Mission & History

The UGA Office of Service-Learning (OSL) supports academic service-learning and community engagement initiatives designed to enhance students’ civic and academic learning, promote engaged research that is responsive to community needs, and contribute to the public good through mutually beneficial community-university partnerships.

The OSL was established in 2005 to promote and support the development of quality academic service-learning experiences in response to critical community needs through a range of faculty and instructional development programs, services, and funding opportunities. The OSL is a campus-wide office jointly supported by the Offices of the Vice President for Instruction and the Vice President for Public Service & Outreach.

From 2005-2011, the OSL’s focus on faculty development resulted in a diverse portfolio of programs open to all career tracks of faculty, such as the Service-Learning Fellows program, funding and grant opportunities, awards and recognition programs, and the development of faculty leaders across campus. In 2012, the OSL launched its new five-year Strategic Plan, broadening its mission to include promotion of campus-community partnerships and engaged research.