Miami students petting a therapy dog on the Hanna House lawn

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.

Benefits of Service-Learning

Service-Learning (SL) has numerous benefits for faculty, students and community members. Faculty who utilize Service-Learning pedagogy find that it enlivens their teaching and learning, as well as re-energizes and connects them to other constituencies. SL also encourages faculty to work side-by-side with students, contributing their time, knowledge and talents so that both learn from each other.

Service-Learning is an essential tool in achieving the university’s mission of creating “engaged citizens who use their knowledge and skills with integrity and compassion to improve the future of our global society.

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.

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