While there are many ways in which students and faculty may participate in community engagement, with a focus on reflection and reciprocity, service learning stands apart from experiences such as volunteering and internships. Through service learning, the needs of both the community partner and student are considered equally in the development of projects and service initiatives. In addition, in service learning there is an emphasis on critical reflection in which students are asked to make connections between course content and the service experience.
What is the definition of service learning at Texas Tech?
Service learning links civic engagement and learning outcomes and opportunities through thoughtfully organized service that meets the needs of the community. This service is a structured activity with an emphasis on reflection, which provides opportunities for students to learn and develop through critical reflection. (Adapted from the work of the TTU Service Learning Advisory Council, 2003).
How can I get involved in service learning at Texas Tech?
Students and faculty at Texas Tech are encouraged to participate in Service Breaks through TrUE and academic service learning courses offered in multiple departments in all colleges at TTU.
Are you interested in participating in a Service Break? For more information, visit
TrUE Service Breaks.
Are you a faculty member interested in service learning? For more information, visit About Academic Service Learning.
Are you a faculty member interested in designating a service learning course? For more information, visit S Designation.
The Texas Tech University Service Learning Program is supported by the Teaching, Learning,
and Professional Development Center (TLPDC) and provides information, support, and opportunities concerning service learning
to students, faculty, and community members, fostering an appreciation of the academic
and social values of community engagement.
To hear what faculty are saying about service learning, please watch the following videos.
What Is Service Learning?
Service Learning Tips and Tricks