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Academic Service Learning records

Identifier: 00.ASL

Scope and Contents

The Office of Academic Service-Learning records are divided into four series: Administrative Files, Grants and Programs, Faculty Fellowship Seminar, and Resource Library. The bulk of the collection is from the 2000s and do not document the earliest years of the program.

The Administrative Files series is organized into five subseries: Correspondence, Events, General, Minutes, and Publications and Press. Correspondence consists of incoming and outgoing emails of Dr. Dale Rice associated with the Office of AS-L. Events consist of materials related to events hosted or sponsored by the Office of AS-L, such as the Appreciation Breakfast and the Celebration of Partners events. General contains files pertaining to AS-L Dissemination and Learning Beyond the Class Room requests. Minutes contain meeting minutes and agendas from meetings associated with the Office of AS-L. Publications and Press include materials written and produced by the Office of Academic Service-Learning, templates and logos for letterhead and certificates and newspaper clippings pertaining to the program. Materials in this series have been arranged alphabetically.

The Grants and Programs series includes information about special programs like banquets and award ceremonies as well as several grants the Office applied for and received. These grants relate to funding for the AS-L Office on the whole, but also include grants related to specific programs. Grants covered in the subseries include Fund for Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE), Michigan Service Scholars, Venture, and other funding from the Department of Education. Programs include specific short-term programs implemented by the Office of AS-L. Some of these programs are recurring and crucial to the mission of the Office of AS-L. Others were one-time events and sometimes funded by a specific grant or occurred as a result of a specific need. The programs in this series include: “B-Side,” a major yearly program put on for youth entrepreneurs every year by the Office of AS-L; The Community Youth Mapping project for which there is one year of records; and the Center for Civic Engagement, an ongoing project. Materials in this series have arranged alphabetically.

The Faculty Fellow Seminar series contains information related to the Faculty Fellowship Seminar and is organized by semester and year. The Faculty Fellowship Seminar is a flagship program of the Office of AS-L and an integral part of the AS-L program at Eastern and it helps the office to integrate its mission and purpose into university curriculum.

The Resource Library series contains materials initially offered to visitors who visited the AS-L office and has been arrange alphabetically. Records in the series consist of Academic Service-Learning program information from University Partners, Course Development materials, Handouts, Instructional Materials, Manuals and Research related to AS-L.


  • Creation: 1999 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

Administrative History

The Office of Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) was founded in 1994 under the leadership of Dr. Dale Rice through a federally funded Learn and Serve grant. Learn and Serve grants help colleges fulfill their civic mission by supporting the development of courses, extracurricular programs, and faculty research designed to meet community needs and carry out partnerships with their surrounding communities.

Dr. Rice’s initial vision for the program centered on engaging college students in service and increasing their civic-mindedness. Currently, the Office of AS-L is one of the University’s most prominent and prolific areas for University and community programming.

Since 2006 the AS-L program at Eastern Michigan University has generated over $900,000 in grants and contracts. As a result, more than 10,000 Eastern Michigan University students have been engaged in a community service experience through an academic service-learning course. On average, faculty integrate approximately 10 hours of service per student, providing community agencies with over 100,000 hours of service.

In addition to promoting community service among Eastern Michigan University students and providing programming for the community at large, the Office of Academic Service-Learning offers several grant-funded programs and initiatives. Including: The B. Side, an entrepreneurial workshop focused on business education and mentor relationships; Faculty Fellow Seminar, a semester-long weekly development seminar where theories, implementation, and assessment of AS-L are explored by tenure track faculty and lecturers who apply to the program each Fall and Winter semester; and the Washtenaw County Community Youth Mapping program, an initiative in which Washtenaw County youth map resources and safe spaces available to teenagers.


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The Office of Academic Service-Learning records include a wide array of documents related to the founding the Office in 1994 through the 2000s. The majority of the material in the collection dates from 2000-2009. Records include administrative files (financial information, day-to-day operations, correspondence, development), program materials (community and university programming and events), grant-related materials (applications for grants, funds awarded, and fund use), research (department-generated research about the EMU AS-L program and AS-L at large), university partner information (resources related to AS-L partnerships between EMU and the AS-L programs at other Universities), faculty fellow seminar items including participants, training materials, and pre- and post- AS-L surveys and lastly a resource library that includes articles, journals, manuals and other resources pertaining to AS-L programs.

Related Materials

For related materials, see the following collection:

Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities [02.ISCFC]:

Academic Service Learning Fellows 1994-2015

Fall 2015 Bonnie Miller, School of Social Work Celeste Hawkins, School of Social Work James Krolik, Department of Management Keisha Lovence, School of Nursing Kelly Victor-Burke, Department of Geography and Geology Imandeep Grewal, Department of Teacher Education Winter 2015 Camilla McComb, Department of Art Mark Whitters, Department of History, Philosophy Samir Tout, School of Technology Abbey Marterella, Department of Health Science John Staunton, Department of English, Language and Literature Fall 2014 Peter Higgins, Department of History, Phiolosophy Amy Johnson, Department of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts Dyann Logwood, Department of Women & Gender Studies Micah Murphy, Department of Marketing Winter 2014 Sadaf Ali, Department of Electronic, Media & Film Kennedy Saldanha, Department of Social Work Christine Wall, Department of Aviation Ali Eydgahi, Department of Engineering Technology Zuzana Tomaš, Department of World Languages Fall 2013 Melissa Jones, Department of Language & Literature Ryan Molloy, Department of Graphic Design Dan Fields , Department of Engineering Technology Christine Scott, Department of Speech-Language Pathology Winter 2013 Ramona Caponegro, Department of English Language & Literature Thomas J. Cieslak, II, School of Health Promotion & Human Performance Diane Parfitt, Department of Leadership & Counseling Robert Peavler, Department of Music & Dance Megan Rickard, School of Health Promotion & Human Performance Fall 2012 Katy Greenwald, Department of Biology Heather Khan, Department of Geography & Geology Rhonda Kraai, Department of Special Education Bill Welsh, Department of Geography & Geology Winter 2012 Dan Bonenberger, Department of Geography & Geology Brooke Dagnan, Department of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts Ana Claudia Harten, Department of Special Education Tricia McTague, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminology Bonnie Wylo, Department of Physics & Astronomy Fall 2011 David Dobrzykowski, Department of Computer Information Systems Xianghong Feng, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminology Barbara Walters, Department of Social Work Jayne Yatczak, Department of Occupational Therapy Mehmet E. Yaya, Department of Economics Winter 2011 Jessica Elton, Department of Communication/Forensics, Theatre/Media Julie Jahn, Department of College of Health & Human Services Chiron W. Graves, Department of Biology Russ Larson, Department of English Natalie Dove, Department of Psychology Vanessa Marr, Department of Women's & Gender Studies Fall 2010 Janet L. Fisher, Department of Special Education Christine Hume, Department of English William LaGore, Department of Accounting & Finance Janet Reaves, Department of Social Work Winter 2010


Academic Servic Learning records
Amber Davis
2016 March 14
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Repository Details

Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197