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Faculty FAQ

How To Participate in CNM's Service Learning program

Service Learning as a Part of Curriculum

How do faculty utilize Service Learning? part of their curriculum

  1. Faculty members work with the Service Learning coordinator to carefully choose agencies whose needs are related to their teaching objectives.

  2. Instructors incorporate Service Learning to meet the objectives of their course content.

  3. Some instructors have students complete assignments such as journals, papers, readings, class discussions, writing assignments, and class presentations. Other instructors may allow Service Learning in lieu of another class assignment. Others use Service Learning projects as an optional (but preferred) method of earning a portion of their grade.

Faculty: Frequently Asked Questions

Can I require students to do more than the CNM requirement of a minimum of 15 hours per term?

Yes, agencies and/or faculty may require more hours than the 15. Students are required to fulfill the minimum of 15 but are informed if they have an instructor that requires more or are accepted at an agency that requires more hours that they are bound to that amount. Students are instructed in orientation that serving more hours can mean additional learning and work experience that may benefit them in the future.

Who do I contact at CNM for program information or concerns?

Sharon Gordon-Moffett at (505) 224-3068 or

Should I take the time to reflect with the student on what they are doing and how it relates to their coursework?

Yes, any time given to the student for reflection upon what they are doing for you and how it relates to their coursework is beneficial. Students will learn more and understand their service further.

Do agencies ever get removed from the CNM listing?

Yes, agencies have been removed from the CNM listing. An agency may be removed for the following:

  • At the agency's request
  • Unresponsive to students calls and or CNM calls
  • Student evaluations indicating a difficult learning environment ( the evaluations are researched and facts are gathered prior to making a decision)
  • Failure to provide necessary documentation
  • Not attending required agency orientations

What forms will students bring to their interview at an agency?

Students will bring a Letter of Agreement & Enrollment Form, and Student Timesheet. The Enrollment Agreement needs to be signed by the agency supervisor and student. The student then takes it to their instructor for their signature. The form is then routed to the Service Learning Office for data entry. A student is not enrolled in service learning until the form has been processed.

The timesheet is the documentation that records the student's work at the agency site. It needs to be signed by the agency supervisor and should remain on the agency premises until the CNM required hours are fulfilled (this may vary between instructors and agency sites). It is important that the timesheet be returned to the student before the term ends so that they can receive a service learning certificate (pending fulfillment of other duties).

The students syllabus for the course they are doing the service learning in.

Where do I find the contact information for CNM Service Learning Staff?

The information is located in the CNM Service Learning Agency Listing and contact information is located in the Service Learning Agency Orientation packets. The general number for the Service Learning Office is (505) 224-3071, fax (505) 224-3268.

How to Participate in Service Learning

Service Learning: Integrating service to the community with academic instruction and structured reflection.

  1. Learn what CNM Service Learning is. Discover how Service Learning can help you meet your objectives in the classroom, talk with others who integrate Service Learning in their courses, read about Service Learning with the national links on our website.

  2. Decide how to incorporate Service Learning into your syllabus.

    • Some instructors give students the option of a paper based on scholarly library research or a paper based on Service Learning experiences as they apply to course content.

    • Some instructors use Service Learning as extra credit.

    • Some instructors allow completion of Service Learning requirements in lieu of an exam or a particular paper.

  3. Become familiar with the agencies and decide which agencies you will encourage or allow placements for your students. If you want a packet listing ONLY the agencies your students may choose from, our office will be happy to prepare that for you.

  4. Contact Services Learning at least four weeks before the semester begins: Sharon Gordon-Moffett at (505) 224-3068 or

  5. Introduce students to Service Learning in your class by yourself or with Service Learning staff help. Let students know which agencies they may choose from (must be from CNM approved agency list) and what your requirements are.

  6. Have interested students check the web site, read the information, and complete the online Service Learning Orientation.

  7. Students begin contacting agencies as soon as they attend orientation.

    Students must visit the agency at which they wish to work, agree on type of work and hours, provide a copy of their course syllabus and get their agency supervisor's signature on the Letter of Agreement & Enrollment Form. This Letter of Agreement must be turned in by the designated deadline.

  8. As an instructor, you'll need to sign the Letter of Agreement & Enrollment Form with your complete signature. Keep a copy of the form and the student needs to return the original to: Sharon Gordon-Moffett at (505) 224-3068 or

  9. During the term, keep Service Learning staff apprised of any concerns with students in Service Learning.

  10. By the end of Week 13, students must turn in their time sheets and Reflection sheets.

  11. Vicariously enjoy all of the examples, experiences and growth students share with you and your class.


Agency representatives, faculty and students are welcome to attend an orientation to learn more about service learning. Attending orientation does not obligate you or guarantee acceptance in Service Learning.