Resources for Course Development

Funding Resources

Through a bequest of James J. Marshall and Ellen O'Connor Marshall, the College has established a fund to encourage the creative and intellectual involvement of students and faculty with the Worcester Community in order to enhance the quality of life in Worcester and build closer ties between the College and the community. Financial support is available on a competitive basis for service, research, and community-based learning projects that are of academic benefit to Holy Cross students and/or faculty and of benefit to the people of Worcester. Applications are available in the beginning of each semester and should be submitted to the Donelan Office by the listed due date. Please see the Marshall Memorial Fund webpage for further information.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Scholarship in Action program (SIA) provides funding to advance Worcester-based faculty research that makes an impact and that provides rich experiential learning opportunities for Holy Cross students. Through SIA, our community partners and faculty find innovative solutions to universal problems, and our students get a taste for how the liberal arts and the Holy Cross mission can reshape the world. Please see the Scholarship in Action webpage for further information.

Online Resources for Course Development

Campus Compact maintains syllabi from a variety of disciplines to assist with course development.  Campus Compact also worked with Dr. Dwight Giles and Dr. Matt Roy to develop a six module series of "Designing and Delivering a Service Learning Course."  Learn & Serve America's Faculty Toolkit for Service-Learning in Higher Education includes step-by-step practical advice on designing a CBL course.  This Google Doc (DOC) includes a number of helpful resources for preparing to teach CBL courses or do CBL projects online/remotely. 

CBL Activity Ideas

Kerissa Heffernan's book, Fundamentals of service-learning course construction is available in the Donelan Office and includes guidelines on developing syllabi with numerous examples of syllabi that meet these guidelines. Read about specific examples of CBL activities from a variety of disciplines from her book and other sources outlined below.

Sample Syllabi from CBL Courses at Holy Cross:

The Donelan Office also maintains additional faculty syllabi from a variety of disciplines that can be reviewed.

Books Available through the Dinand Library

Discipline-Specific books:
Adler-Kassner, L., Crooks, R. & Watter, A. (2006). Writing the community: concepts and models for service-learning in composition. Urbana, Ill.: National Council of Teachers in English. (Available in Dinand PE1405.U6 W765) 

Baca, I. (2012). Service-learning and writing: paving the way for literacy(ies) through community engagement. ProQuest Academic Complete (E-Book available through Dinand)

Balliet, B. J., & Heffernan, K. (2002). The practice of change: concepts and models for service-learning in women’s studies. Washington, D.C.: American Association for Higher Education (Available in Dinand HQ1181.U5 P73)

Battistoni, R. M. & Hudson, W. E. (2006). Experiencing citizenship: concepts and models for service-learning in political science. Sterling, VA: American Association for Higher Education. (Available in Dinand JA88.U6 E95)

Bringle, R. G. & Duffy, D. K. (2006). With service in mind: concepts and models for service-learning in psychology. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. (Available in Dinand BF77.W58)

Brubaker, D. C. & Ostroff, J. H. (2006). Life, learning, and community: concepts and models for service-learning in biology. Sterling, VA: American Association for Higher Education. (Available in Dinand QH315.L47)

Devine, R., Favazza, J. A. & McLain, F. M. (2002). From cloister to commons: concepts and models for service-learning in religious studies. Washington, D.C.: American Association for Higher Education (Available in Dinand BL41.F76)

Danielson, S. & Fallon, A. (2007). Community-based learning and the work of literature. Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing. (Available in Dinand LC1036.5 .C65)

Hadlock, C. (2005). Mathematics in service to the community: Concepts and models for service-learning in the mathematical sciences. Washington, D.C.: Mathematical Association of America. (Available in Dinand LC220.5M38)

Harkavy, I. & Donovan, B. M. (2002). Connecting past and present: concepts and models for service-learning in history. Washington, D.C.: American Association for Higher Education (Available in Dinand D16.2.C725)

Hellebrandt J. & Varona, L. T. (2005). Construyendo puentes = Building bridges: concepts and models for service-learning in Spanish. Sterling, VA: American Association for Higher Education (Available in Dinand PC4068.U6 C66)

Kramer, L., & Freedman Fask, J. (2017). Creative collaborations through inclusive theatre and community based learning students in transition. New York : Palgrave Macmillan. (E-book available through Dinand)

Lisman, D. & Harvey, I. E. (2006). Beyond the tower: concepts and models for service-learning in philosophy. Sterling, VA: American Association for Higher Education (Available in Dinand B52.B48)

Maas Weigert, K. & Crews, R. J. (1999). Teaching for justice: concepts and models for service-learning in peace studies. Washington, D.C.: American Association for Higher Education (Available in Dinand JZ5534.T435)

Ostrow, J., Hesser, G. & Enos, S. (1999). Cultivating the sociological imagination: concepts and models for service-learning in sociology. Washington, D.C.: American Association for Higher Education (Available in Dinand HM45.C84)

Rama, D. V. (2007). Learning by doing: concepts and models for service-learning in accounting. Washington, D.C.: American Association for Higher Education. (Available in Dinand HF5630.L43)

Ward, H. (2006). Acting locally: concepts and models for service-learning in environmental studies. Sterling, VA: American Association for Higher Education (Available in Dinand GE80.A28)

Recommended Books Related to Service-Learning, CBL, and Community Engagement:

Bringle, R., Hatcher, J., & Jones, S. (Eds.) (2011). International service learning conceptual frameworks and research. IUPUI series on service learning research Volume 1. ProQuest Academic Complete (E-book available through Dinand)

Butin, D. (Ed.) 2005. Service-learning in higher education critical issues and directions. New York : Palgrave Macmillan. (E-book available through Dinand)

Clayton, P., Bringle, R., Hatcher, J. (Eds.) (2013). Research on service learning. Volume 2B, Communities, institutions, and partnerships : conceptual frameworks and assessment. IUPUI series on service learning research Volume 2B. ProQuest Academic Complete (E-book available through Dinand)

Eyler, J. & Giles, D. (1999). Where's the learninig in service-learning? San Francisco : Jossey-Bass. (Available in Dinand LC220.5.E95)

Furco, A. & Billig, S. (Eds.) (2001). Service-learning: the essence of the pedagogy. Greenwich, CT : Information Age Publishers. (Available in Dinand LC220.5.S473)

Rhoads, R. & Howard, J. (Eds.) (1998). Academic service learning : a pedagogy of action and reflection. San Francisco : Jossey-Bass Publishers. (Available in Dinand LC221 .A23)

Saltmarsh, J. & Harltey, M. (Eds.) (2011). "To serve a larger purpose" : engagement for democracy and the transformation of higher education. Philadelphia : Temple University Press. (E-book available through Dinand or Dinand LA227.4 .T6)

Zlotkowski, E. & Saltmarsh, J. (Eds.) (2011). Higher education and democracy essays on service-learning and civic engagement. Philadelphia : Temple University Press. (E-book available through Dinand)

The Donelan Office also maintains a library with numerous books that can be borrowed.