Information for Faculty


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 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 Director of CBL, Lezlee Matthews, Ph.D., at or (310) 338-2959.

Alicia Partnoy
Associate Professor, Spanish

Brett Hoover
Assistant Professor, Theological Studies

Cathleen McGrath
Associate Professor, Management

Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu
Associate Professor, Theological Studies

Chris Chapple
Professor, Theological Studies

Danielle Borgia
Adjunct Professor, Women's Studies

Dustin Reece
Lecturer, Management

Elissa Cutter
Instructor, Theological Studies

Elizabeth Reilly
Professor and Dept. Chair, Educational Leadership

Ellen Ensher
Professor, Management

Gerald Alcantar
Lecturer, Management

Heather Tarleton
Associate Professor, Health and Human Sciences

Helen Kim
Lecturer, Ed. Support Services

Mariano Bertucci
Visiting Professor, Political Science

Maureen Schaukowitch
Lecturer, Urban Education

Mona Seymour
Associate Professor, Urban and Environmental Studies

Nina Reich
Associate Professor, Communication Studies

Paige Edley
Associate Professor, Communication Studies

Rebecca Sager
Associate Professor, Sociology

Ricardo Machon
Professor, Psychology

Saeri Dobson
Associate Professor, Art and Art History

Stan Lewis
Professor, Business

Susan McDaniel
Lecturer, Communication Studies

William Parham
Professor and Dept. Chair, Educational Support Services