Welcome! My Name is Tracey Farr and as the PACE Faculty Fellow and the Academic Coordinator for Service Learning and an Assistant Professor, I am hopeful that this site will be a great resource for you. If you want to bookmark this page, I will be updating it regularly. We also have general information that is targeted to students and the community on our PSCC main web page found here: Service-Learning, Service-Learning website.
Tracey Farr, Academic Coordinator – Service Learning
PACE Fellow 2019-2021
BCT Assistant Professor
As a faculty member, Service-Learning starts with you. To keep our records accurate, please always register your course(s) each semester with the Service-Learning database under myPellissippi. It just takes a few minutes. Here’s quick start video to help you.
Students sometimes don’t know where to start when it comes to Service-Learning. For that reason, I have created a simple checklist for students to use:
PLUS, 2 helpful videos for you to use to help your students register for our Service-Corps and Record their Service Hours:
Step 1: Registration for Service Corps
Step 2: Reporting Service Hours
Here are 2 helpful partners with databases to assist your students with finding service opportunities:
Other helpful links:
Service-Learning Syllabi Samples
Are you interested in incorporating Service-Learning into your course, but need ideas on how to set it up? Here are examples of Syllabus supplements used to incorporate Service-Learning. Feel free to download and edit them.
- Biology class Service-Learning supplement
- English class Service-Learning supplement
- Spanish class Service-Learning supplement
- Speech class Service-Learning assignment
- Also see the November GIFTS that includes an explanation and supplemental materials used to incorporate Service-Learning into Spanish II
Library Articles and Books
Check out the selection of books and articles on Service-Learning curated by Pellissippi State Librarian, Instructor and Faculty Advisory Board member, Susan Martel.
- Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning, Feb. 10-12, 2019 in Franklin, TN
- IMPACT National Conference, Feb. 21-24, 2019 in Charlottesville, VA
- 9th Annual Service Engagement Summit, hosted by Indiana Campus Compact, Feb. 25-26, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN
- Eastern Region Campus Compact Bi-Annual Conference – Education for Democracy: Innovating in Complex Times, March 25-27, 2019 in Providence, RI
- Gulf-Coast Summit – Community Leadership: Educating the Next Generation, April 3-5, 2019 in Huntsville, TX
- National Societal for Experiential Education, Sept. 23-25, 2019 in St. Pete Beach, FL
Service Learning has a strong correlation with student success
Cindy Wawrzyniak, PACE Faculty Fellow 2017-2019, collected data from four sections of BIOL 1110 and two sections of SPAN 1010 to compare academic success between students who did Service-Learning and those who chose not to. The statistical analysis below was done by David Keyes, statistician on the Title III Grant, and Paula Sawyer, Math instructor.
Based on a two tailed t-test, the students who do Service-Learning perform statistically significantly better than students that do not do Service-Learning , (p<0.01). There is a strong correlation between academic success in BIOL 1110 and SPAN 1010 and Service-Learning.
Students that did Service-Learning average 81.8% of the total points in the course, (n=38).
Students who didn’t do Service-Learning average 57.3% of the total points in the course, (n=58).
Students that did Service-Learning average 77.0% of the total points in the course, (n=28).
Students that did not do Service-Learning average 57.3% of the total points in the course, (n=21).
Watch these three short interviews with a Service-Learning student, instructor and Service-Learning site.