University of Iowa faculty members play a key role in supporting service learning and encouraging volunteerism. A well-rounded education includes learning how to apply what is learned in the classroom to a real-life setting.

The Community-Based Learning Program strengthens students' learning opportunities by linking the University's teaching, research, and service mission to community needs through service.

A listing of all faculty organizations oriented to professional service is beyond the scope of this handbook. Many groups are organized around advocacy issues, including:

Charter committees are established in an effort to assure that University-wide services and activities will be carried out in the best interests of education and society. The membership of University charter committees is generally composed of faculty, staff members, and students in varying proportions according to the committee's primary interest.

There are currently 16 charter committees, plus three non-charter committees that deal with university-wide issues.