Faculty Resources

The Office of Academic Service-Learning at St. John's University is committed to providing resources and tools for faculty to be able to incorporate academic service-learning effectively into their courses.

AS-L Faculty Program Calendar Fall 2018-Spring 2019

To view and register for our faculty programs, please click here.

For more information on incorporating AS-L into your course, please contact us:

Contact Information

Lynn Stravino '05CPS, '08G

Director

Academic Service-Learning

Lourdes Hall

St. John's University

8000 Utopia Parkway

Queens, NY 11439

718-990-7902
[email protected]

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The Faculty Advisory Board was created to oversee and maintain the academic integrity of the academic service-learning program at St. John's. Members of the Faculty Advisory Board serve as academic consultants, responsible for furthering the Academic Service-Learning pedagogy and the University Mission within their individual colleges.

Please feel free to contact the representative from your college for more information on how to best include academic service-learning in your discipline.

Academic Service-Learning Faculty Advisory Board Contact List

Name

Title / Dept. / Location

College / Dept.

Phone

Email

John Angelidis

 

Professor
Management
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, Room 366

TCB

6495
 

[email protected]

 

Barrett Brenton

 

Professor
Sociology & Anthropology
St. John Hall Room 444A

SJC

5662

[email protected]

Manouchkathe Cassagnol

 

Associate Professor
Clinical Health Professions Assistant Dean, Service Programs

PHA

5374

[email protected]

Michael Downton

Assistant Professor
Dept of Curriculum & Instruction
Sullivan Hall Room 424

SOE

2647

[email protected]

Marilyn Dono-Koulouris

Associate Professor
Institute for Core Studies-DNY
DaSilva Center Room 350

ICS4106[email protected]
Mary Noe

Associate Professor
Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, Room 335

CPS7335[email protected] 

Robert Pecorella

 

Associate Professor
Government & Politics
St. John Hall Room 234K

ICS

5266

[email protected]

Lynn Stravino

 

Director
Academic Service-Learning
Lourdes Hall

AS-L

7902

[email protected]

Anna Zak

 

Associate-Director
Academic Service-Learning
Lourdes Hall

AS-L8289[email protected]

The Office of Academic Service-Learning is here to assist you with all aspects of including AS-L in your course.

To begin the initial planning process, you should decide:

  • What course would be most appropriate for including an academic service-learning project?
  • How will AS-L help your students to better understand the course goals and learning objectives?
  • What type of service activity will be most appropriate for this course?
  • Will AS-L be optional or required for the students in your course?
  • If AS-L is going to be optional, what will the alternative assignment be for those choosing not to participate in AS-L? How will the assignment be equally as involved and rigorous?
  • What type of reflection assignment will your students complete? How will the reflection help to reinforce the learning objectives of your course?
  • How will you assess the reflection assignment and what percentage of the overall grade it will be?

Please click here to register for AS-L. 

Six to Eight Weeks Before the Semester Begins:

  • Fill out the AS-L Registration form by clicking on this link.
  • Schedule a meeting to discuss how to best incorporate AS-L into your course, what type of service and which community partners are most appropriate to work with, and how your students can reflect on their service.
  • Set a deadline for your students to complete their AS-L projects. The deadline to complete service is on the University Study Day but we encourage you to set an earlier deadline if possible.
  • If AS-L is going to be optional for the students in your class, develop a comparable assignment for the students who will not be participating in the AS-L project. Make sure the assignment is equally as rigorous and will take the same amount of time to complete.
  • Include AS-L in your course outline and be prepared to let your students know about their assignment at the start of the semester.
  • Schedule an AS-L orientation for your students in your classroom during the first few weeks of the semester.
  • Plan to visit the community partner(s) that your students will be serving with (optional).

Mid Semester Point

  • Check in with your students to ensure they have all made a connection with a service site and have started their service.

End of Semester

  • Fill out the online AS-L end of semester survery which will be sent to you via email towards the end of the semester.
  • Evaluate the AS-L assignment to see what worked and what could be improved upon going forward. Contact the Office of AS-L to discuss plans for the next semester.

