Faculty member speaks to visitors at research symposium

Community-Engaged Learning

Community-engaged learning and service-learning at Buffalo State are driven by faculty who choose to incorporate a community-based learning project into a course that provides students with hands-on opportunities to learn course content while engaging with local communities.

Campus Connection

Faculty who are interested in incorporating service-learning into their classes will be provided with any of the following services:

  • assistance in identifying and designing relevant community-based projects
  • support for syllabus creation and alterations
  • assisting with course conversion and service-learning course designation process 
  • developing partnerships with community partner agencies, as well as providing community organization contact information
  • assistance with coordinating and facilitating faculty and community organization meetings
  • ongoing communication with community organizations throughout the semester
  • coordinating student schedules and assisting students with logistical arrangements
  • problem-solving and troubleshooting issues that arise
  • offering student and community partner assessment opportunities to help determine the effectiveness of the service-learning component of your course
  • faculty training on service-learning pedagogy and implementation and other professional development opportunities
  • identifying resources (articles, books, reflection activity examples) such as our resource library, professional development opportunities and training, new facilitation of the service-learning course designation process, forms, documentation, and assessment and evaluation tools
  • networking with Buffalo State College service-learning faculty members and faculty members at other regional institutions through the Western New York Service-Learning Coalition
  • recognizing faculty and students who have demonstrated excellence in service-learning at the annual Celebration of Community Engagement