FSU students engaged in service-learning courses provide community service in response to community-identified interests, gain enhanced learning through the connection between their service and their academic coursework, and increase their roles as citizens. This supports FSU's mission to provide students not only educational benefits but an understanding of what it means to be an active citizen.

One of FSU’s core values is Public Purpose and Commitment, as we strive to construct a community that is committed to public purpose, informed action, and service. In our current strategic plan, under the overarching goal of Academic Distinction and Student Success, we commit to preparing students to be ethical and engaged citizens committed to public purpose, inspired to service, and eager to place leadership roles in their communities, workplaces, and the wider world.

Contact the Civic Engagement and Service Learning Center

Dr. David Smailes, Associate Professor of Political Science, serves as faculty coordinator of the Center. His role will be to develop and grow the Center in collaboration with all faculty and staff across the University campus. Dr. Smailes will launch some programs to support civic engagement and service learning opportunities in the classroom. In addition, he will work collaboratively on grant applications to fund our Center going forward.

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Dr. David Smailes

Associate Professor, Political Science, Law, and Global Studies and Program Coordinator and Advisor, Master of Public Administration
O'Connor Hall, Room 310