Student Affairs

Student Affairs and Service Learning: A Perfect Match

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Dr. Aaron Hughy
Price: $50.00

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Service learning programs offer a number of tangible benefits to the undergraduates involved as well as to the institution as a whole. These include:

  1. Helping students incorporate a heightened sense of personal responsibility in their interactions with others.
  2. Enhancing their moral and spiritual development
  3. Providing them with the communication, conflict resolution and leadership skills.
  4. Helping students acquire a greater appreciation for diversity by promoting inter-cultural understanding and reducing stereotypes.
  5. Promoting social responsibility and civic engagement both while students are in college and after they graduate. Finally, service learning programs.
  6. Giving students an advantage in their life and career pursuits by connecting them with professionals and other community contacts.

Student affairs professionals are in an ideal position to develop, sponsor and facilitate these unique developmental experiences.  In this interactive webinar, we will explore

  1. The mechanics involved in developing and maintaining a successful service learning program.
  2. The tremendous advantages that stem from these programs.
  3. The challenges involved with maintaining and keeping them relevant.

In short, we will investigate evidence-based best practices for using service learning programs to help students reach their full potential as responsible citizens in a democratic society.


  • Needs Analysis: Identifying the Service Learning Approach that Best Suits Your Campus.
  • The Essential Components of a Service Learning Program.
  • Evidence-based Best Practices: What to Emulate – What to Avoid.
  • Benefits and Challenges: The Commitment Required to Maintain Excellence.
  • Short-Term Benefits and Long-Term Dividends.
  • Case Studies in Success: Service Learning Programs to Investigate.
  • Setting the Stage for Future Success: Important Considerations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Investigate the benefits of implementing a service learning program
  • Examine the role of student affairs professionals in developing and implementing service learning programs
  • Review the essential components of a service learning program
  • Explore evidence-based best practices in coordinating effective service learning programs
  • Discuss the short-term as well as the longer-term benefits associated with service learning programs
  • Demonstrate how service learning programs can bridge the gap that often exists between academic and student affairs


Dr. Aaron W HugheyDr. Aaron W Hughey is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where he oversees the graduate degree program in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Before joining the faculty in 1991, he spent 10 years in progressive administrative positions, including five years as the Associate Director of University Housing at WKU. He was also head of the department of Counseling and Student Affairs for five years before returning to the faculty full-time in 2008. Dr. Hughey has degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Western Kentucky University, and Northern Illinois University. He has authored (or co-authored) over 60 refereed publications on a wide range of issues including leadership and student development, counseling, standardized testing, diversity, legal issues, and educational administration. He regularly presents at national and international conferences and consults extensively with companies and schools. He also provides training and professional development programs on a variety of topics centered on student success; working with students who have a variety of challenges, including issues with social media, is one of his specialties. This is a topic he has researched and regularly covers in his graduate classes.

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