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CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF HELPING OUR UTA COMMUNITY OF FACULTY, STUDENTS, AND NONPROFIT AGENCIES!

Welcome to the Center for Service Learning! Here you will find numerous resources to assist as you engage in service learning at The University of Texas at Arlington. Since its beginning in the fall of 2001, CSL has empowered many faculty and students to experience the power of collaboration with community partners through their coursework.

What is Service Learning?

Service learning integrates community service into academic coursework, whereby students engage in classroom activities and reflection related to the performance of local service projects within the course.

More than a volunteer opportunity, service learning benefits both the student and the community partner through reciprocity of needs, which furthers the students' educational goals while promoting civic responsibility.

From focused collaboration with classmates and the community partner, to practical, real-world application, along with reflection and assessment, the learning process becomes a much richer and more well-rounded experience.

MEET SOME OF UTA'S SERVICE LEARNING FACULTY!

Click to read about the innovative ways faculty are collaborating with the community to give their students real-world experiences in their classes!  


We're excited to host...

Service Learning Workshop with Dr. Marybeth Lima - My life as an engaged scholar: How a simple idea got big and complicated in the best ways

Join us at our service learning workshop with Dr. Marybeth Lima, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department Chair at LSU. We’re thrilled to bring her back to campus (virtually) to share her 20+ year journey in service-learning and civic engagement in engineering through the LSU Community Playground Project, a cooperative effort in planning and building playgrounds with local communities. This real-world insight is a bonus for connecting what is taught in the engineering classroom to students’ future success.

Friday, April 9, 2021   10am-noon    RSVP:  https://common.forms.uta.edu/view.php?id=752106

Participants will gain insight into navigating obstacles, how to turn a no into a yes, and will be encouraged to construct their own stories of engagement. Participants will also learn a little about assessment and promotion and tenure efforts in service-learning and civic engagement.

With so much emphasis on the Maverick Advantage experiential program as it relates to student success, in addition to the new Maverick Advantage Faculty Engagement Program within CRTLE, this workshop will give your faculty some real-like examples of how to tie coursework with student critical thinking skills, as well as their own research opportunities.


Click HERE to access a quick presentation about the Center and its connection with faculty and student success!

CSL: The Link Between Campus & Community

What's in it for me?   

Service Learning FAQs


Faculty Fellows Program

Fall 2019 Fellows

The Faculty Fellows program is a semester-long program for any full-time UTA faculty interested in integrating service learning into their courses. In a series of monthly seminars, conducted both on campus and at area nonprofit agencies, faculty examine the academic and institutional origins of service learning, pedagogical best practices, and possibilities 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.

For more information and to apply


How Do You Do Service Learning in a Math Statistics Course? 

Read how Shanna Banda's statistics students conducted service learning projects


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Community Partner Breakfast 

Partner Breakfast 2016

Friday, October 15, 2021

8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Location: UTA University Center

Thank you for attending our 2021 annual Partner Breakfast. In case you coudn't make it, click here to watch the YouTube video.

 

The annual Partner Breakfast brings together UT Arlington faculty, staff, and administrators with regional nonprofit community agencies, providing a unique opportunity for collaboration in service learning projects within UT Arlington academic courses. It also provides campus departments the chance to discuss service opportunities for their departments and organizations wherein civic engagement is a major component.

Volunteer Opportunity Exchange

The Volunteer Opportunity Exchange (VOE) will be taking a break this year, but plans are underway to bring it back to campus next year - October 15, 2021. In the meantime, visit our listing of community engagement opportunities for service learning experiences.

See photos from the 2019 Partner Breakfast 


Service Learning Flyer

Service Learning Flyer
CSL works to educate students, staff, and faculty on the positive impact service learning courses make on a student's current and future life goals.

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