Service-learning is a progressive way of teaching that has been adopted by university faculty members nationwide. As distinguished from traditional community service, service-learning is intentionally linked with an academic course and incorporates specific pedagogical goals for community service -- including structured reflection activities within the classroom. With social justice at its philosophical root, service-learning pedagogy naturally combines the life of the mind with habits of the heart. ASU faculty members from a variety of disciplines have adopted service-learning as a teaching tool in their classrooms and have found that service projects complement and enhance other traditional learning vehicles such as reading and writing.

Below are some ideas of how students involved in service-learning projects may help your agency

Does your agency need assistance with developing and implementing client surveys or program evaluations? Students in statistics and research-based classes may be able to assist you with these projects.

  • Would you like assistance with developing agency brochures, logos, and/or web pages? Students studying graphic design or computer science may complete these projects for you.
  • Would you like to design a curriculum for a new class or start up a tutoring/mentoring program? Students in education courses can assist you with this process.
  • Does your agency need to create and/or implement a new marketing plan or fundraising/public relations events? Students studying business and communications may be able to help.

These are a few ideas for service-learning projects; but, with creativity as our guide this is only the beginning! Please contact Dr. Clark Maddux at or 828-262-2545 to discuss your project ideas.

Community Partner's Service-Learning Listserv

The Points of Light Foundation is pleased to announce the new community-based organization service-learning listserv! The listserv is a national, electronic mailing list for individuals at community-based organizations who are engaged in service-learning activities. Their intent is for community-based organizations to use the listserv to share the best resources and practices for developing their own service-learning programs, or in working with higher education institutions to develop partnerships centered around service-learning. The listserv is an open list and hopes to include a diverse group of practitioners from local community-based organizations, organizations assisting community-based organizations, and national organizations with an interest in community based service-learning. Sign up using the box on their website homepage.