​​​​​​​​​​​Office of Service & Community Engagement​

The Office of Service and Community Engagement links the University of Findlay to the local community through mutually beneficial service projects. We believe that the process known as Service-Learning will benefit the individual as well as the community in lasting ways.

In the 17-18 school year, University of Findlay provided 19,172 hours of service to our local, national, and international community. These hours represent group and individual co-curricular service, as well as academic service-learning.

The University of Findlay is a member of the Ohio Campus Compact and the National Campus Compact, an organization of more than 930 colleges and universities which promotes volunteer service ​that develops students' citizenship skills and values, encourages collaborative partnerships between campuses and communities, and assists faculty who seek to integrate publi​c and community engagement into their teaching and research.

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What is Service-Learning?

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Academic service-learning is a form of experiential education in which students participate in meaningful service to their communities while engaging in some sort of reflection related to the service and integrated into the curriculum. Students learn professional skills through their courses,​ and then have the opportunity to practice what they've learned in the local community. The circular loop of learning and service is connected through reflection, during which students c​ompare what they expected to happen and what truly happened in their real-world projects. This type of learning enhances students' critical learning skills, problem-solving skills, and the ability to interact with people who are different than themselves. 

​Service-Learning Courses at Findlay

  • Service-Learning Courses at Findlay

    College of Education

    EDUC 423: Assessment/Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties
    EDUC 515: The Art of Picture Books

    College of Health Professions

    GERN 425: Gerontology Ethics
    HEPR 150: Introduction to Health Professions
    NMED 487: Nuclear Medicine Capstone
    OCTH 321: Professional Relationships In Context
    PHTH 545: Lifespan Development
    PHTH 604: Neurotherapeutics
    PHTH 727: Neuromuscular System II
    PHTH 739: Selected Topics Advanced Pediatric

    College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

    ACAD 190: Experiencing the Liberal Arts First-Year Seminar
    ART 205: Introduction to Digital Design
    ART 250: Typography
    ART 305: Graphic Design
    ART 405: Advanced Graphic Design
    COMM 341: PR Campaigns
    RELI 101: Introduction to Religion

    College of Pharmacy

    PHAR 350: Introduction to Pharmacy I
    PHAR 492: Intermediate Pharmacy Practice Experience II
    PHAR 591: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience V

    College of Sciences

    ANSC 110: First-Year Experience for Animal Science Majors
    EQST 103: Introduction to Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies
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Service-Learning Benefits
Service-learning has numerous benefits for all constituencies involved: 

  • For Students
    Promotes critical thinking skills and the ability of students to apply concepts and theories to the “real world ”

    Develops a habit of critical reflection on their experiences, enabling them to learn more throughout life

    Deepens understanding of course materials

    Challenges stereotyped thinking and facilitates interracial understanding

    Strengthens students’ sense of civic duty and social responsibility

    Encourages commitment to addressing the underlying problems behind social issues

    Encourages understanding of problems in more complex ways and supports imaginative alternative solutions

    Allows students to explore possible career paths

    Develops relevant career-related skills

    Provides experience in group work and interpersonal communication

    Instills a sense of empowerment that enhances self-esteem

    Encourages curiosity and motivation to learn 
  • For Faculty
    Articulates the relationship between academic material and its applications

    Encourages the formation of close, interactive, mentoring relationships with students

    Provides an opportunity to be actively engaged and knowledgeable about community

    Highlights the direct consequences of teaching and scholarship for society

    Fosters the development of relationships between organizations and faculty

    Provides campus, community, state, regional and/or national recognition

    Enhances connections between research and teaching

    Creates new avenues for scholarship and publication

    Provides networking opportunities for colleagues across disciplines

    Increases student recruitment and retention to departments due to increased enthusiasm and engagement with coursework

    Fosters motivated teaching due to greater student interaction with subject matter

    Enhances and enriches teaching-innovative pedagogy

    Improves faculty/student interactions

    Opens avenues to new funding sources
  • For Community Partners
    Fosters the development of relationships between organizations and faculty

    Provides additional human resources agencies need to achieve mission and goals

    Creates a larger pool of experienced volunteers from which to recruit future participants and leaders 

    Allows organizations to play a role in educating and challenging student perceptions about current community issues

    Offers organizations the opportunity to identify and access university resources

    Forms partnerships that foster positive campus-community interactions

    Provides access to faculty experts and the next generation of experts

    Solves local problems in effective, creative ways

    Cultivates future generations of engaged citizens

    Encourages multi-generational and cross-cultural interactions

    Establishes cooperation and collaboration as values within the local culture

    Provides meaningful services to our community

    Creates opportunities for community agencies to participate in student learning

    Builds community awareness of college programs and services 
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