Service Learning for Faculty

Welcome to TTU's service learning community!

Service learning is a pedagogy that links academic study and civic engagement through thoughtfully organized service that meets the needs of the community. This service is structured by and integrated into the academic curriculum, which provides opportunities for students to learn and develop through critical reflection. A partnership of the Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement (CALUE) and the Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center (TLPDC), the Service Learning Program is committed to providing rigorous and reflective academic experiences for our students.

students performing service

Texas Tech faculty from diverse academic disciplines report that service learning enhances their teaching and student's interest in course material, and connects both faculty and students to the community. Service learning provides faculty opportunities to create dynamic learning environments for their students.

Criteria for service learning courses at Texas Tech University:

  • Service learning courses provide rigorous and enhanced academic learning by interconnecting community action and critical reflection.
  • Service learning courses provide relevant and meaningful service by placing students in projects that are tailored to address community and societal needs.
  • Service learning courses provide purposeful civic learning by creating a learning environment where students can acquire the knowledge, skills, and values to make an explicitly direct contribution to themselves and their communities, both local and global, through civic participation.
  • Service learning courses will incorporate the following student outcome in the courses as well in the syllabi: Students will be able to identify, articulate, and reflect critically on ethical issues in personal, professional, and/or civic life from their own perspective as well as that of others.

Interested in designating a service learning course?

The Service Learning Program welcomes course submissions from all colleges, departments, and instructors. Faculty are encouraged to submit their service-learning course materials for official "S" designation. We also encourage faculty interested in service-learning to apply for the Service Learning Faculty Fellows Program.

Facilitated by the Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center (TLPDC) and supported by the Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement (CALUE), the Service Learning Faculty Fellows (SLFF) program fosters a community of scholars who integrate the philosophy, pedagogy, and process of service learning into each component of their professional lives—research, teaching, and service.

The deadline to apply for an "S" designation for the summer and fall 2015 semesters is March 9, 2015.

Service Learning Course Submission Application

For more detailed descriptions of the Service Learning Course Criteria and samples of alternative assignments and acknowledgement of support, please follow the hyperlinks embedded in this text. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can provide assistance or additional information regarding the service learning course submission process.