Community Learning & Research

Service Learning

Service learning is a pedagogically structured learning experience that combines academic coursework and community service to provide students with the opportunities to transfer the skills taught in the classroom to the “real” world.

Ideally, students work with community partners to identify strengths and areas of need, develop and implement projects that enhance those strengths or that meet identified needs, and then reflect on the value of the experience for the community and themselves. The community service office is your resource for implementing service-learning into your curriculum. The CSO can also assist in monitoring student progress. Please contact the community service coordinator for more information.


These organizations offer opportunities and/or information outside of the Wilkes University Office of Civic Engagement.

  • Acting Locally: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Environmental Studies, Harold Ward, ed.

  • The Practice of Change: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Women's Studies , Barbara J. Balliet and Kerrissa Hefferman, eds.

  • Life, Learning and Community: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Biology , David C. Brubaker and Joel H. Ostroff, eds.

  • Working for the Common Good: Concepts and Models for Service-Leaning in Management , Paul C. Godfreey and Edward T. Grasso, eds.

  • Service-Learning in Higher Education, Barbara Jacoby and Associates, Jossey-Bass, 1996

  • Where's the Learning in Service-Learning, Janet Eyler and Dwight E. Giles, Jr. Jossey-Bass, 1999

  • Successful Service-Learning Programs: New Models of Excellence in Higher Education , Edward Zlotkowski, ed., Anker Publishing, 1998

  • Combining Service and Learning: A Resource Book for Community and Public Service - Vols. I and II , Jane C. Kendall and Associates, National Society for Internships and Experiential Education, 1990