Meet the Office of Service-Learning
The mission of the Office of Service-Learning is “to contribute to Loyola’s mission to ‘inspire students to learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world’ through the engaged scholarship of its faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students.” It does so by promoting, supporting, and further institutionalizing engaged scholarship, including service-learning and engaged research, at Loyola.
Where are we located?
The Office of Service-Learning is a smaller office within the larger Center for Community Service and Justice. We are physically located within the Center, in Humanities 142!
Who are we (in a nutshell)?
Robin Crews, Director of Service-Learning
Robin recruits, trains, and supports faculty to teach service-learning and do other forms of engaged scholarship. He offers assistance with course development, pedagogy, and reflection, and he crafts our long-term vision.
Kate Figiel-Miller, Assistant Director of Service-Learning
Kate provides logistical support for service-learning students, faculty, and partnerships in service-learning courses (and other forms of engaged scholarship) as needed. Sometimes she is able to be a “matchmaker” who brings together faculty and community for new service-learning partnerships. Kate also oversees service-learning assessment and communications.
Jake Petrini, Class of 2016, Service Coordinator for Service-Learning
Jake serves as the liaison and coordinator between service-learning students and community partners at two sites, Govans and Tunbridge. He also assists with service-learning promotion and social media.
Katie Despeaux, Class of 2016, Service-Learning Graduate Assistant
Katie runs the numbers and keeps us organized. She tracks service-learning courses, updates the website, and administers and analyzes our assessments, including end-of-the-semester service-learning course surveys. Katie also provides support for other projects.
Our team also includes many other members of the CCSJ student staff team! Service Coordinators with a number of partners work with service-learners serving at their sites, helping them figure out when and how to get to service, and how to get the most from their service-learning experience.
For more information, contact Robin Crews, Director of Service-Learning, at ext. 2112 or email@example.com.