Call for Papers The 8th International Symposium on Service-Learning

Posted by International Symposium on Service-Learning (ISSL) on October 22, 2019

Critical Service-Learning Across the Globe: Transforming Teaching into Social Action

University of Nicosia, June 10 – 12 , 2020

  • Proposal submissions of 350 words, to be submitted according to the format indicated on this call for papers.
  • The deadline for submissions is November 30th 2019. Proposals are limited to two submissions per presenter.

To submit your proposal:

Complete the Abstract Submission Form available as a separate document in MS Word format and use title “ISSL 2020 proposal (last name)” to save the abstract submission..

E-mail the abstract to:

Marianna Foulkrod
Executive Director, Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement
Co-Chair, 2020 International Symposium on Service-Learning

If you have any questions about the submission process please contact Marianna Foulkrod directly via e-mail or phone number at 317-788-3557.


Transformation has become a central discussion theme in the higher education landscape worldwide. Forecasts reveal that higher education institutions might become virtual entities that compete for survival, which will render face-to-face interaction of the lecture hall redundant.

Out-of-classroom learning spaces will likely become more important as students will learn in their own communities. Service-learning is a transformative pedagogy that emphasizes out of classroom experiences as a learning space, the community as a textbook and where theory becomes practice.

The purpose of the 8th International Symposium on Service-Learning is to focus on transitions in higher education and the role that critical service-learning plays in social transformation. One of the main areas of focus will be on student and faculty delivery of critical service-learning experiences and becoming agents of positive change for their communities and universities. We will learn more about the significant role that service-learning plays in students becoming more engaged and active citizens, faculty teaching in more critical and collaborative ways, and the community growing into living knowledge incubators. These focal points will be threaded throughout a variety of presentation types and formats to allow for meaningful dialogue among academics, community partners, students, and other professionals.

The 8th international symposium aims to:

  1. Explore the complexities of transitions and transformation with n higher education across the world.
  2. Enhance the systemic transformative social impact of critical service-learning in society.
  3. Illuminate and enhance service-learning as an innovative transformative pedagogy for social change.
  4. Strengthen networking between different institutions of higher education and community partners on a global scale.
  5. Proliferate participation in service-learning practice in higher education by developing a community of practice through this conference.

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