Office of Service Learning

Service-learning is an experiential approach to teaching and learning that links academic study and community service so that each is strengthened and both are transformed. Critical reflection is an essential component as is the development of partnerships with the community that are based in mutuality and reciprocity.

The Office of Service Learning (OSL) is committed to solidarity and collaboration with people who are marginalized. In addition to being mindful of "best practices" that have been developed in the academic service-learning movement nationally, our work flows from the Jesuit Catholic educational mission of Fairfield University that calls for the dynamic integration of academic excellence, social responsibility, and faith that promotes justice.

The OSL provides support for

  • Faculty Professional Development and Course Design
  • Student Learning and Leadership Development
  • Community Partnership Development


Melissa Quan
Director, Office of Service Learning
Associate Director, Center for Faith and Public Life

Karen Parkinson
Program Coordinator

Jocelyn Boryczka
Facutly Chair, Service Learning
Associate Professor & Chair, Politics

Service Learning Advisory Committee

 In April, we celebrated students' accomplishments at the annual Service Learning Appreciation ceremony.
View the slideshow of some of our projects from 2014-15.