Service-Learning Resources for faculty


Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning
Trinity Hall
Geneva, NY 14456

Phone: (315) 781-3825
CCESL Lending Library

Engaged Scholarship

Defining Service Learning

What do quality partnerships look like

Brainstorming, Idea Sharing

Integrating service learning into course objectives

Community Partners

Resources To Support Learning

Assessment/Evaluation of Service Learning

Social Justice Resources

Global Service Learning

Podcasts and Blogs

HWS Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni/Partner Publications

Publishing Outlets for Service Learning and Community-Based Research

Community Development

National organizations that support community engaged work

Things to Know About Service Learning at HWS

Support for service learning and community based research is coordinated through the Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning, located on the 2nd floor of Trinity Hall.

      • Mission Statement: The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) stands for learning through service that produces students who are civically engaged and graduates who are active, global citizens.
      • Vision Statement: CCESL is committed to a sustained, engaged relationship with the community through the Geneva Partnership that promotes positive community change and enhanced student learning.
      • The term “community based learning” encompasses both service learning and community based research opportunities, share features but also differ in important and nuanced ways

We collaborate intentionally and collaboratively with our community partners, striving for reciprocity and shared accountability.

      • CCESL staff will meet with professors to share resources on opportunities for collaboration and provide contact information for community and non-profit agency leaders
      • CCESL staff will offer a student orientation to Geneva and the pedagogy of service learning, which can supplement the syllabus with the who/what/why of the value of engaging meaningfully and respectfully with community members
      • CCESL staff utilize HWS Collegiate Link to assist with the coordination of service learning including, transportation/carpooling, volunteer application and related paperwork for host agencies, recording hours, and feedback from community partners on student performance.
      • CCESL staff facilitates the service learning scorecard at the conclusion of each semester to gather feedback from students on their experience with service learning; course-specific feedback is shared with the instructor only.
      • We can recruit, train, and support a service learning colleague (student leadership position) to assist with in class discussion, site visits, and distribution/collection of important paperwork

Good to know!

      • Service learning classes have a “SLC” designation in the course catalogue, which also appears on student transcripts.
      • Approximately 20% of our students are enrolled in at least one SLC annually, and work with community partners.
      • CCESL’s “faculty service learning resource” page has links to sample syllabi, reflection exercises, assessment strategies, and a link to our Center’s resources which are available for lending

CCESL staff co-facilitate the Service Learning Advisory Council, a steering committee consisting of faculty, staff, students, and community partners that meets monthly. Katie Flowers also facilitates the Community Advisory Council which strives to maintain healthy communication between HWS and community members who host students for volunteer and service learning opportunities.

Service Learning Advisory Council

The Service Learning Advisory Council (SLAC) supports the work of community engagement at Hobart & William Smith Colleges through discussion and review of programs that advance the teaching and scholarship of engagement, including initiatives for curricular and faculty development and assessment tools. This group of faculty and staff, with student and community partner representatives, works with the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning to plan and implement engaged learning programs and events such as service learning workshops, engaged scholarship initiatives, invited speakers, and Friday Faculty lunch presentations; provides oversight and feedback on the Community-Based Learning (CBL) Scorecard, our service learning assessment instrument; manages the annual selection of the HWS Civically Engaged Faculty Award, the Community Partner of the Year Award, and Compass Award for Outstanding Engaged Student Scholarship; and generally provides vision and advice to foster and strengthen the engagement of Hobart and William Smith Colleges with the many communities of which it is part in mutually beneficial partnerships of learning, service, and research.

Archived Service-Learning Advisory Council Reports

Visiting Leaders