Service Learning

Palomar College

For Faculty

Welcome Faculty, We love your involvement in Service Learning. We couldn’t do it without you!

This page includes information on:

1. How you can volunteer with our Community Partners  for PD Credit
Click Here for Directions on Faculty Engagement in Service Learning

2. How to include Service Learning into the course(s) you teach. (Information and Sample Assignment Directions listed below)

Information for Professors Who Are Interested In Incorporating Service Learning into their Courses

The Service Learning Department is here to help you get started with Service Learning and to support you in making it as successful part of your classes. 

Please read the information below and contact us by email to request individualized information and support.

1.  Browse our List Community Partners page  to see agencies and organizations where your students could possibly serve. There are lists by topic/interest and a list of special events that can make great on-time service projects.  Note, arrangements can also be made to have students serve at agencies and organizations not on this list (we love to add to our list… it just keeps growing!).

2. Brainstorm how Service Learning would benefit your class. What real life experiences would benefit your students? How could interacting in the community help them better learn course material? How might working hands-on motivate them to want to learn more, and succeed? Not sure? Contact the Service Learning department. We will brainstorm with you.

3. Connect Service Learning work to your course. This could be done simply by making a Service Learning experience extra credit. Another option is to make it a choice (write a 10-page research paper or complete 10 hours of service learning and reflect on the experience).  Or, it could be a part of a larger assignment in your course. Not sure? See some examples of how faculty are using service learning below, or contact the Service Learning department.

4. Please direct all students to the  Info for Students page where they will find Directions for Service Learning in 11 Easy Steps! ALL service learning students MUST fill out the Agreement form, Liability form, and  Online Registration Form for Service Learning  before beginning service. All forms can be turned in to the professor. Please hold onto them until the end of the semester.

5. Require that once a student has completed their Service Learning hours that they complete the Online Completion Form for Service Learning. (This enables us to log student service hours and show the impact Palomar College Students are making in our community!)

6. After service is complete, collect students’ Time Sheets, and Student Performance Evaluation Forms. Turn in these forms, as well as the Agreement and Liability forms to the Service Learning Department at the end of the semester.

7. Did you have any students who shined in their Service Learning experience? Please nominate them for the Excellence in Service Learning Award and scholarship by filling out the Nomination for Excellence in Service Learning Form. Faculty or supervisors at the Service Learning sites may nominate students.
We always like to hear about students’ service learning experiences. With student permission, please share any memorable quotes or portions of a student’s reflection paper with us! Email Service Learning Associate Gina Wilson,

*Some professors take their class on a group Service Learning Project during class time. This can be a great learning experience and promote meaningful class discussion! Please have students fill out all of the paperwork and Service Learning steps listed. If the professor is present, the professor can sign the agreement form and time sheet. Professors will also need to fill out the Palomar College Single-Day Field Trip Authorization Request Form 

We are here to help you!
If you are interested in discussing partnerships with community agencies for your service learning course, we can suggest some agencies that could meet the goals and objectives of your course. If you have suggestions or a need for students to serve in a specific capacity, please let us know and we will work to find volunteer experiences that are relevant to your coursework.

Would you like to have a quick service learning orientation in your class for your students? Please let us know!

Contact Information:

Service Learning Coordinator: Laurel Anderson, PhD
Office: MD 361
760.744.1150 x5528 

Service Learning Office Location- MD 271
attended by Service Learning Associate, Gina Wilson

760. 744-1150 ext. 3734 OR if no answer, please contact Laurel Anderson at x5528


Ideas for Combining Service and Learning

Examples of Assignments:

CHDV 145 – Directions for Service Learning 

PSYC/SOC 205 – Directions for Service Learning Assignment Integrating Research

Service Learning Directions for Extra Credit Example

Directions for Writing Field Notes for Service Learning

Ideas for Creating Reflection Assignments for Service Learning 

Sample of Student Reflections

Example Assignment Directions as Microsoft Word working documents:

Directions for Service Learning as a requirement in CHDV 115 fall-16-service-learning-guidelines

Directions for Service Learning as an extra credit option in CHDV 120 extra-credit-assignment-options

Feedback from Professors Using Service Learning

“This past semester, I incorporated Service Learning into my class, and guided 18 students to volunteer in the community through Service Learning.

My students collectively completed 322 hours. That is 322 hours of service in  the community that would not have otherwise happened. While the students learned and grew from the experience, children received extra guidance and care, the homeless received extra warm smiles, teachers got to breathe with a second set of hands and eyes present.

As a professor of Service Learning,  I am no longer “just one person” trying to make a difference in our community. I open the gates to make way for things bigger than myself to happen.” – Associate Professor at Palomar College