Service-learning & Leadership

Service-learning for Faculty

Many definitions of service-learning exist – and, each mentions the application of academic instruction within the community to meet need and enrich student learning. Service-learning at Scottsdale Community College combines meaningful service within our community and academic instruction within our classrooms to develop more socially aware, civically responsible and globally engaged student citizens. Thus, for a volunteer experience to be recognized as service-learning, you will find the following four basic notions occur:

INTENTION: The experience must be intentionally connected to the curriculum.

NEED: The experience must meet a need determined by the approved community partner for which the service is to happen.

REFLECTION: Students must reflect upon their experience in some manner. This is where their learning takes place.

CELEBRATION: The value of the work contributed by the students must be acknowledged. Recognition encourages future collaboration, reaffirms partnerships and renew/encourages a continuing commitment to serve.

  • Engages student in active learning
  • Increases student retention of material
  • Reinvigorates teaching
  • Allows you to mentor students
  • Establishes meaningful relationships with students and community
  • Develops sense of difference-making for students and community
  • Provides opportunities for research and publication
  • Furthers college vision, mission and values
  • Increases student retention
  • Presents college as active, engage community partner
  • Encourages innovation in teaching
  • Enriches quality and relevancy of provided education
  • Engages faculty and student in community issues
  • Increases development and preparation of graduates

There are a number of ways to incorporate service-learning into your classroom at Scottsdale Community College – none being any better than the next. What’s most important is for you, as the faculty member, to figure out what feels most comfortable, start small, seek help from fellow faculty and the Office of Service-learning & Leadership, and build gradually. During that process, consider the following:

  1. Independent Project
    1. SCC Honors Contract in Service-learning: Any student can create an Honors Contract to complete service-learning in any one of your classes. Specific parameters are in place regarding the process, deadlines and number of service hours, and both Honors and Service-learning & Leadership are available to help your student.
      Several SCC faculty have sponsored an Honors Contract in Service-learning, such as Sara Beakley-Mercill, Laura Fitzgerald, John Liffiton, and Larry Tualla.
    2. Assignment Exchange: Any student can have the choice of completing a service-learning project (and related academic work) instead of a paper, presentation or exam. You have the flexibility to determine project components related to the process, deadlines, number of service hours and even potential approved community partner service locations.
      Several SCC faculty that have offered service-learning as an assignment exchange – Larry Tualla, John Weser, Joe Ortiz, Albert Shank
  2. In-course Project
    1. Small Group: Students are organized into smaller groups or as individuals to complete a service project. The approved community partners served might be your determination or up to your students; the service may occur at one approved community partner location or more than one. Process, deadlines and number of hours served would also be up to you.
      Several SCC faculty that have incorporated small group service-learning into their courses – Sara Beakley-Mercill, Sheila Brandt, Darrell Copp, Ron Monroig, Ramona Goth, Carlyn Sikes, Chuck Cooper, Debbie Dollmeyer
    2. Large Group: As a class, you and your students would complete a service project at a community partner. Again, the project parameters are up to you, and final assignments could be individual or group.
      Several SCC faculty that have incorporated large group service-learning into their courses – Dave Brown, Darrell Copp, Matt Healy, Janet Robinson, Eric Rasmussen, Adam Stich
  • PowerPoint
  • Syllabus Statements
  • Faculty Starter Kit
  • Service-learning Committee
    Dr. Becky Bradley, co-chair and director of Service-learning & Leadership
    Matt Healy, co-chair and English faculty
    ​Frank Attanucci, Math faculty
    Sara Beakley-Mercill, CIS faculty
    Sheila Brandt, CIS faculty
    Darrell Copp, Communication faculty and department chair
    Michelle Dew, program advisor for Service-learning & Leadership
    Robert Martin, Nutrition faculty
    Relindis Mawo, Chemistry faculty
    Laurie McCune, program coordinator for Service-learning & Leadership
    Larry Tualla, English faculty and department chair, Honors Program coordinator
    Lori Wedding, Nursing faculty
  • Campus Compact
    This organization is dedicated to fulfilling the public purpose of higher education. When visiting this website, you will find it to be an outstanding resource for information on service-learning from colleges and universities all across the United States – project ideas, best practices, information on current issues, reflection activities, articles, books, and much more!
  • National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
    This organization is said to be our nation’s largest library of service-learning resources. You can find tons of free information for K-12, higher education, community-based organizations and tribal communities. Visitors to the site are invited to learn, plan and connect.