We recommend including a description of the AS-L assignment in your course outline to best situate AS-L in the context of the course and to give students sufficient time to schedule service.

Be sure to include the following information on the academic service-learning project:

  • How the service experience will help them to better understand a learning objective in your course
  • What type of service the students will be completing and where they can go to complete their service
  • The number of hours that the students will be required to serve
  • The deadline to complete the AS-L project
  • Information on the reflection assignment that will allow them to make the connection between their service and what they learned in your course

Please feel free to copy and paste this sample verbiage in your syllabus or course outline:

Academic Service-Learning at St. John’s University is a classroom/experiential site- based program that involves students in some form of required community service activity and uses that activity as a means of understanding course concepts. It is a pedagogical approach whereby students engage in a service activity that benefits the common (public) good. The service activity meets course objectives, and through reflection students examine issues pertaining to justice and identity.

Academic Service-Learning is a requirement of this course. All students must complete _____________ number of hours of service at ______________. Reflection is an important component of AS-L since it provides the opportunity to link what students learn in the service
project to what they learn in the classroom. Reflection of the AS-L experience will be in the form of a ________________ (presentation, paper, etc.) and will be the graded component of the AS-L assignment.

Please click on the links below to read actual academic service-learning assignments designed by St. John’s faculty:

Reflection links the student’s service experience with the learning goals and objectives of your course. Reflection increases student’s critical thinking and problem solving skills while helping them to better understand your course material.

The most popular forms of reflection include papers, presentations, and class discussions. Many faculty assign the students a pre-service reflection assignment so that the students can discuss their preconceived ideas about the population they will be serving. As part of the final reflection, students can then look back and see if their perceptions towards the population that they served have changed. We are happy to meet with you to help you design a reflection assignment for your course.

Four Stage Reflection Process

Please also feel free to review this four stage reflection process and while creating your reflection assignment:

4 Stage Reflection Process

Reflection Rubric

A reflection rubric has been adapted by Dr. Barrett Brenton, Professor of Anthropology at St. John's, for grading reflection papers. Please feel free to use this as a resource when you are grading your student’s reflection papers.

Reflection Rubric

Vincentian Reflections

AS-L staff has been trained by Campus Ministry on facilitating Vincentian reflection sessions. We are available to come to your course to speak to your students about how their service experiences are tied to the Mission of St. John’s.

We are available to facilitate a brief introduction to academic service-learning in your class at the start of each semester. We can explain what academic service-learning is to your students and go through the procedure for starting their service. We can also walk students through the GivePulse System so that they can record their hours and have their logged hours approved.
Instead of having a classroom orientation, you could play this video. For an explanation of GivePulse play this video. In addition, for an overview of what AS-L at St. John's is, play this video

We strive to assist faculty with all stages of their academic service-learning projects from initial planning meetings through reflection assistance at the end of the semester. We are happy to provide the following services to St. John’s faculty.

Academic Service-Learning Project Planning Meetings:

Interested in incorporating academic service-learning into a course next semester but not sure where to start? Please contact us to set up an initial project planning meeting. Bring your course syllabus with you to the meeting and we will review it to see what learning objectives could best be met by an academic service-learning project. We will then work with you to select the most appropriate type of service for your course and the best organizations for your students to serve with. We can also discuss reflection activities for your students.

Academic Service-Learning Project Coordination:

Want to host a bake sale? A toy drive? Host a workshop for a community partner? Let us know! We are happy to manage all of the logistics for your projects. We can work directly with your students to make sure all aspects of your project are taken care of including securing space on campus, managing IT needs, scheduling the drop off/pick up of goods, manage student sign ups, etc.

Community Site Visits:

If you are interested in visiting the sites where your students will be serving and would like a representative from the Office of AS-L to visit the site with you, we are available to do so. Depending on the project, it can be very beneficial to visit the site and meet the site supervisor face to face to ensure that your students will be meeting a real need at the organization and to make sure that the project will meet the learning goals of your course. We are happy to schedule the meeting and accompany you to the site.

