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Academically Engaged Community Service
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The University of Texas at Arlington is recognized as a Community Engaged Institution through theCarnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

What is Service Learning?

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

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

Service Learning Showcase


Through an application process, individual students and student teams will be selected from across disciplines to present diverse service learning projects to UTA faculty, Administration, Staff, and Alumni at the annual Service Learning Showcase. These projects will highlight community engagement organized and completed as a service learning component within a UTA course during any semester between Summer 2017 - Spring 2018. It is an excellent opportunity to hear the personal impact of our students' experience – marketable skills, personal growth, and civic awareness.  

UTA faculty, Administrators, Staff, and Alumni are invitied to attend. (See RSVP link below)

A small scholarship will be awarded to presenters.  Breakfast will be provided. Student deadline to apply as a presenter - Monday, April 9, 2018  Showcase Flyer

Info on Service Learning Showcase

For Students Application to Present at SL Showcase

UTA Faculty, Staff, AlumniRSVP to attend Showcase

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. Click Here for more details.


Partner Breakfast 2016Community Partner Breakfast - Save the Date!

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.

Friday, February 8, 2019, 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.

Volunteer Opportunity Exchange - Save the Date!

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 11am-1pm on February 8, 2019 in the Palo Duro room in the University Center. 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, February 8, 2019    11:00am - 1:00pm

Palo Duro, University Center 
300 W. First St., Arlington, TX

Awareness Campaign!

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Have you seen our service learning posters around campus?  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.

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