Service Learning Faculty Overview

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The Center for Service Learning program was created in the Fall of 2005 to facilitate and support service learning activities through the Students in Service, AmeriCorps Program and in selected courses and departments throughout the college. The program was initiated by Cynthia Clarke (Instructor, Anthropology Department), who had been sending her Anthropology students into the community for the previous 5 years. Through her efforts, along with the assistance and support of the division of Social Science/Communication and key administrators, funding was established to support Service Learning efforts at EvCC. Through the development of the program, EvCC now has community agencies and schools that we have developed strong relationships with who offer our students a dynamic educational experience.

Currently the Center for Service Learning at EvCC is run by Sharon Allen, Program Specialist II. The program provides specific support for service-learning courses at EvCC, in addition to developing local service opportunities for students. The Center also provides material and resources for faculty seeking to add a Service-Learning component to their course.

As it is conceived and practiced here at EvCC, there are three basic components to effective service learning:

  • Preparation: setting objectives for skills to be learned or issues to consider, planning meaningful service projects to meet those objectives and to benefit the agencies being served, and orienting students to the Project and to the work they will be doing;
  • Action: committing to and performing scheduled community service;
  • Reflection: analyzing and discussing the deeper messages and issues arising from the service, drawing from theories learned in class. Ideally this reflection occurs within the classroom setting in two manners: 1) individually, as the students prepare their service learning papers and/or oral presentations, and 2) in class discussions, where the instructor helps the students make the connection between the service experiences and the course material.