Service-learning classes at Stevenson University provide benefits to students, faculty and the community. With numerous courses offered, service-learning appeals to many students pursuing a variety of majors. This experiential learning approach gives students an advantage among other candidates in job interviews since it demonstrates interest in issues beyond the classroom.
Described as an intentional teaching and learning strategy, service-learning integrates meaningful service with academic instruction and reflection. Dr. Christine Moran, dean of student success and associate dean of service-learning, is passionate about this program.
“I have always believed in giving back,” mentioned Moran; she now has two roles in the service-learning initiative at Stevenson. Her first responsibility is to work with professors in order to understand their course and learning outcomes. Her other role includes working with community partners to assess their needs. Moran brings people together who support education and believe in the value of community engagement and to become part of her team.
Service-learning courses are offered in each of the six schools at Stevenson. Classes that have been offered include sections of marketing, business communication, film and moving image, law, psychology, religion, education and environmental science. “This year, there were over 40 service-learning courses offered with over 700 students enrolled,” said Moran. Each service-learning course works with a local community organization to combine service into the curriculum. For example, in past semesters psychology students enrolled in health psychology worked with community partners at a homeless shelter. The students developed a lesson plan for the shelter and taught exercise classes as well.
EXPERIENTIAL EXPO WILL FOCUS ON SERVICE-LEARNING INITIATIVES
To further promote the initiative, Moran and her team developed Stevenson’s first Experiential Expo on April 29, 2016. The event will showcase projects and experiential activities students have participated in during the last year. The Expo will be especially interesting for students who want to learn more about service-learning, community engagement, and other opportunities at Stevenson. Anyone can attend the free event.
Participating in service-learning provides students with a sense of civic responsibility, while allowing them to create connections with the community and enhance employment opportunities after graduation.
Interested students can follow Service at Stevenson on Facebook to learn more about service-learning at Stevenson.