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Faculty Fellows for Service-Learning

The Faculty Fellows for Service-Learning Seminar is an opportunity to learn about service-learning pedagogy and integrate it into an appropriate course in the company of friends and colleagues from a number of departments. It is also an opportunity to learn about other types of engaged scholarship in addition to service-learning.


Faculty Fellows for Service-Learning form a professional learning community of up to 15 participants who engage throughout the seminar in the following ways:

  • Investigate the theories and models of learning behind service-learning
  • Discover how others have successfully integrated service-learning into their own disciplines and courses at Loyola and at colleges and universities nationally and internationally
  • Meet community partners and explore reciprocal partnerships
  • Inquire into methodologies of assessment and evaluation
  • Explore ways to use structured reflection to integrate diverse forms of learning
  • Provide and receive feedback on course development in interactive small groups
  • Explore issues of racial justice, social identity, privilege, and power
  • Learn about various forms of engaged scholarship in addition to service-learning
  • Find out how to integrate service-learning into their teaching in ways that comply with Loyola’s nationally recognized service-learning course designation standards

Seminar Meeting Times and Dates

The seminar takes place during five sessions scheduled throughout the spring semester, with a final wrap-up day scheduled during Welcome Week (the week before the start of classes) in August. Meetings during the spring semester take place every 2-3 weeks.


  • Eligibility:  All full-time, continuing faculty are eligible to participate
  • Registration Deadline: Due by the first Friday in December
  • Seminar Limit: 15
  • Guest Fellows: Up to five faculty from neighboring colleges and universities are invited to participate as Guest Fellows, if space is available.

Seminar Readings and Integration Project

Course readings made available on the Faculty Fellows for Service-Learning Teams site will guide seminar conversations and individual inquiry. In addition, each Fellow commits to: 

  • integrating service-learning into one of their upcoming courses;
  • applying to have that course designated as a service-learning course;
  • teaching the course at least once during the next two years; and
  • serving as a departmental mentor and advocate for service-learning and engaged scholarship.

Following the five spring-semester sessions, Fellows have the rest of the summer to work individually on their service-learning Integration Projects. During the last seminar meeting at the end of August, Fellows present their service-learning courses and syllabi to one another and invite constructive review and feedback from their colleagues in the seminar.

The Integration Project requires Fellows to understand basic criteria for service-learning courses, select an appropriate course, develop learning objectives for service-learning in the course, identify appropriate community partners (agencies, schools, businesses), and integrate service-learning (including structured reflection, evaluation, and assessment procedures) into the syllabus. Dr. Allen Brizee is happy to assist Fellows in their efforts over the summer and during the academic year.

University Service

Service-learning is a high-impact teaching practice and is considered significant service to the University, both for the purposes of annual faculty evaluation and for carrying out the university’s mission.

Application Process

If you are interested in participating in the Faculty Fellows for Service-Learning Seminar, please complete the registration form by the first Friday in December and return it to Dr. Allen Brizee in the Center for Community, Service, and Justice in Humanities 142 or via email to CELS@loyola.edu.

Contacts and for more information:

Allen Brizee, Ph.D., Faculty Director for Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship and Associate Professor of Writing, habrizee@loyola.edu

General inquiries may be sent to CELS@loyola.edu.

Faculty Fellow for Service-Learning Cohort

We are pleased to announce the 2020 Faculty Fellows for Service-Learning:

Prof. Irem Demirkan

Assistant Professor of International Business, Management and International Business

 Irem Demirkan

Prof. Tasha Lewis

Associate Professor of Spanish, Modern Languages and Literatures 

 Dr. Tasha Lewis

Prof. Julie Sayo

Lecturer, Communication

Prof. Victoria Barnett-Woods

Lecturer-Visiting Affiliate Assistant Professor,  English

 Vicki Barnett-Woods

Prof. Helen Hofling

Visiting Assistant Professor, Writing

 Helen Hofling

Prof. Mary Kate Schneider

Director of Global Studies and Lecturer of Political Science, Political Science


Prof. Craig Medvecky

Associate Director of the Writing Center, Writing

 Medvecky, Craig