Tennessee Service-Learning Consortium

TN-SLC Purpose Statement

The Tennessee Service Learning Consortium (TN-SLC) is a non-profit membership association of colleges and universities committed to promoting active citizenship as an aim of higher education. The TN-SLC will serve as a key partner to other state efforts in creating solutions for higher education challenges of access, equity, and accountability while promoting engaged citizenship. Founded by institutional service learning representatives across the state, the TN-SLC provides leadership in advocating, supporting, and increasing student involvement in academic and co-curricular-based public service. The TN-SLC aims to strengthen the capacity of member institutions to serve society; to enhance student learning; and to develop in individual students the knowledge, values, skills, and habits of civic responsibility and democratic participation.

Membership is open to any nationally or regionally accredited two- or four-year higher education institution, graduate, or professional school in the State of Tennessee. The Advisory Board may choose to permit other memberships from K-12 schools, chambers of commerce, state agencies, non-profit organizations, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, foundations, and private corporations. Entities interested in associating with the TN-SLC that do not meet membership criteria may be included as affiliated partners.

Benefits to members include:

  • regional faculty service-learning curriculum integration training
  • professional development forums, conferences, and workshops
  • in-state resource sharing
  • access to the TN-SLC website, listserv, and speakers’ bureau
  • state-level legislative advocacy and coordination of Day on the Hill activities
  • annual statewide survey statistics
  • economic impact analyses
  • program audit reviews

Click HERE to become a member!

2024-25 Paid Members - Institutional Membership
Membership Dues/Registration Available Now

Northeast State Community College

TN- SLC ByLaws

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 Meetings & Conferences

The Consortium holds a virtual call every other month for members. All dates fall on a Friday. Representatives will receive an invite to join the virtual call.

Feburary 9, 2024 at 11 am (EST)/10 am (CST) - Board Meeting
February 9, 2024 at Noon (EST)/11 am (CST) - General Membership Meeting

April 12, 2024 at 11 am (EST)/10 am (CST) - Board Meeting
April 12, 2024 at Noon (EST)/11 am (CST) - General Membership Meeting

September 13, 2024 at 11 am (EST)/10 am (CST) - Board Meeting
September 13, 2024 at Noon (EST)/11 am (CST) - General Membership Meeting

November 8, 2024 at 11 am (EST)/10 am (CST) - Board Meeting
November 8, 2024 at Noon (EST)/11 am (CST) - General Membership Meeting

Speakers Bureau

The Tennessee Service-Learning Consortium is in the process of establishing a Speakers Bureau to educate and inform about community engagement and to promote our organization.  We would like to invite you to become a member of the Speakers Bureau or to encourage individuals from your institution to serve as a speaker.  If you are willing to share your expertise with the community, please complete this form.

Serve InDEED

Serve InDEED, The Tennessee Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

Serve InDEED, the Tennessee Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, is a peer-reviewed online journal published annually by Volunteer Tennessee. Special issues are published as needed/requested. Volunteer Tennessee, an agency of the State of Tennessee, focuses on community service and service-learning initiatives in which citizens of all ages and backgrounds engage in services addressing the educational, public safety, environmental and other human needs of the state and nation. Serve InDEED publishes articles concerned with service-learning and civic engagement. The editors welcome articles from higher education (peer-reviewed), K-12 education, community based organizations, education/community partners and students.

Submissions are accepted at Journal.Serveindeed@gmail.com and are accepted for publication in the following categories:

  • Reflective essays
  • Research-based articles
  • Best Practices

Back issues of Serve InDEED complete with submission requirements can be accessed at: https://www.tn.gov/volunteer-tennessee/vt-aboutus/vt-publications.html

2024-25 Advisory Board Members

Position Candidate Institution
Chair Deidra Rogers East Tennessee State University
Chair-Elect Angie Elkins Walters State Community College
Past Chair Kelly Ormsby Volunteer State Community College
Secretary Vacant  
Treasurer Joyce Johnson Southwest TN Community College
Public 4 Year Representative Carol Swayze (Interim) Middle Tennessee State University
Public 2 Year Representative Andrea Amos Northeast State Community College
Private Representative Open  
Institutional President Dr. Rebecca Ashford Chattanooga State Community College