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 that meets the objectives and goals set forth by the instructor and of the course. In community service, the emphasis is placed 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 Faculty Liaison, Regina Clay at 601-979-6939 or regina.clay@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?

  • Notification that you are utilizing Service-Learning for the semester
  • 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 Packet 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 packet to the professor. The professor is responsible for submitting the registration packet to the Faculty Liaison, Regina Clay, in The Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning, by the September 18, 2015 deadline.      

When are the Service-Learning deadlines for this semester?
September 3, 2015 – Notify the Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning  a list of the class (s) (include class name, CRN number and class section number) that you would like to offer as a part of service-learning.

September 11, 2015- (Online 8 week course) Student Registration Packets are due to The Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning (forms must be submitted by the professor only/NO EXCEPTIONS).  FIRM DEADLINE

September 18, 2015 - Student Registration Packets are due to The Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning (forms must be submitted by the professor only/NO EXCEPTIONS).  FIRM DEADLINE

September 25, 2015 - Submission of the Service-Learning Course Enrollment Form for returning faculty. 

September 30, 2015 - Submission of the Service-Learning Course Enrollment Form for new faculty.

October 7, 2015 – (Online 8 week course) 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).  FIRM DEADLINE

October 30, 2015 (Online 8 week course) Student Registration Packets are due to The Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning (forms must be submitted by the professor only/NO EXCEPTIONS).  FIRM DEADLINE

November 20, 2015 - 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).  FIRM DEADLINE

December 2, 2015 (Online 8 week course) 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).  FIRM DEADLINE

 

What events have been planned for this semester?

September 8, 2015 - Service-Learning Orientations (for students enrolled in a Service-Learning course) will be held in the Jacob L. Reddix Hall, 2nd floor (General Purpose Room), at the following times: 9:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.         

September 8, 2015 – Brown Bag Series will provide information on various opportunities of Service-Learning.  The Brown Bag Series will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Jacob L. Reddix Hall, 1st floor (Suite 110).  Please RSVP to Ms. Regina Clay at (601) 979-6939 or email regina.clay@jsums.edu.

September 9, 2015 - Service-Learning Orientations (for students enrolled in a Service-Learning course) will be held in the Jacob L. Reddix Hall, 2nd floor (General Purpose Room), at the following times: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. 

September 10, 2015 - Community In Action Fair (CIA), will be held in the Student Center (Ballrooms A & B) 3rd floor from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

October 13, 2015 – Brown Bag Series will provide information on various opportunities of Service-Learning.  The Brown Bag Series will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Jacob L. Reddix Hall, 1st floor (Suite 110).  Please RSVP to Ms. Regina Clay at (601) 979-6939 or email regina.clay@jsums.edu.

November 10, 2015 – Brown Bag Series will provide information on various opportunities of Service-Learning.  The Brown Bag Series will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Jacob L. Reddix Hall, 1st floor (Suite 110).  Please RSVP to Ms. Regina Clay at (601) 979-6939 or email regina.clay@jsums.edu.

                                                               

Downloads: 

Academic Service Form (3)

Fall 2015 Agency Partner List

Service Learning Course Enrollment Form (1)

Service Learning Log-in form (3)

site agreement packet fall 2015