Academic Service-Learning

Knowledge in Action

Community-engaged Teaching and Research

"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." - Corporation for National and Community Service

Center staff offer resources and support to faculty and student leaders implementing service-learning into their courses and programs. From course development to the Service-Learning Scholars, the Center works to enhance and grow GW service-learning in the District and around the world. In addition, the Center works to highlight the Engaged Scholarship of faculty and students.

GW offers more than 70 service-learning classes, from introductory courses to capstones, that extend classroom learning into the community through meaningful, challenging service.

Contact us at  gwsl@gwu.edu.


Call for Proposals: Academic Service-Learning Development Funds

The Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service announces a funds competition to support the development of service-learning courses; community-based research, professional development and training, and engaged departments in service-learning and civic engagement at GW. The Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service defines service-learning as an educational experience based upon a collaborative partnership between the university and the community that enables students to apply academic knowledge and critical thinking skills to meet genuine community needs.

The purpose of these awards is to promote the planning and institutionalization of new service-learning and academic civic engagement opportunities that are consistent with the University strategic plan. Faculty members are strongly encouraged to consult the Center’s staff in order to develop meaningful, reciprocal opportunities that will create sustainable relationships and meet genuine needs.

Faculty members whose service-learning courses are selected for funding will participate in ongoing training, professional development activities, and an end-of-the-semester Symposium featuring their students’ service-learning work. In addition, faculty will share the end-products of their course—syllabus, assignments, and project outcomes—with the Center for future faculty development. Similarly, any research products or publications will be shared with the Center for dissemination.

Funds are available to support the development of service-learning and civic engagement opportunities at GW. The Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service is offering funds for:

  • Efforts to engage entire departments in curricular service engagement and community-based research
  • Activities that promote individual and group professional development in the area of civic engagement
  • Development of individual  academic service-learning courses
  • Support semester academic service-learning activities
  • Community-Based Participatory Research

For more information contact: Maurice Smith, smithml@gwu.edu

A Culture of Service

Members of the GW Community including students, faculty and alumni speak on how GW helped shape their experiences in public service.