NMU ASL is excited to announce that we have teamed up with TV6 and Fox U.P. to highlight academic service learning projects on the Thursday of each week during the Winter 2015 semester. Segments can be viewed live during the early morning and late night news or below via the archived links. 


Construction Management

Athletic Training

Graphic Communications

Protected Area and Land Management

Banquets and Catering

Advanced Audio Production

Grant Writing


Academic Service Learning Courses

Current Courses

Past Courses

Community Partner Wish-lists


 Academic Service Learning Updates

P1020121E_Small.jpg Ten NMU faculty, staff and students presented at the 2014 Michigan Campus Compact Civic Engagement Institute, a teaching and learning conference held Feb. 3-4 at Grand Valley State University. The participants included (from left) Charles Ganzert (CAPS), Rachel Harris, David Bonsall, Hannah Lewis, Brian McGowan, Jon Barch and Lizzie Corser (Center for Student Enrichment), Heidi Stevenson (English), and Jennifer James-Mesloh and Judy Puncochar (Education, Leadership and Public Service). Presentations included "The Evolution of Service-Learning Practices at Northern Michigan University" (Ganzert, James-Mesloh, Harris and Puncochar), "Viewing Service Learning Through a Rural Lens" (Ganzert, Stevenson, Holton and Tullier), "Academic Service Learning as a Vehicle for Autonomy-Supported Instruction” (Barch and Corser), and "Promoting Community Involvement to First Year Students through Academic Service Learning and First Year Experience" (Kratz and McGowan). Thank you to Bill Richards for his help compiling data for the FYE presentation.


Congratulations to Charles Ganzert who received the Faculty and Staff Community Service-Learning Award and Dave Bonsall who received the Network Leader Award. These awards have been hard earned and are a fantastic tribute to the work done in forwarding academic service learning and community engagement at NMU. The recipient of the Faculty and Staff Community Service-Learning Award ' uses modeling, influencing, or instruction to engage or influence students to be involved in community service or service-learning. This special recognition of contributions to campus and community highlights the very best in higher education.' The  Network Leader Award 'recognizes a staff member for significant contributions to the institutionalization of community engagement and for advancing a vision of service on the campus by supporting faculty, students, and/or campus-community partnerships. We encourage nominations of senior staff members.'



Congratulations to Dr. Kia Richmond for receiving a $3,483 ASL Venture Grant from Michigan Campus Compact. The grant supports a service learning project that provides high school students at Nah Tah Wahsh Public School Academy with meaningful learning experiences through a field trip to a dramatic performance of a literary text. Prospective teachers in NMU’s English Education program enrolled in Dr. Richmond’s English 350 Methods class will tie the performance to literature lessons based on Common Core State Standards curriculum and will participate in web-based writing exchanges with students in grades 9-12 about writing, literature, and performance arts.
EN_211D_Sirois_-_Hoop_House_Sign_0.JPG The ASL Advisory Board and staff congratulates twelve dedicated instructors for their application of academic service learning through Action Grant funds provided by the Provost’s Office during the 2012-2013 academic year. In total, their projects involved 178 students, engaged 26 community organizations across the Upper Peninsula and resulted in more than 3,130 community impact hours. View the list of instructors and projects here.

Check out NMU ASL's new Facebook page! Though quiet during the summer, the Facebook page will showcase up-coming speakers, current research in the field, and course designation information throughout the fall and winter semesters.

The results from the Student Experience Survey are in! Out of the 1,338 students who were in ASL courses last fall, 293 completed the survey. Faculty interested in obtaining individual course results can email nmuasl@nmu.edu.

  • 91% either agreed or strongly agreed that the community participation aspect of this course showed them that they can become more involved in the community
  • 81% felt that their interactions with the community project enhanced their learning and/or understanding in the course
  • 32% said their ASL experience helped clarify their major
  • 41% said their ASL experience helped clarify their career choice
  • 45% said their ASL experience exposed them to new career possibilities

What is Academic Service Learning?

Academic service learning is an exciting teaching methodology that incorporates community service as a means of helping students gain a deeper understanding of course objectives, acquire new knowledge, develop professional expertise and engage in civic activity.

Academic Service Learning vs. Community Service

Academic Service Learning Statistics

ASL Course Designation

Designate your course for the Winter 2015 or Summer 2015 semester. Designations are accepted throughout the year but must be submitted at least two weeks before the end of the semester.

Course Designation Form (New or Blanket)
Renewal Course Designation Form
Serve on the ASL Advisory Board

Past and present NMU faculty with an interest in growing academic service learning are welcome to serve on the Academic Service Learning Advisory Board. The goal of the program is to have at least one representative from all academic areas of study, as well as student service areas, on the board. The current committee co-chairs are Dr. Heidi Stevenson and Dr. Jennifer James-Mesloh.

 More on the advisory board

    ASL Quicktips! Videos

    Academic Service Learning (ASL) has many opportunities for faculty and students. Check out these videos and start your ASL experience today.