be considering. The Office of Service Learning may also assist you in the following ways:
- developing syllabi
- developing community partnerships
- exploring funding opportunities
- implementing University risk management policy associated with service learning or internship off-campus activities
- connecting you with other Stanislaus State service learning faculty
Service Learning Instructional Support Mini-Grant Program
The Office of Service Learning also supports faculty curriculum and research through the annual Instructional Support Mini-Grant Program. Grants up to $1,000.00 are awarded to full-time faculty and full-time lecturers that support efforts to enhance instruction and promote innovative teaching and learning strategies around service learning and community-based coursework. In the 2017-2018 academic year, ten mini-grants were issued to the following faculty:
- Dr. Elvin Aleman, Chemistry, to support the College of Science Warriors Chemistry Club students who will work with Turlock k-12 students with grade-specific chemistry activities.
- Ms. Paula Barrington-Schmidt, English, to support ENGL 4600: Tutorial Projects in English students who participate in the Annual Central Valley Writing Center Conference working with junior and high school students from Turlock, Oakdale and Modesto.
- Dr. Jeffrey Bernard, Kinesiology, to support KINS 4900: Exercise in Medicine students who will participate in the Wins Fitness program with Turlock Parks and Recreation Department.
- Dr. Mary Borba, Teacher Education, to support EDMS 4110: Reading Methods students who provide weekly reading lessons to Medeiros Elementary School students.
- Dr. Mark Grobner, Biology, to support ZOOL 3130: Vertebrate Embryology students who work with Turlock 4th – 6th graders on the frog life-cycle project.
- Dr. Nancy Hudspeth, Political Science and Public Administration, to support PSCI 3304: Introduction to Public Administration students who will work with the Turlock Community Collaborative to develop a community directory of services provided by the Collaborative agencies.
- Dr. Megan Jordan, Sociology, to support a Human Services Internship Fair allowing SOCL 4900: Sociology Internship students the opportunity to meet and network with community service agencies and explore internship placements.
- Dr. Abu Mboka, Criminal Justice, to support the Pathways to Success Mentor Program allowing University students to collect data on services provided by Stan State students who mentor Turlock k-12 protégés, and to assess the impact of the program on both mentors and protégés.
- Dr. Manuel Murrieta, Philosophy and Modern Languages, to support the Electronic Spanish Research and Creative Writing Workshop that seeks to foster students’ research and writing skills for participation in the electronic publication, Culturadoor.com.
- Dr. Jake Weigel, Art, to support ART 3380: Public Sculpture students who will work with Turlock Parks and Recreation on a public art installation project at a local public park.