Vincentian Reflection Sessions:

AS-L staff has been trained by Campus Ministry on facilitating Vincentian reflection sessions. We are available to come to your course to speak to your students about how their service experiences are tied to the Mission of St. John’s.

The Office of Academic Service-Learning offers an Academic Service-Learning Certificate Program facilitated by academic service-learning pioneer, Dr. Edward Zlotkowski, former Professor of English at Bentley University. It is designed for faculty who want to explore and deepen their understanding and practice of academic service-learning.

Program Objectives:

  • To explore or deepen your understanding of academic service-learning
  • To design or re-design your course outline to include an academic service-learning component
  • To identify ways to build a community partnership

Attendance of the program results in the following:

  • Certification in academic service-learning
  • Framed certificate
  • Materials with resource information

Participants who attended previous sessions shared the following about the program:

  • "I found the entire presentation informative and useful to my educational experience."
  • "Very helpful, especially the opportunity to network with peers."
  • "It was great. Presenters were educational."

For more information, please contact Lynn Stravino at 718-990-7902 or [email protected].

Each year, one St. John’s University faculty member is awarded the Academic Service-Learning Faculty Award at the Faculty Convocation before the start of the fall semester. Nominations for the award are made by our Faculty Advisory Board and reviewed by an award selection committee.

The winner of the 2017 Academic Service-Learning Faculty Award is Dr. Marilyn Dono-Koulouris, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Past recipients of the Academic Service-Learning Faculty Award include:

1998Prof. Mary Maury, TCB2007Dr. Barrett Brenton, SJC
1999Dr. Susan Ebbs, SOE2010Dr. Nancy Colodny, SJC
2000Dr. Charles Clark, TCB2011Dr. Nina Dorata, TCB
2001Prof. Belenna Lauto, SJC2012Dr. Robert Fanuzzi, SJC
2002Prof. Thomas Ward, CPS2013Dr. Regina Mistretta, SOE
2003Dr. Steven Papamarcos, CPS2014Dr. Sean Murray, SJC
2004Dr. Andrea Bergman, SJC2015 Dr. Niall Hegarty, TCB
2005Rev. John McKenna, C.M., SJC2016Dr. Judith Ryder, SJC
2006Dr. John Conry, PHA2017Dr. Marilyn Dono-Koulouris, SJC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the Academic Service-Learning Faculty Award, please contact Lynn Stravino at 718-990-7902 or [email protected].

Please see below for articles and presentations on academic service-learning made by our own St. John's faculty members:

Bullying: University Students Bring a Moral Perspective to Middle School Students by May Webber, Division of Humanities at St. John's University

The Road to Successful Academic Service-Learning Projects: Making The Right Choices (PDF) by Richard Scorce

Development of an Academic Service-Learning HIV Professional Elective Course for Pharmacy Students (PDF) presented at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Annual Meeting in July 2013 by John M. Conry, Pharm.D., BCPS, AAHIVP, Tina J. Kanmaz, Pharm.D., Tomasz Z. Jodlowski, Pharm.D., BCPS (AQ-ID), AAHIVP

The development of a feeding, swallowing and oral care program using the PRECEDE-PROCEED model in an orphanage-hospital in Guatemala (PDF) by Nancy Colodny, Lauren Miller, and Mary Faralli

Navigating Service in Untenured Waters: What it Means to be a Service-Learning Mentor (PDF) by Mary Beth Schaefer and Tracy J. Cannova

An Academic Service Learning (AS-L) Activity within an Undergraduate Course in Pharmacology (PDF) by Blase Billack 

The Office of Academic Service-Learning will recieve considerations for articles about academic service-learning projects accepted for publication in a peer reviewed journal.

