Skip to main content


To receive email updates related to Georgia Southern’s service-learning initiatives, email Dr. Urkovia Andrews at

What exactly is Service-Learning?

Service-learning is a “teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities” (National Service Learning Clearinghouse, 2012). There are varying types of service-learning projects:

  • Direct: Interaction between students and a community partner staff or clients (e.g. teach children in an after school program, interact with seniors at a living facility, teach a health concept, read to young children, prepare adults to take the GRE, plan an event, etc.)
  • Indirect: Students will not need to visit the community partner site weekly to complete these projects (e.g. create marketing and advertising pieces, write grant documents, devise an interior design layout, write a strategic plan, website updates, etc.)
  • Community Based Research: These projects seek to engage the expertise of the community partner, faculty, and student to address a pressing community issue for an organization, while also meeting academic objectives (e.g. assessment of community needs, land mapping, water testing for residents, etc.)
  • Advocacy: Students create awareness and promote action on a local issue (e.g. plan/participate in advocacy activities, public speaking, conducting public information campaigns, etc.)

This discussion paper will help you envision best-practices service-learning components that avoid common pitfalls encountered in service-learning course design.

Use this checklist to create meaningful, rigorous service-learning opportunities for your students.

Please note that Georgia Southern University asks that students engaged in service-learning complete this waiver prior to their work.

Agencies that serve vulnerable populations require background checks of student volunteers. Georgia Southern University Human Resources offers an online, free background check service only for students. Detailed instructions for how to request a background check are available at this link.  Allow 2 weeks for background check processing.

Service-Learning Handbook for Faculty

Created by the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement, this handbook contains everything you need to incorporate service-learning into your courses:

  • Discussion of the service-learning pedagogy
  • Information about facilitating and grading reflection
  • Required University waiver
  • Sample syllabi
  • Student background check form and information for logging volunteer hours
  • Sample dress code and student contracts
  • Links to service-learning journals and articles

Request for Service-Learning Facilitator

A pre-requisite for Service-Learning Facilitator support is pre-approval of your application, documenting a well-constructed service-learning experience and a need for Facilitator energy. Applications for service-learning facilitators are reviewed by Faculty Fellows. Here is the evaluative rubric the Faculty Fellows will use to make recommendations for Facilitator placement.  Be sure to download the pdf forms, then re-open in Acrobat Reader to enable editing. Re-save your edited form(s) under a different name and submit by email to Dr. Urkovia Andrews Include an updated course syllabus with your form submission.

Georgia Southern Service-Learning Course Development

Email the Faculty Fellow for your college or Dr. Urkovia Andrews for help

  • Developing your service-learning component
  • Finding a community partner
  • Applying for a Service-Learning Facilitator
  • Finding service-learning colleagues on campus

Planning a Service Trip?

Download and use this planning guide to coordinate service-learning trips for your students.

Online Resources

Last updated: 1/22/2019