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Welcome to Service-Learning at Purdue

Take charge. Make a difference. Through Purdue's Service-Learning programs, students can apply their classroom experiences to solve real-world problems in their communities. They "serve to learn" in order to "learn to serve." Now that’s what we call a win-win situation to move the world forward.

"You realize the whole world is connected. Service-Learning allows you to apply knowledge and build your confidence."

—Daphene Koch, Associate Professor of Building Construction Management Technology

What is Service-Learning?

Service-learning (SL) is a subset of service engagement and is defined at Purdue University as a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students:

  • Participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs
  • Use knowledge and skills directly related to a course or discipline
  • Reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain:
    • A further understanding of course content
    • A broader appreciation of the discipline
    • An enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibilities.


Dr. Lindsey Payne, Assistant Director, Service Learning, Center for Instructional Excellence

Dr. Payne is charged with coordinating service-learning programs and initiatives campus-wide. In this role, she provides support for course development and assessment, as well as serves as a conduit to connect faculty, students, and community partners in their service-learning pursuits. You may contact Dr. Payne at paynel@purdue.edu.


Coffee, Conversation, and Service-Learning Collaboration

The Center for Instructional Excellence hosts an informal “Coffee, Conversation, and Service-Learning Collaboration” group as opportunity to learn about resources available to faculty conducting service-learning course, and to also provide a platform for networking and sharing of best practices. Coffee is provided.


February 24th; March 23rd; April 20th

Location: KRAN, 2nd Floor, Corporate Study Room

Time:  8:00 AM – 9:00 AM


Community of Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program

The purpose of this fellowship program is to foster the development of academic service-learning assignments, courses, curricula, and projects by faculty. Fellows will be expected to commit themselves to a campus-wide service-learning leadership and mentorship role.


Purdue Journal of Service-Learning and International Engagement

A multi-disciplinary Open Access journal which is published annually and is available in print and online. This journal is dedicated to students who conduct projects with strong service-learning and academic civic engagement aspects.

PJSL Brochure 

Link to 2015 service learning calendar