Faculty Resources

This page provides further information for new faculty contemplating a community-based learning course as well as supportive resources for our seasoned faculty.

CBL—At the Core

Some of the core components to keep in mind with any community-based learning course

  • Clear articulation of CBL expectations in the syllabus, including learning objectives, expected time commitment, and important deadlines (Arrupe sign-ups, orientations).
  • Integration of community experience, including regular in-class reflections and assignments that allow students to share about their experiences, connect them to course topics, and raise questions that support learning.
  • Faculty familiarity with community partners through visits to key placements where students are participating and background reading of the partners’ mission and goals.
  • Evaluation, including collection of student attendance logs at the end of the quarter and open communication with community partners and Arrupe staff.

Downloadable Handbook


Battistoni, Richard M. (2002). Civic Engagement Across the Curriculum. Campus Compact.

Cress, Christine, et al. (2005). Learning Through Serving: A Student Guidebook for Service Learning Across the Disciplines. Stylus Publishing.

Heffernan, Kerrissa (2001). Fundamentals of Service-Learning Course Construction. Campus Compact. 

Introduction to Service-Learning Toolkit: Readings and Resources for Faculty (2nd Ed). Campus Compact 

Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (national peer-reviewed journal)


National Service Learning Clearinghouse
A vast searchable database for service learning in education, from elementary through higher education. Includes a resources page for faculty which contains sample syllabi and bibliography.

Campus Compact
A national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents—representing some 6 million students—who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. Has great selection of books, and sample syllabi from various disciplines.