Purpose of the Award:

The Academic Service-Learning Publishing Award is intended to:

  • Promote national awareness of St. John’s commitment to experiential teaching and learning, linking meaningful service to the learning experience
  • Encourage discussion and development of service as a rigorous and broadening pedagogical tool
  • Clarify the distinction between volunteering, internships, and service that is integrated with curriculum objectives

Topics to consider for publication:

  • How AS-L linked the classroom and the community
  • How AS-L met a real and existing community need
  • How developing creative opportunities enhanced student’s learning
  • How AS-L has furthered our Vincentian Mission
  • How AS-L provided a unique experience for students
  • How AS-L encourages and generates community-based research

Publishing Resources and Journals on Academic Service-Learning

 

The Office of Academic Service-Learning has an extensive lending library. We encourage faculty to review the titles below or visit our library. If you are interested in a reading a publication from the list below, please contact Lynn Stravino at 718-990-7902 or [email protected] and we can interoffice a copy to your office.

TITLEAUTHOR
A Practitioner's Guide to Reflection in Service LearningJanet Eyler, Dwight E. Giles, Jr. & Angela Schmiede
Academy of Management- Learning and Education (Vol 11 Num 1)Multi
Bridges out of PovertyRuby K. Payne, PHD, Phillip E. DeVol & Terie Dreussi Smith
Civic Engagement Across The CurriculumRichard M. Battistoni Ph.D
Combining Service and Learning (Vol. 1)Jane C. Kendall & Associates
Combining Service and Learning (Vol. 2)Jane C. Kendall & Associates
Community Based Research and Higher EducationKerry Strand & Others
Community Service LearningRahima C. Wade
Expanding BoundariesCorporation for National Service
Extending Our Reach: Voices of Service Learning at CornellPaula Horrigan (Ed.)
From the Ganges to the HudsonJohanna Lessinger
Half Broke HorsesJeanette Walls
Higher Education In The New CenturyPhilip G. Altbach & Patti McGill Peterson (Ed.)
How Service Learning Affects StudentsAlexander W. Astin & others
Introduction to Service Learning ToolkitCampus Compact (Pub.)
Journal ReflectionSuzanne Goldsmith
Knowing and DoingLinda Chisholm (Ed.)
Lessons Learned on the Road to Student Civic EngagementTara Germond & others
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Vol. 1 No. 1 - Fall 1994)Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning (Pub.)
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Vol. 2 - Fall 1995)Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning (Pub.)
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Vol. 3 - Fall 1996)Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning (Pub.)
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Vol. 4 - Fall 1997)Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning (Pub.)
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Vol. 6 - Fall 1999)Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning (Pub.)
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Vol. 7 - Fall 2000)Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning (Pub.)
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Special Issue - Fall 2000)Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning (Pub.)
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Companion Volume - Summer 2001)Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning (Pub.)
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Vol. 8 - No. 1 - Fall 2001)Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning (Pub.)
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Vol. 9 - No. 1 - Fall 2002)Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning (Pub.)
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Vol. 10 - No. 1 - Fall 2003)Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning (Pub.)
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Vol. 10 - No. 2 - Spring 2004)Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning (Pub.)
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Vol. 10 - No. 3 - Summer 2004)Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning (Pub.)
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Vol. 11 - No. 1 - Fall 2004)Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning (Pub.)
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Vol. 11 - No. 2 - Spring 2005)Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning (Pub.)
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Vol. 12 - No. 1 - Fall 2005)Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning (Pub.)
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Vol. 12 - No. 2 - Spring 2006)Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning (Pub.)
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Vol. 14 - No. 1 - Fall 2007)Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning (Pub.)
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Vol 19- No. 1- Fall 2012)Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning (Pub.)
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Vol 19- No. 2- Fall 2012)Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning (Pub.)
Organizing GeniusWarren Bernis
Our Iceberg is MeltingJohn Kotter & Holger Rathgeber
Out of PovertyPaul Polak
Radical CompassionGary Smith, S.J.
Service Learning (TA Manual)Bennion Center
Service Learning: An Annotated BibliographyNational Society for Internships and Experiential Education
Service Learning Across Cultures: Promise and AchievementHumphrey Tonkin & Others
Service-Learning Guide and Journal (Higher Education Edition)Robert Max Schoefield
Service Learning In Higher Education Around the World: An Initial LookHoward A. Berry & Linda A. Chisholm
Service Learning in the CurriculumBennion Center (Pub)
Service Learning in the Disciplines: AccountingEdward Zlotkowski (Series Ed.)
Service Learning in the Disciplines: CompositionEdward Zlotkowski (Series Ed.)
Service Learning in the Disciplines: EngineeringEdward Zlotkowski (Series Ed.)
Service Learning in the Disciplines: Environmental StudiesEdward Zlotkowski (Series Ed.)
Service Learning in the Disciplines: HistoryEdward Zlotkowski (Series Ed.)
Service Learning in the Disciplines: ManagementEdward Zlotkowski (Series Ed.)
Service Learning in the Disciplines: Peace StudiesEdward Zlotkowski (Series Ed.)
Service Learning in the Disciplines: PhilosophyEdward Zlotkowski (Series Ed.)
Service Learning in the Disciplines: Political ScienceEdward Zlotkowski (Series Ed.)
Service Learning in the Disciplines: PsychologyEdward Zlotkowski (Series Ed.)
Service Learning in the Disciplines: Religious StudiesEdward Zlotkowski (Series Ed.)
Service Learning in the Disciplines: SociologyEdward Zlotkowski (Series Ed.)
Service Learning in the Disciplines: SpanishEdward Zlotkowski (Series Ed.)
Service Learning in the Disciplines: Teacher EducationEdward Zlotkowski (Series Ed.)
Service Learning in the Disciplines: Women's StudiesEdward Zlotkowski (Series Ed.)
Soul of a CitizenPaul Rogat Loeb
Speaking of FaithKrista Tippett
STJ Mainchance ProjectHeidi Upton/Belenna Lauto
Student Guide to Service LearningCalifornia State University (Pub)
Student Learning as Student Affairs Work: Responding to our ImperativeElizabeth J. Whitt (Ed.)
Successful Service Learning ProgramsEdward Zlotkowski
Sweet CharityJanet Poppendieck
The Engaged Department ToolkitCampus Compact (Pub.)
The Journal of Public AffairsJohn Strong (Ed.)
The Way of Vincent De PaulRobert P. Maloney C.M.
TriangleKatharine Weber
Turn Everything To LoveRobert P. Maloney C.M.
Up and RunningCampus Compact (Pub.)
Where's The Learning in Service Learning?Janet Eyler & Dwight E. Giles, Jr.

