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
  • Cindy Vincent, faculty fellow for service-learning; assistant professor, communications

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

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