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 

Service Learning Course Develpment Grants 
Now Accepting Applications for 2015 
These are grants for faculty interested in developing a new service-learning course or transforming an existing course. Grants can also be used to spearhead departmental plans for integrating service-learning in the curriculum. Applications are due March 20, 2015. 

Call for New Fall 2015 Service Learning Courses
Now accepting application for NEW service-learning course designation for Fall 2015.
Proposals for the Fall semester are due February 13, 2015.

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)
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 and online, peer-reviewed products of community engaged scholarship (see CES4 Health below).

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

Creating Service Learning Courses

University Community Partnerships

Ideals for Service Learning Reflection 

Service Learning Definition for Syllabi