At Notre Dame of Maryland University, we define service-learning as working and problem-solving real world issues alongside community members. These interactions provide rich, experiential learning opportunities when coupled with guided reflection, class discussion, and skilled analysis relating to course content.

Service-learning extends education beyond your classroom into the community. If you would like to incorporate service-learning into your courses, ask your academic advisor about service-learning opportunities or reach out to the Office of Service and Community Engagement at

Service-Learning Courses

Courses with a service-learning component may be offered in any discipline at the undergraduate or graduate level and are noted in the course catalog.

International Service Opportunities

Service Abroad is a four to five week independent summer or winter course that focuses on serving those most vulnerable in other cultures.

It is an opportunity to perfect the balancing of academics, experiential learning, and personal growth experiences while expanding your self-giving.

Learn More about Service Abroad

Annual Service-Learning Awards

Awards for outstanding commitment to service-learning have been given to a faculty member and a student each Notre Dame Day since the award’s inception in 2007. To learn more about the criteria of the awards, visit our Service Awards page

Year Faculty Student
2007 Kathleen Marie Engers, SSND, Professor of Communication Arts Bridget Smith ‘07
2008 Joanne Gladden, Ph.D., Professor of Nursing Steffani McQuerry ‘08
2009 RaeAnn Wuestman, Ph.D., Professor of Education Rebecca Jones ‘09
2010 Sally Wall, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology Michelle Santos ‘10
2011 Susan Barber, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History Stephanie Uza ‘11
2012 Leonor Blum, M.A., Associate Professor of History Brianna January ‘12
2013 Linda Stilling, SSND, Professor of Modern Foreign Languages Marianna Milkowski ‘13
2014 NDMU 100 Teaching Teams  
2015 Sabita Persaud, Associate Professor/Associate Dean of Nursing  
2016 School of Pharmacy Clinical and Administrative Sciences Faculty  
2017 Maria Mouratidis, Professor of Psychology  
2018 Stephanie Savick, Associate Professor of Education  
2019 Juliann DuPuis, Professor of Education Nia Willis ‘19
2020 Patrice Silver, Assistant Professor of Education Amirah Arafat ‘20