Service Learning FAQs for Faculty

What is the difference between Service-Learning and Community Service?

Service-learning is curriculum-based and structured as a class requirement in which students enroll and serve the community.  It includes both a classroom and an off-campus experience with a reflective component and meets the objectives and goals set forth by the instructor/course. In community service, the emphasis is on the people being helped and the service being offered.  These are services, which are identified by an institution of higher education, through formal or informal consultation with local nonprofit, governmental, and community-based organizations. Community service is designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, to solve particular problems related to their needs, including such fields as health care, child care, literacy training, education welfare, social services, transportation, housing and neighborhood improvement, public safety, disaster relief, crime prevention and control, recreation, rural development, and community improvement; among others.

What do I have to do in order to offer a service-learning course? 
Please contact the Associate Director, Dr. Gisele Gentry at 601-979-6938 or gisele.n.gentry@jsums.edu

What information must I submit at the beginning of every semester to The Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning?

  1. Notification that you are utilizing service-learning for the semester
  2. Submission of The Service-Learning Course Enrollment Form                                                                                                                                                                  

What is the faculty requirement for Service-Learning?                                                                           All students are required to attend and/or complete an orientation prior to starting the service experience. All students are required to complete a Service-Learning Registration Package which includes the Service-Learning Registration Form, Forgery Statement, Student Liability Release Form and Agreement, and a Professional Guideline Form (for each service-learning course) prior to the service experience and submit the registration package to the professor. The professor is responsible for submitting the registration package to the faculty liaison in the Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning, by the February 9, 2015, deadline.                                                                                                                         Please note: if registration packages are not submitted before the deadline, no credit can be given to the student at the end of the semester

When are the Service-Learning deadlines for this semester?
January 16 -  Submission of the Service-Learning Course Enrollment Form for returning faculty. 

February 9 - Student Registration Package are due to The Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning (forms must be submitted by the professor only/NO EXCEPTIONS).

February 27-  Submission of the Service-Learning Course Enrollment Form for new faculty.

April 17- All service-learning log in forms are due to The Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning (forms must be submitted by the professor only/NO EXCEPTIONS).

What events have been planned for this semester?

January 27- Community In Action Fair (CIA), 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; 3rd floor, Student Center (Ballrooms A & B).

January 28 - 30 - Service-Learning Orientations (for students enrolled in a service-learning course)  9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.; 2nd floor Jacob L. Reddix Hall (General Purpose Room).

Downloads: 

Spring 2015 Agency Partner List

Service-Learning Log In Form 2015

Missing Service-Learning Hours Form

Service-Learning Registration Package 2015

Site Agreement Packet