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Service Learning

Faculty Resources

Service-learning is an effective pedagogy for connecting students to place and enhancing learning objectives by connecting them to genuine needs in the local community. The Center for Service-Learning's sponsored projects are designed to make service-learning accessible to students with varying schedules and limited transportation while also making service-learning easy to adopt, reliable, and meaningful for faculty. When students can sign up for sponsored projects on the Center's website and at the events, they indicate their instructor's names and that information is gathered by Center staff and reported back to faculty on a quarterly basis.

Library Resource Guides

Service-learning faculty have collaborated with librarians to prepare resource guides in support of common sponsored projects. These guides include background information, news stories, oral histories, videos, and other resources to enhance the learning component of your courses. You can link student assignments to the library resource guide generally or to specific components within them. Current resource guides complement sponsored projects at stәĺĵxwáli (Place of Medicine) in Gold Park and q’wәld’ali (Cultural Kitchen), in Japanese and Big Gulch, and Native gift making and others in support of Tribal Canoe Journey.

Service-Learning Faculty Liaison 

Dr. Thomas Murphy is your Service-Learning Faculty Liaison and is available to work with you to help you develop deeper and more meaningful service-learning projects. He and Stewart Sinning, Program Manager in the Center for Service-Learning have prepared a Service-Learning 101 slide show for your consultation. Dr. Murphy helps coordinate several service-learning communities involving multiple classes and faculty focused on fish, wildlife, and water quality monitoring in Mukilteo, green infrastructure in local municipalities, an annual powwow and coastal jam, community oral historiesurban agriculture and food security and sovereignty, and Tribal Canoe Journey. Other faculty led service-learning communities include Tunnel of IntersectionsMapping Sustainability, and Student Showcase.