ERIC Number: ED394377
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Bridging Two Worlds: Professional Service and Service Learning.
Hirsch, Deborah; Lynton, Ernest
This essay argues that proponents of service learning and faculty professional service should join forces to pursue a common agenda of community outreach. It maintains that at a time when colleges and universities are being urged to help solve society's problems, the faculty represents a virtually untapped resource. The current system of promotion and tenure stands as an impediment to faculty involvement in community outreach, however, and institutions need to be able to deploy departments, divisions, interdisciplinary centers, and institutes to work on community problems. The essay concludes that faculty professional service is the bridge that links the realm of service and experiential learning with proponents of rethinking scholarship and faculty roles. Widespread acceptance of experiential learning as well as faculty service and outreach will both flourish when they are recognized as two essential, mutually reinforcing facets of an institutional commitment to link theory and practice, campus and community. (MDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Boston. New England Resource Center for Higher Education.