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Brian Smentkowski, Director Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning & Service Learning

Physical Address:

Education Bldg.
Suite 220

Mailing Address:

875 Perimeter Drive MS3080
Moscow, ID 83844-3080

Phone: 208-885-0968

Email: servicelearning@uidaho.edu

Service Learning

Service Learning - Teaching, Scholarship, Service - Innovation through Collaboration
University of Idaho Service Learning

What is Service-Learning?

At the University of Idaho, service learning is more than a teaching strategy that integrates course content with community service; it is the cornerstone of our institutional mission to engage learning, scholarship, and service locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. Our program fosters deeply enriching learning experiences that facilitate a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources among a diverse array of community partners.

Consistent with the New England Resource Center for Higher Education's (NERCHE) standard, we couple "...university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good." Our mission is to provide "outreach that inspires innovation" and we do this by designing opportunities for University of Idaho students and faculty to engage in meaningful and sustainable local-to-global service learning experiences that advance knowledge, enrich learning, and improve the lives of our citizens.

Teaching, Learning, Service, and Scholarship 

"...the academy must become a more vigorous partner in the search for answers to our most pressing social, civic, economic and moral problems, and must reaffirm its historic commitment to what I call the scholarship of engagement." - Ernest Boyer, 1996, The Scholarship of Engagement, Journal of Public Service & Outreach, 1(1), 11-20

Research is central to our efforts to promote the greater good, and the Center supports and facilitates partnerships that address and solve complex social and global issues. Faculty and community partners routinely serve as co-educators, providing differentiating experiences for our students. Increasingly, we also serve as co-authors, advancing knowledge and innovation through our scholarship. In this way, we seek not only to solve problems through collaboration, but to generate and disseminate new methods to do so as well.

To learn more about service learning at the University of Idaho, please contact servicelearning@uidaho.edu or follow these links to find information specifically for Students, Faculty, or Community Partners. Please visit our Resources page for more information about service learning events, opportunities, affiliations and materials.


Services

  • In-person training and professional development workshops
  • Course-specific support
  • Tracking of service-learning courses, activities, and hours
  • Expert consultation on the design, execution, and assessment of significant service learning experiences
  • Cultivating mutually beneficial relationships with community partners, locally, nationally and globally
  • Research and scholarship: support for Engaged Scholarship and the Scholarship of Engagement
1,946 students enrolled, 104 courses, 63,877 student hours, 78 instructors, 3,472 instructor hours, 87 community partners
Service Learning at a glance

Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 24, 2021

This year’s event will be held April 24. Saturday of Service has been providing Vandal students opportunities to give back to their community since 2000. The 2nd largest day of local service, this year’s event will offer in-person and virtual opportunities. Learn more by clicking the registration link below.

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

The University of Idaho’s 1st annual Celebration of Collaboration will be held 3-5 p.m., Thursday, May 6 via Zoom. Please join us in celebrating faculty, students, staff and community partners who improve the learning and lives of our students through community engaged teaching, learning, service and scholarship.

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Brian Smentkowski, Director Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning & Service Learning

Physical Address:

Education Bldg.
Suite 220

Mailing Address:

875 Perimeter Drive MS3080
Moscow, ID 83844-3080

Phone: 208-885-0968

Email: servicelearning@uidaho.edu

Brian Smentkowski, Director Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning & Service Learning

Physical Address:

Education Bldg.
Suite 220

Mailing Address:

875 Perimeter Drive MS3080
Moscow, ID 83844-3080

Phone: 208-885-0968

Email: servicelearning@uidaho.edu