Supporting service-learning courses and partnerships through education, faculty development programs, and student grants.

What is Service-Learning?

At Purdue University, service-learning is defined as a subset of service engagement and is a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students: a) participate in an organized service activity that meets community-identified needs; b) use knowledge and skills directly related to a course or discipline; and c) reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility.


Faculty development programming and resources to support the teaching of service-learning courses across Purdue’s campuses.


Resources to build and sustain reciprocal, community-based partnerships in service-learning courses.

Professional Development

Faculty development programming designed to foster service-learning pedagogy at Purdue and strengthen outcomes in communities.


Student grants for service-learning and engagement projects.

Stories & Events

Stories of exemplary service-learning at Purdue and the annual Engagement Summit.


Faculty, staff, and community partner awards for engagement excellence.


Dr. Jason Ware

Dr. Ware teaches HONR 39900: Well-Being, a community-based research and service-learning experience, at Purdue West Lafayette. Students in the course learn quality-of-life and well-being theory, and how to do research using these theories. Students apply what they learn as they serve community partners such as the City of Lafayette, the Faith Community Development Corporation, Food Finders Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, and the Edgelea Neighborhood Coalition.


Dr. SaraH LeBlanc

Dr. LeBlanc teaches COM 313: Health Communication at Purdue Fort Wayne. Students in her course learn how to critically assess public messages and initiatives about health using health communication theory. Students use this knowledge to act on localized health equity issues through service-learning projects with key stakeholders such as the Allen County Department of Health.


Dr. Christi EdeN

Dr. Christi Eden is the Director of Co-Curricular Engagement at the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue West Lafayette. Dr. Eden is also the founder and faculty advisor for Boiler Communication, Purdue West Lafayette’s student-run public relations firm. In her work, Dr. Eden facilitates reciprocal partnerships with nonprofit organizations and local businesses through the design and implementation of comprehensive communication campaigns to solve organizational problems.