NCLP/ACUI Socially Responsible Leadership: What's Service Learning Got to Do with It?

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Core Competencies: Leadership
Originally presented on November 12, 2014
This is the archived version.

Program Description

Program Description

As reflective leadership educators, we often ask ourselves the question, “Leadership for what?” In recent books and conference discussions, this question resonates stridently. In response, many of us answer that leadership is and should be about creating a better world. To make the positive difference in the world that our students seek to make, they need the values, knowledge, skills, and efficacy. More and more leadership educators are turning to service learning as a means of preparing and engaging our students in leadership for social change. Leadership is indeed a process, but leadership without content and purpose is a flawed concept. Through service learning, students also learn first-hand why they need to apply their knowledge, skills, and energy to confront troublesome social issues and to elevate our shared future. The presenter shares insights from her newest book, Service-Learning Essentials: Questions, Answers, and Lessons Learned, published in November 2014 by Jossey-Bass.

About the Presenter(s)

Barbara Jacoby is faculty associate for leadership and community service learning at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland–College Park. In this role, she facilitates initiatives involving academic partnerships, service learning, and civic engagement. She is a fellow of the university’s Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and was a Center for Teaching Excellence Lilly Fellow during the 2007–08 academic year. She served as senior scholar for the Adele H. Stamp Student Union from 2005z-11, director of the Office of Community Service-Learning from 2003-05, director of commuter affairs and community service from 1992–03, and director of the Office of Commuter Affairs from 1983–03—all at the University of Maryland.

Jacoby has served as Campus Compact’s Engaged Scholar for Professional Development. In addition, she is senior scholar for the National Clearinghouse for Commuter Programs. She was director of the National Clearinghouse for Commuter Programs from 1983–03. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in French and literature in 1978. She is affiliate associate professor in the Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs, where she teaches doctoral and undergraduate courses.

Her publications include seven books. Jacoby was a member of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education from 1980–2011. She has held many leadership positions in NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and ACPA – College Student Educators International. She received the 2010 Maryland Campus Compact Scholarship Award and currently serves as an ACPA senior scholar.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, participants will know about:

  • The essential principles and practices of service learning
  • How service learning can help students achieve our desired learning outcomes for socially responsible leadership
  • The challenging questions and dilemmas of service learning  

As a result of attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Design and implement a high-quality service learning experience
  • Facilitate critical reflection about leadership for a better world
  • Develop reciprocal community partnerships for service learning


Updated March 30, 2015