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A Message to Faculty, Staff, Students, Community Partners, Visitors, and Friends:

Thank you for visiting Teaching & Learning Innovation’s service-learning initiative on the web!

We facilitate service-learning partnerships across a multitude of academic disciplines and community sectors. We do this by supporting faculty in the design of quality, reciprocal service-learning courses that help “move the needle” on issues affecting our local, state, national, and global communities.

For example, our renowned Smart Communities Initiative program has engaged service-learning with local government partners across the state, helping to mobilize local and regional partners to address challenges such as:

  • how the City of Cleveland, TN can leverage immense population growth toward a future of greater economic, environmental, and social vitality
  • strategies for Lenoir City to grow sustainable tourism
  • and how our state’s rich water resources impact the local economies across the Southeast TN Development District.

Whether you are a faculty member, student, or non-profit or public-sector organization, this site includes a wealth of resources for those currently involved in or interested in service-learning. I hope that you will take time to browse our site, consider the nature and impacts of service-learning work, and contact us to become a part of the growing network of citizens, scholars, and professionals creating positive change through service-learning and engaged research.

We look forward to hearing from you. 

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Kelly Ellenburg, Director of Service-Learning | Smart Communities Initiative

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Find out the Steps for Planning & Implementing a Service-Learning Course here at UT!


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