 

Please click on the links below to review articles on Academic Service-Learning.

Academic Service-Learning and Student Learning

  • Does Service-Learning Increase Student Learning? (PDF)
  • A Meta-analysis of the Impact of Service-Learning on Students (PDF)
  • Improving Student Learning with AS-L (PDF)

Academic Service-Learning and Social Justice

  • Teaching for social justice: An ambiguous and uncertain endeavor (PDF)
  • Social Justice and Pedagogy (PDF)
  • Understanding Education for Social Justice (PDF)

Academic Service-Learning and Student Development

  • The Influence of Service Learning on Students’ Personal and Social Development (PDF)
  • Teaching and Learning in the Social Context: A Meta-Analysis of Service Learning’s Effects on Academic, Personal, Social, and Citizenship Outcomes (PDF)
  • A Meta-Analysis on the Effects of Service-Learning on the Social, Personal, and Cognitive Outcomes of Learning (PDF)

Academic Service-Learning Reflection

  • Reflection: Linking Service and Learning—Linking Students and Communities (PDF)

Academic Service-Learning in K-12 Education

  • What Teacher Candidates Learned about Diversity, Social Justice, and Themselves From Service-Learning Experiences (PDF)
  • Making a Meaningful Connection K-12

Additional Reading

  • Advancing the Vincentian (PDF)
  • Campus Compact
  • New York Campus Compact
  • The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
  • Imagining America
  • Corporation for National and Community Service; Service Learning Resources
  • Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning