An experiential approach to teaching and learning that links academic study and community service so that each is strengthened—and both are transformed
Learning through service. Changing lives. Building global citizens.
The Office of Service Learning (OSL) is committed to solidarity and collaboration with people who are marginalized. We work to develop community partnerships that are based in mutuality and reciprocity. Through these partnerships, students engage in community service that includes substantial direct contact with low-income residents, social service agency clients, the elderly, public school students, or hospital/clinic patients. They serve as interns and consultants, and support personnel.
Students’ work is directly related to service learning course content and clearly connected to course learning objectives. Critical reflection is an essential component.
In addition to being mindful of "best practices" that have been developed nationally in the academic service-learning movement, 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
Director, Office of Service Learning
Associate Director, Center for Faith and Public Life
Faculty Chair, Service Learning
Associate Professor & Chair, Politics
View the slideshow of some of our projects from 2014-15.