Office of Service Learning

Faculty Resources

The Office of Service Learning (OSL) facilitates connections between focused academic learning that meets disciplinary standards for rigor, with meaningful and appropriate service that addresses needs identified by and with communities.

In addition to being mindful of "best practices" that have been developed in the academic service-learning movement nationally, our work is inspired by, and 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 Office of Service Learning provides support for:

  • Course design and implementation
  • Community partnership development
  • Course logistics (scheduling, transportation, etc.)
  • Community-engaged Scholarship

Events on campus

Regional and National Conferences


Download the Call for NEW Spring 2015 Service Learning Courses!  Each semester the OSL will put out a call via Facutly Announcements for courses for the following semester.  Proposals for the spring semester are due in October.  Proposals for the Fall semester are due in late Feb/early March. 


Service Learning Course Development Grants - These are grants for faculty interested in developing a new service-learning course or transforming an existing course.  The call for proposals goes out in Jan/February of each year and are due in late March/early April.  Preview the grant application here.

Service Learning Associates (SLA) - The SLA program pairs student leaders with faculty teaching SL courses.  SLAs assist faculty with everything from logistics, to community partnership development and reflection facilitation.  Faculty are required to apply to participate in the program, showing evidence of their willingness to work in partnership with a student leader.  Contact Karen Parkinson for more information on how to apply.

Community Engaged Scholarship - The OSL has partnered with the DiMenna-Nyselius Library to maintain an updated list of journals that publish community-engaged scholarship, including the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  See the journal list here.

Other Resources

Service Learning 101

Campus Compact Sample Syllabi

Campus Community Partnerships for Health - (CCPH) is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes health equity and social justice through partnerships between communities and academic institutions.  The website is host to many resources from articles, to tool-kits to and online, peer-reviewed products of community engaged scholarship (see CES4 Health below).

CES4Health - CES4Health peer reviews, publishes and disseminates products of community-engaged scholarship that are not journal articles - videos, curricula, policy reports, digital stories and online toolkits, for example.

Imagining America - Imagining America creates democratic spaces to foster and advance publicly engaged scholarship that draws on arts, humanities, and design. We catalyze change in campus practices, structures, and policies that enables artists and scholars to thrive and contribute to community action and revitalization.

Creating Service Learning Courses

University Community Partnerships

Ideals for Service Learning Reflection

Service Learning Definition for Syllabi