Service learning is a means to teach problem solving skills, it assist students in learning more about themselves and their capacities, it fosters collaborative learning and civic responsibility while it enhances relationships between an educational institution and the surrounding community. Definitions abound but the informed movement toward an expansion of service learning on the MSU-Bozeman campus is based on the following ideas: "Students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service that is conducted in and meets the needs of the community. It is integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum and includes structured time for the students and participants to reflect on the service experience." (Corporation for National Service, 1994, 12) This teaching technique positively influences student learning of course material and has proven to be an effective vehicle for the holistic development of students.

Committee Members

AY 18-19 Membership; Updated Sept 2018

The Center for Faculty Excellence welcomes the Service Learning Advisory Committee to our group. Members to date are listed below. The committee plans to add members during the semester and is in charge of the Service Learning Award. More information will be posted  as it becomes available. 


Rebekah VanWieren Chair Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology
Florence Dunkel Member  Entomology 
Marvin Lansverk Member   English
Laura Larsson Member   College of Nursing
Christa Merzdorf Member  Cell Biology & Neuroscience
Christopher Livingston Member  Architecture
Ralph Johnson Member  Architecture
Paul Gannon Member   Engineering
Chris Allen Member  Civil Engineering
Eric Van Steenburg Member  JJCBE
Mandy St Aubyn Member  Office of Student Engagement
Bri Cronin  Member  Gallatin Valley Food Bank, HRDC