Service Learning is a teaching methodology that utilizes community service as a means of helping students gain a deeper understanding of course objectives, acquire new knowledge, and engage in civic activity. In contrast, Community Service/Volunteerism is an experience that connects the student with the community to address a community need. The experience allows for the exchange of energy and knowledge between the student and the community, but does not apply to specific course content or clarify specific theoretical concepts.
At Bridgewater State University, Service Learning is supported and promoted through the activities of the Service Learning Faculty Associate, an Advisory Board of faculty and staff, the Community Service Center and its Director and staff, and information made available to all faculty through this website and other sources. Service Learning also benefits from a partnership with the Director of the Second-Year Seminars who is working to develop a set of writing- or speaking-intensive core courses for the new Bridgewater State University core curriculum.
We welcome your interest in Service Learning! Please contact the Faculty Associate Dr. David O'Malley, Assistant Professor of Social Work, if you have any questions.
Last Modified: May 15, 2012