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Faculty Service Learning Resources

If you have questions about how to navigate service learning and community based work during the COVID-19 outbreak, please feel free to contact me. I may not have all the answers, but we can work together to navigate through this time.

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Welcome Faculty!

The mission of the Service Learning Program is to assist MSU Denver faculty in the design and implementation of service learning, a high-impact instructional practice, and to integrate it into the curriculum across disciplines at all levels. To fulfill this mission, the Service Learning Program staff provides course design assistance, training, and administrative and other program support to faculty; develops and sustains community partner connections; and collects data on all dimensions of service learning.

Why teach a Service Learning course?

Service learning engages multiple communities in scholarly inquiry, creative activity and the application of knowledge. A key part of this mission is to enable educators with the resources and support needed to transform the classroom experience. With service learning, all participants engage in scholarly inquiry, gain professional development opportunities through experiential learning, and are better prepared to engage with their communities.

Faculty Benefits

Faculty Support

  • Training and orientation on service learning best practices
  • Structure and framework
  • Faculty resources

Student and Community Impact

  • Identify and meet a community need
  • Relate the service learning experience to core concepts
  • Students reflect on their contributions to the community

Already engaged in Service Learning?

Please report your service learning activities to In addition to tracking your projects, we can offer support and advice on issues like MSU Denver's Workers' Comp policy and Liability Insurance. If you are doing community-based research, you may also need to obtain IRB approval. Visit their website for more information.

How do I designate my course as Service Learning?

The Service Learning Designation provides official recognition for classes that meet specific criteria for utilizing the service learning pedagogy. Faculty who already engage in Service Learning activities at an unofficial capacity, or are interested in bringing service learning to the classroom, are strongly encouraged to contact us.

Funding Resources

Check out opportunities for funding: Service Learning Mini-Grants, Designation Incentive Grants, and Community-based Research Grants. 

Class resources

Visit our SharePoint site on Office365 to find resources or to contribute a few of your own. 

Course Materials


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