Academic Service-Learning

"Service-learning is the various pedagogies that link community service and academic study so that each strengthens the other. The basic theory of service-learning is Dewey's: The interaction of knowledge and skills with experience is key to learning. Students learn best not by reading the Great Books in a closed room but by opening the doors and windows of experience. Learning starts with a problem and continues with the application of increasingly complex ideas and increasingly sophisticated skills to increasingly complicated problems."

- Thomas Ehrlich, from "Barbara Jacoby and Associates. Service-Learning in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices." San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass 1996.


Watch this video showcasing two service-learning projects implemented in Teach for America Corps members' schools. The projects were a part of the SEC 592 seminar taught at NLU.


Meet the NLU Service-Learning Team.

Contact these faculty members for help with service-learning inclusion in your courses, questions regarding service-learning pedagogy, and to volunteer as a team member to advance service-learning involvement throughout NLU.

  • Larissa Garcia, Library
  • Karen Koch, CPSA
  • Todd Price, NCE
  • Virginia Jagla, NCE
  • Antonina Lukenchuk, NCE
  • Karen Roth, NCE
  • Susan Kerstein, CPSA
  • Danielle Laban, Student Experience
  • Barbara Scheidt, CPSA
  • Marie Nelson, NCE
  • Judah Viola, CPSA

Service-Learning Faculty Manual

Need an introduction to service-learning? Having trouble defining a service-learning project for your class? The Service-Learning team has compiled this Service-Learning Faculty Manual to guide professors of any curriculum to utilize service-learning in their courses:

Illinois Campus Compact (ILCC)

Campus Compact is a national organization with representation in 32 states that supports service-learning in higher education. Visit their website at NLU is a member of the Illinois Campus Compact. Visit their website at Here is a list of syllabi with service-learning inclusion by discipline. The Service-Learning Team frequently hosts workshops and other events as a resource for NLU faculty members. See events page for a list of upcoming events. 

Service-Learning Resources


Research, Assessment, and Evaluation

NLU Faculty

If you are already utilizing service-learning and want to let us know, or to find out ways you can utilize service learning in your classroom, please fill out the form found here and we will contact you.

Partial List of Service-Learning
Courses Available @ NLU

NLU faculty syllabi with service-learning assignments.

National College of Education


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