University of Vermont


13 New SL Faculty Fellows

We're delighted that 13 UVM faculty members—a record number—are part of this year's Faculty Fellows for Service-Learning program! Our multi-disciplinary faculty cohort, representing six schools & colleges, will explore the high-impact practice of service-learning, learn about SL pedagogy, meet with community partners, hear from experienced faculty and students, and develop a community-engaged component to their courses.


Office of Community-University Partnerships & Service Learning

The CUPS Office supports academic service-learning — also known as community-engaged learning — at the University of Vermont.

What is academic service-learning?

Service-learning is "a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs, together with structured opportunities for reflection designed to achieve desired learning outcomes" (Jacoby 1996, 2014).

Academic service-learning brings experiential learning into credit-bearing courses, so that students apply the skills of their disciplines to real-world problems to deepen their learning and to benefit community partners.

Service-learning can be:

  • Direct: with a client population off campus, e.g. tutoring, coaching, mentoring, taking crisis calls, counseling
  • Indirect: off campus but non-contact, e.g. sorting items at a food bank, creating a library, removing invasive species
  • Consultant model: providing specific services or deliverables, e.g. creating a website or business plan, writing a grant proposal, advocating for policy
  • Community-based research: a collaborative research partnership that engages community agents and organizations in research projects that address communitty identified issues
For examples of community-engaged learning at UVM, see our News & Stories column.