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Faculty Service-Learning Resources

Over 20 years of research shows that service-learning (SL) is a highly effective approach to teaching and learning, providing numerous benefits to students, instructors, the university, and the community.  Fresno State is committed to making this High Impact Practice a part of the complete educational experience provided by our university.  The university offers an average of 165 service-learning courses each year, which enroll approximately 3,800 students annually.

The Richter Center is dedicated to supporting faculty members and students in all facets of service-learning.  We offer a number of online and in-person training and support, including, but not limited to:

  • The Service-Learning Faculty Development Grant provides professional development funding of $600 to faculty members who participate in a multi-session Faculty Service-Learning Seminar during the 2019-20 academic year. The seminar is designed for veteran and novice service-learning instructors alike. The deadline for submitting an application is October 7th.  The full list can be found on our Request for Proposal form. Please feel free to contact Chris Fiorentino at chrisf@csufresno.edu with any questions about this grant opportunity.
  • The Online Faculty Service-Learning Modules provide excellent background, information, and professional development resources for faculty members who wish to learn more about service-learning, including information on developing a new service-learning course or improving an existing course.
  • The Blackboard Service-Learning Modules are available to faculty members who teach a service-learning course and want access to a variety of service-learning resources, especially ones related to the vital reflection component.  To access the Blackboard Service-Learning Modules, please contact the Richter Center Director, Chris Fiorentino, by calling 559.278.7079 or emailing chrisf@csufresno.edu. 
  • The Richter Center provides a series of online modules designed specifically for students.  Many faculty members use some or all of the Service-Learning Student Modules as a way to introduce students to service-learning and inform them about some of the things that they should expect from a service-learning course, and things that will be expected of them.