"Service-learning is a particularly fertile way of involving young people in community service, because it ties helping others to what they are learning in the classroom. It enables them to apply academic disciplines to practical, everyday problems. In the process, it provides a compelling answer to the adolescent's perennial question, 'Why do I need to learn this stuff?'" - Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State
Service learning provides students with opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom to "real world" issues in the community. It can be structured in many ways, but most often takes the form of a collaborative, closed-ended project in which individuals, groups or entire classes have the opportunity to demonstrate and relate what they are learning in a way that helps others. Well-designed service-learning projects ensure a balance between student learning and the needs addressed by service sites, to make sure that both are considered in any projects they create.
Service learning, by definition has three primary components:
Addresses a real and compelling issue or problem.
Apply skills learned in an academic setting, and that are connected to an academic course.
Uses purposeful reflection to help students understand what they are learning, the context in which the social issue they are addressing exists and how a society might best approach this issue.
By participating in service learning, students should:
Demonstrate an increased commitment to the class project because the outcomes are not only theoretical, but impact the lives of real people.
Increase their commitment to serving others by better understanding the impact of their services on the issues that people are facing.
Gain critical thinking skills through high impact learning that maximizes both practical and theoretical elements. Studies suggest that this sort of praxis can improve not only information recall but also the ability to apply the information gained from the course content to complex issues and problems.
Interested faculty and staff must submit an application to Jamie Bouldin, Assistant Director for Leadership and Service, at email@example.com by the listed deadline. If the application is submitted early, the Student Affairs Programs staff can often provide feedback and advice for suggested revisions.
We encourage faculty and staff to check back on this website each semester for the most up-to-date application, as modifications are often made to the application based on feedback from grant recipients. The proposed project needs to be implemented during the following semester and should adhere closely to our definition of a service learning project. Grant recipients must work with the Office of Student Affairs Programs for funds allocation and should not spend money without consulting our administrative assistant first. Funds that go unused are returned to the Office of Student Affairs Programs account. Recipients are required to fill out a final report assessment through Campus Labs at the conclusion of the project. Grant recipients may be asked to present the results of their project at a later date.
The deadline for submitting this proposal is 5 p.m. Friday, April 26 either through email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via campus mail at P.O. Box 13021.
The Office of Leadership and Service has built relationships with many local community agencies that utilize student volunteers. There is a great need in the Nacogdoches community for volunteers and SFA students help fill most of this need!
All of these agencies have service opportunities available for SFA students and potential opportunities for service learning project partnerships.
- American Red Cross
- Boys and Girls Club of Deep East Texas
- Community Rx Help
- Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
- Encourager Program
- Family Crisis Center (formerly the Women's Shelter of Deep East Texas)
- Girl Scouts (San Jacinto Council)
- Goodwill Industries (Goodwill GoodGuides)
- Habitat for Humanity
- Health Horizons of East Texas
- Helping House
- Love Inc. (In the Name of Christ)
- Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful
- Main Street Program - City of Nacogdoches
- Nacogdoches County Aging Committee
- Nacogdoches County Child Welfare Board
- Nacogdoches Treatment Center
- O'Malley Alley Cats
- Salvation Army
- Solid Foundation Association
In 2010-2011, the Teaching Excellence Center and the Service Learning Advisory Board awarded the first-ever Teaching Excellence Award for Service Learning. The Teaching Excellence Center and the Service Learning Advisory Board are pleased to announce the nomination period for the Teaching Excellence Award for Service Learning.
One faculty member from each college shall be recognized for outstanding use and implementation of a service learning component in a class or classes. In addition, one faculty member will be chosen university-wide for excellence in utilizing service learning. This faculty member will be recognized at the annual Teaching Excellence Awards on Wednesday, April 17. The Service Learning Advisory Board will determine the recipient from each college as well as the university-wide recipient.
Candidates for the award must be current full-time employees of Stephen F. Austin State University with a minimum of 50 percent of their contractual work load devoted to classroom teaching. Candidates may self-nominate for this award.
We are no longer taking award applications for the 2012-2013 year. The application process will reopen in Spring 2014.
SFA hosts East Texas Regional Service Learning ConferenceOn May 18, 2011, SFA hosted the first-ever East Texas Regional Service Learning Conference, funded through a grant from Texas Campus Compact. The conference featured sessions focusing on developing and implementing service learning across various disciplines. Dr. Adam Peck, Dean of Student Affairs, provided the keynote and facilitated a roundtable discussion on assessing service learning. Jamie Bouldin, Assistant Director for Leadership and Service, served on the planning committee and presented a session on enhancing learning through Alternative Spring Break programs. Forty-four people from 13 universities and community colleges took part in this event.
Presenters have provided their presentation materials online so that anyone unable to attend the conference or their particular session may still take advantage of the information. Please click the link below to access these materials!
The Office of Student Affairs is committed to providing support for students with disabilities. If you are a student who needs an accommodation to attend or participate in one of our events or student organizations you are encouraged to stop by room 325 in the Human Services Building to make your request. You may also call us at (936) 468-3004, TDD: (936) 468-1004.
If you have an accommodation request please see us as soon as possible, so we can make any arrangements necessary. No accommodations can be provided until a request has been made through the Office of Disability Services. To the greatest extent possible, the Office of Student Affairs, shall observe confidentiality with respect to any request for accommodation.
Students who feel they have not been accommodated appropriately can appeal that decision utilizing the university appeals process. That process can be found at: http://www.sfasu.edu/policies/appeal_proc_rel_stu_disab.asp