Information for Faculty

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Core Concepts of CBL

  • Combines volunteering objectives with learning objectives
  • Activities change both the recipient and the volunteer
  • Structured opportunities for self-reflection and self-discovery
  • Acquisition of values, experiential learning, and skills

How CSA Can Help Faculty

  • The Community-based Learning program is the integration of community service with academic inquiry and learning.
  • CSA partners with faculty members to create active learning experiences that . . .
    • Draw on academic inquiry
    • Draw on concrete relationships with people in need and the agencies that serve them.

Program Accomplishments

Since 2003, the Community-Based Learning program has involved a total of . . .

  • 164 courses
  • 3,045 students
  • 39,347 service hours

Disciplines Involved in the CBL Program

  • Economics
  • Theological Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Modern Languages
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Management
  • Philosophy


The Center for Service & Action has the potential to be a full-service ‌resource‌ for supporting faculty interested in CBL.

  • Collaborate with faculty on integrating the components of CBL into curriculum.
  • Match service placements that will provide experiences complementary to learning goals.
  • Administer all aspects of the relationship between LMU and our community partners.
  • Provide guidance to students about service placements and transportation strategies.
  • Assess the efficacy of the CBL experience with students, faculty, and community partners.
  • Collaborate with the Center for Teaching Excellence in offering CBL discussions.
  • Provide a yearly seminar/workshop for faculty interested in CBL.

National CBL & Service Learning Resources

Create a CBL Course

If you are interested in creating a Community-based learning course or would like more information, please contact Lezlee Matthews Ph.D, Director at or (310) 338-2959.