Service learning news

Spring 2015

Nominees needed for Service Learning Mentor of the Year

The Service Learning Mentor of the Year Award is given annually to a faculty member who actively embraces Service Learning, an experiential learning pedagogy that encourages students to utilize the skills and knowledge of their discipline to meet a need in the community.

Faculty, staff and students are welcome to submit nominations.

Download this form (which contains both the guidelines and nomination form) and submit nominations to Lisa Bucy ( by March 31. This year's honoree will be selected by April 3 and recognized at the MSU Faculty Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 16.

Previous honorees:

  • 2014: Dr. Bob Long
  • 2012: Dr. Duane Bolin
  • 2011: Dr. Robin Zhang
  • 2010: Dr. Bommanna Loganathan
  • 2009: Mr. Mike Gowan
  • 2008: Dr. Kelly Rogers
  • 2007: Dr. Howard Whiteman

IUPUI Research Academy on Service Learning (May 13-15)

Instructors interested in doing a research project related to service learning have the opportunity to attend the IUPUI Research Academy that aims to advance engaged scholarship. The conference is from May 13-15 in Indianapolis.

One of our faculty members is already slated to attend. I have professional development funding available for up to 2 additional faculty members who wish to attend this conference this year.

Your post-conference obligation will be to teach or co-lead a faculty development workshop during the 2015-16 academic year.

More information is available from the conference website.

If you are interested, please email me and let me know what type of project you would like to pursue. Deadline is March 31.

Golden Key Fellowship for faculty development

The Golden Key Fellowship Program promotes experiential education at Murray State by providing faculty and staff an opportunity to obtain additional training in experiential education and to share new knowledge with the campus community through presentations and the creation or enhancement of an ERA for students.

You can apply for funding for the 2015-16 academic year below:

Deadline to apply is April 15.

Apply for Service Learning course designation

If you have a new or existing course that you would like to be designated as service learning, the deadline to submit for approval is April 15.

This process involves filling out an application form that is reviewed and approved by an advisory board. If approved, faculty can inform the registrar to include the Service Learning designation in subsequent semesters (an S in the course section).

If you are interested in implementing service learning in an existing course or developing a new course, contact university service learning coordinator Elizabeth Price at or (270) 809-3530. Additional resources can be found online at

If a colleague has expressed interest in teaching a service learning course, please encourage them to come to my workshop in April.

  • Title: What is service learning?

  • When: Thurs., April 23 from 12:30-1:30 pm

  • Where: Waterfield Library Classroom 210

  • Instructor: Elizabeth Price, University Service Learning Coordinator

  • Workshop description: Service learning, in which field-based experience with community partners is integrated into the course curriculum, is a high-impact educational practice (Kuh, 2008). Workshop attendees will learn about service learning as a course framework, review examples of successful service learning courses, and brainstorm ideas about how to incorporate this practice into their own teaching. The process for teaching a service learning course at Murray State will be discussed.

  • Register: You can register to attend using this online form.

  • Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches. I will provide dessert.

Books to add to Waterfield Library

The QEP committee has agreed to fund a one-time purchase of new books or DVDs that discuss experiential learning implementation, best practices or research/scholarship.

If there are new titles on service learning, internships, or study abroad that you would like to see added, please send them to me by March 31. An email with the link would be perfect.

Service learning coordinator

Elizabeth Price

Research & Instruction Librarian/Assistant Professor
Liaison to the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business