Service Learning


A Roundtable Discussion on Spirituality and Service

Wednesday, March 26 from 1-3 pm
Ground Fl Reading room, Frederick E. Berry Library

This event will include a panel discussion compiled of faculty, community
and student speakers who will…

  • Discuss the opportunity for spiritual development in college
  • Explore the relationship between service, civic engagement and spirituality
  • Highlight the personal philosophies of great, historical leaders who have impacted society through service

All members of the Salem State University community are welcome to attend.
Light refreshments will be served


Service-Learning Institute

Tuesday, May 27, 9 am-3 pm Presidential, ECC
Wednesday, May 28, 9 am-3 pm, MLK, ECC
Thursday, May 29, 9 am-3 pm, MLK, ECC
Friday, May 30, 9 am-3 pm, MLK, ECC
Thursday, June 19, 9 am-1 pm, Presidential

We are excited to announce the annual Service- Learning (S-L) Institute. This year the institute will run consecutively through Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, May 30 from 9 am to 3 pm. In addition, there will be a follow up meeting on Thursday, June 19 from 9am to 1pm in order to allow for reflection and course building between the initial meetings. Faculty members who complete the institute and submit a service-learning syllabus by August 31 will be eligible for $500 in seed money for their S-L course or towards a conference on Service-Learning in AY2014-2015. See Marc Boots-Ebenfield for details.

Institute will include sessions on…

  • Concepts of Service-Learning: Intro to Service-Learning; Exemplar SSU S-L Courses; Social Justice
  • Planning Service-Learning: Supported Work Time on building S-L Syllabi, Discipline-Specific S-L projects, Creating a Memorandum of Understanding with Community Partners; Supported Work Time
  • Fostering Community Relationships: Building Community Partnerships, Meet and Greet with Local Community Organizations
  • The Service-Learning Experience: Community Service Event (TBA) with Preflection and Reflection Activities, Understanding the Student Experience
  • Reflection and Assessment: Building Assessment with Community Partners; Assessing Learning Outcomes and Impact on the Community; Supported Work Time

Each day will consist of a discussion of best practices with exemplars of specific elements of Service-Learning Pedagogy followed by supported work time and discussion with peers. Lunch and coffee breaks included. Participants will be asked to work on a specific course and advance its development between group meetings.  

Please call the S-L team at 978.542.2545 with questions.  

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What is Service-Learning?

Service-learning at Salem State is a teaching methodology in which students learn through thoughtfully organized service and structured reflection tied directly to academic objectives. Service activities, conducted with and meeting the needs of a community partner, foster civic responsibility and deepen academic understanding.

Service-learning courses are beneficial to everyone involved. Community partners benefit form the creativity and new level of energy that students and faculty bring to their organization in a sustainable way that often allows for more in-depth projects than a singular volunteer opportunity.

For more information on how you can get involved with service learning at Salem State, click on the appropriate link below.

The Service-Learning Team

The service-learning team at Salem State University is here to help both faculty and community partners interested in service-learning opportunities. Our team will work through the Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI) to provide tutorials, workshops and guidance.

The service-learning team consists of:

  • Marc Boots-Ebenfield, PhD, director, Center for Teaching Innovation
  • Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello, PhD, faculty fellow for service-learning; associate professor, interdisciplinary studies
  • Rachel Seavey, graduate intern

They can be found in the CTI, Meier Hall, room 115, and reached at or 978.542.2545.

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