The Office of Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) 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.
Please find information on how to get started with AS-L in the subsections below.
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.
Title / Dept.
Library & Information Science
Professor & Chair
Dept. of Management
Clinical Health Professions
Assistant Dean, Service Programs
Associate Professor & Director
Institute for Core Studies &
Discover New York
Associate Professor & Chair
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Institute for Core Studies -DNY
Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
Before the Semester:
Start of Semester:
End of 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:
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 _____________ hours of service at ______________ by________. 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. The 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. The AS-L assignment is due on ____ and will be ______% of the total course grade.
Reflection links the student’s service experience with the learning goals and objectives of your course, and is the graded component of AS-L. Reflection increases student’s critical thinking and problem solving skills while helping them to better understand the 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 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 while creating your reflection assignment:Reflection ProcessReflection Rubric
A reflection rubric has been adapted by Dr. Barrett Brenton, Professor of Anthropology, for grading reflection assignments. Please feel free to use this as a resource when you are designing and grading your student’s reflection assignments.Reflection Rubric
We are available to facilitate a brief introduction to Academic Service-Learning in your classroom at the start of each semester. We can explain what AS-L is and show your students 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. If you are unable to coordinate a live presentation with the AS-L office, feel free to show your students this video for an introduction to Academic Service-Learning.
In addition to a classroom orientation, students will benefit from this packet of written Givepulse tutorials for specific information regarding Givepulse (browsing service sites, registering for service, logging hours). For student teachers in the School of Education, please view this tutorial.
GivePulse is the new Academic Service-Learning reporting platform. All AS-L service opportunities and community service sites can be viewed in GivePulse. Students sign up for service and report service hours in GivePulse and faculty can monitor students' compliance and progress with their AS-L course component in GivePulse. We are excited for the user-friendly nature and practicality of this new system. Following you will find video tutorials and step by step instructions to help you and your students navigate the GivePulse system.
GivePulse tutorial videos for faculty:
Step by step instructions for faculty:
GivePulse tutorial videos for students:
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions:
Office of Academic Service-Learning
Lourdes Hall, Queens Campus
Phone Number: 718-990-8331
Fax Number: 718-990-3441[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.
Past recipients of the Academic Service-Learning Faculty Award include:
For more information on the Academic Service-Learning Faculty Award, please contact Lynn Stravino at 718-990-7902 or [email protected].
The Academic Service-Learning Faculty Development Mini Grant is intended to support the integration of service experiences with the curricular objectives of existing and new course offerings. The grant in the amount of $1,000.00 is intended to help faculty develop new and expand existing academic service-learning initiatives for the upcoming academic year. Individual class initiatives/projects are encouraged. However, preference will be given to proposals that develop sustainable, long-term AS-L projects which last at least one year, and can originate within a department, a college or across colleges within the University.
Full-time faculty, part-time faculty and professional teaching staff are eligible to apply for this grant. Applicants can be individuals or collaborations. Faculty may only apply for one mini-grant per academic year.
Applications will become available in the spring semester. The application deadline is typically the end of April and awards are distributed by July 1st.
Criteria for Mini-Grant Proposal
2021-2022 AS-L Mini-Grant Recipients
Please click here to read more about each of the awarded projects.
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
Awareness of the Profession of Audiology Among Ethnically Diverse Adolescents: A Pre- and Post-Education Study (PDF) by Shruti Balvalli Deshpandea.
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.
Please click on the links below to review articles on Academic Service-Learning.
Academic Service-Learning and Student Learning
Academic Service-Learning and Social Justice
Academic Service-Learning and Student Development
Academic Service-Learning Reflection
Academic Service-Learning in K-12 Education
Publishing Resources and Journals on Academic Service-Learning
Click here for an orientation video to share with your online students about Academic Service-Learning. Here are the introduction letter and intake form to provide to your students living outside of New York City. Please edit the highlighted portions in the Introduction letter and have students return the intake form to you for approval.
Office of Academic Service-Learning
Vincentian Institute for Social Action
Louis Saavedra, Assistant Director
Lorraine Wright, Coordinator
Reach out to AS-L Graduate Assistants:
“This was another wonderful year with AS-L. Students expressed happiness about doing the hours. You made it work virtually, as I knew you would! Thank you again."
"Thank you for your support during these unusual times. AS-L is more important than ever now."
"The AS-L team is professional, flexible, and highly supportive of me and my classes as students virtually completed their AS-L assignments. Bravo."