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Miami University defines Service-Learning as “an experiential pedagogical practice that uses action and reflection to meet needs and enhance learning through mutually beneficial, reciprocal partnerships." This practice infuses course content with community service. As a result, Miami students are able to gain real world skills and enhance their learning while contributing to the community.

The Wilks Institute is available to provide support for instructors who are teaching, or planning to teach a course with a service learning designation in the following ways:

  • Development of service learning orientation, reflections, and assessment strategies that enhance the impact of community engaged learning on the student experience
  • Consulting on syllabus development, course design, and perceived barriers to course development
  • Support with initiating and developing community partnerships
  • Connection to professional development opportunities including workshops, trainings, mentoring and learning communities

Promotion and Tenure

In 2012, Miami University Senate adopted new language to the MUPIM (Section 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 of the Promotion and Tenure Guidelines, page 3) that acknowledges Service-Learning in all three areas – teaching, research and service.