A community-based approach to education that combines meaningful community service, critical reflection, and civic education—all of which enhance the academic learning in a particular course.
Through service learning, students have the opportunity to:
Global Service Learning Scholarships
The OSL provides scholarships to students enrolled in service learning courses that include a domestic or international travel/immersion component. Scholarships are reviewed on a rolling basis. Students are strongly encouraged to submit applications at least three months prior to the date of travel. Access the application on OrgSync or contact the OSL with questions.
Visit the Center for Faith and Public Life's Service and Civic Immersion page to learn more about travel/immersion programs.
Research and Publication Opportunities
The Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research will publish written work by undergraduates in the six categories. In each category, a published piece will contribute to the existing knowledge in a particular subject area.
Become a peer leader
Each semester, OSL engages undergraduates as student leaders to their peers in service-learning courses. After an application process, each Associate works intensively with one professor to support a service-learning course which aligns with the Associate's academic background and interests. The Associates meet regularly with both faculty and fellow Associates throughout the semester and attend professional development trainings facilitated by the Office of Service Learning.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to become an SLA?
Any current, enrolled undergraduate or graduate student who has taken a service-learning course at Fairfield University or at another institution of higher education is eligible.
What do SLAs do?
SLAs will assist faculty with course related activities such as maintaining communication with community partners, helping students to schedule their service learning experiences, supporting the facilitation of reflection, and so on. The specific role of the SLA is worked out between the faculty member and the SLA in order to meet the unique needs of each service-learning course. SLAs also have the opportunity to perform service or research projects and present their findings at conferences or as journal articles.
How is SLA distinct from a teaching assistantship?
SLAs, like teaching assistants (TAs), are meant to enhance the classroom by contributing to classroom activities and taking some of the administrative/logistical burden off of the professor. However, unlike TAs, Associates only contribute to the portion of the class related to service learning. SLAs can serve as liaisons to students and the community and work in partnership with faculty on facilitating high quality service learning.
What will the Office of Service Learning provide?