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Service is a fundamental part of Creighton's mission and a characteristic that distinguishes our University from others. We enjoin our students to answer the call to be "men and women for others." This calling is woven into the fabric of the University and our College. It is, in fact, our resolute focus and continuing effort that extends beyond the brick and mortar of our classrooms into the communities in which we live and serve. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are called to action through a variety of service and outreach programs.
In the Jesuit tradition our graduates are leaders in all walks of life. During their formation we extend to them a variety of experiential and mentoring programs where they will have opportunity to deepen their faith and values, develop their organization and leadership skills, and pursue service and social justice for the greater good of society.
"Service-learning is a form of experiential education where learning occurs through a cycle of action and reflection as students work with others through a process of applying what they are learning to community problems and, at the same time, reflecting upon their experience as they seek to achieve real objectives for the community and deeper understanding and skills for themselves."*
*Eyler, J., & D.E. Giles, J. (1999). Where's the Learning in Service-Learning? San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. As taken from the National Commission on Service Learning.
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Reflection on Service
Teaching develops as the faculty member contributes, through personal interest and with professional competence, to the University and local communities.
Service in the College is about a faculty member's wise and discrete use of their authority (ability to propose and dispose) and knowledge on behalf of another in the campus community (university, college, or department) or larger local community (volunteer and church activity). However, these constituents are not directly, or in the first instance, students in their assigned courses or faculty they work with on typical research projects.
Professional academic activity in service normally begins in the departments and then extends to other levels of the College and university. Service to the profession itself supports the valued collegial network ("colleagueship") across which our research and teaching activities may also be discussed, encouraged, and recognized.
Some may choose to work in community outreach activities at the local, state or national levels, providing information on the discipline or consulting on theory, methods or central issues of the discipline. Others may engage in applied humanities service, interpreting or helping make sense of issues that confront the human community, reflecting the best ideas of the academic field. In each of the above-mentioned possibilities, however, professional service must be discipline based and rooted in the institution's mission.
In a word, excellence in service reveals a commitment to the professional discipline by way of an integration of personal, institutional and public activity.