Motivation and Orientation: Faculty Perspectives on Development and Persistence in Service Learning and Community Engagement

F. Dan Richard, Becca Berkey, Heather M. Burk


Quality service learning and community engagement (S-LCE) in higher education involves faculty and staff working alongside community members and students for mutual benefit. We investigate explanations, motivations, and intentions of faculty that contribute to the sustained commitment for S-LCE work. Researchers conducted semi-structured interviews across two institutions of higher education. Results indicate that faculty rely on motives connected to student learning and community impact and that faculty approach S-LCE from a disciplinary or social change orientation.


intrinsic motivation; professional identity; faculty development; civic engagement

Full Text:


200 North Seventh Street, Terre Haute, Indiana, USA 47809-9989
Copyright © 2016 by Indiana State University. 1-800-GO-TO-ISU | 1-800-468-6478