What is Service Learning?

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.


 Updated October 2020

Name Position Department
Rebekah VanWieren Chair Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology
Melody Anacker Member Health & Human Development
Florence Dunkel Member  Entomology 
Susan Gallagher Member Western Transportation Institute
Ada Giusti Member Modern Languages
Ralph Johnson Member  Architecture
Molly Lammers Member  Office of Student Engagement
Marvin Lansverk Member  English
Bernadette McCrory Member Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering
Christa Merzdorf Member Microbiology & Immunology
Joey Morrison Member  VOICE Center
Eric Van Steenburg Member Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship