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Academically Engaged Community Service
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What is Service Learning?

Service Learning integrates academic coursework with service to the community. Students engage in classroom activities and discussions and perform local service projects related to their academic coursework. 

More than a volunteering opportunity, service learning furthers educational goals while promoting civic responsibility. From focused instruction and concept discussions with classmates to practical, real-world application, coupled with reflection and assessment, the learning process becomes a much richer and more well-rounded experience. Through reflective activities, students enhance their understanding of course content, learn to apply academic training to solve real-world problems, and develop a sense of civic responsibility.

What's in it for me?  

Why do it?  Here's what students & faculty have to say.

Service Learning FAQs

NEW!  CSL Student Ambassador Program

The Center for Service Learning (CSL) Student Ambassadors is a diverse group of UT Arlington students from across disciplines that provides service learning awareness, information, and assistance through presentations, events, and outreach to the UTA and surrounding community. It consists of a Chair, Vice-Chair, Historian, PR & Marketing Coordinator, and Outreach Coordinator.


Partner Breakfast 2016Community Partner Breakfast 

Join us for the annual Partner Breakfast, which brings together UT Arlington Faculty and Staff with regional Nonprofit Community Partners and Agencies, providing a unique opportunity for faculty collaboration in service learning projects within UT Arlington academic courses, in addition to service opportunities with campus departments and organizations wherein civic engagement is a major component. Our panel of faculty, students, and community partners will share service learning success stories that will inspire all who attend. Plan to join us for a morning of great connections and service learning information.

Register Here for the Partner Breakfast

Friday, January 26, 2018, Bluebonnet Ballroom, UTA's E.H. Hereford University Center.  Agency guests and non-permit holders must register their vehicle; information on parking will be emailed to each person who registers.

NEW!  Volunteer Opportunity Exchange

Looking for a place to volunteer for yourself or maybe get volunteer hours for your organization or class?  Do you need a community partner for your service learning course?  Maybe you want to connect with local agencies for internship and job possibilities.

Stop by the Volunteer Opportunity Exchange, a nonprofit agency tabling event which will be held from 10am-1pm on January 26 in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. This informal event is open to the entire UTA Community to enable faculty, staff, student organizations, campus departments, and individuals wanting to find ongoing or short-term service learning or volunteer opportunities, to network with our Community Partners.

There will be snacks, giveaways, and raffle prizes for attendees.  Contact Susan in the UTA Center for Service Learning,, for more information about the event.

Friday, January 26, 2018    10:00am - 1:00pm

Bluebonnet Ballroom, University Center 
300 W. First St., Arlington, TX

Awareness Campaign now underway!

CSL Poster

Have you seen our new service learning posters around campus? This is just the beginning of our Service Learning

 Awareness Campaign! Look for our new logo, tabling events, and more as we educate students, staff, and faculty on the positive impact service learning courses make to a student's current and future life goals.

Click here to download the CSL 8 1/2" x 11" flyer

Click here to download the CSL 11" x 17" poster


Click Here for application information on our 2017-2018 Faculty Fellows Program

The Faculty Fellows program is a semester-long program for faculty interested in integrating service learning into their courses. In a series of monthly seminars, conducted both on campus and at area non-profit agencies, faculty examine the academic and institutional origins of service learning, pedagogical best practices, and possibilites of combining service learning and research.

Collegiality is one of the highlights of the Faculty Fellows experience. Faculty meet, discuss, and share in small group settings to nurture their growth in service to their community and knowledge of the process, within a mentoring environment. Through this interaction, Faculty Fellows form sustainable partnerships and supportive networks, and have opportunities to engage in collaborative, community-based research and scholarship.

UT Arlington is a Carnegie Community Engaged Campus Carnegie Logo

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Honor Roll

UT Arlington has had a consistent showing on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since 2006.

Learn more about the Honor Roll