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 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.

  • Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts (BCLA)

    Mariano Bertucci

    Visiting Professor, Political Science


    Danielle Borgia

    Adjunct Professor, Women's Studies


    Chris Chapple

    Professor, Theological Studies


    Elissa Cutter

    Instructor, Theological Studies


    Brett Hoover

    Assistant Professor, Theological Studies


    Cecilia Gonzalez-Andriue

    Associate Professor, Theological Studies


    Ricardo Machon

    Professor, Psychology


    Alicia Partnoy

    Associate Professor, Spanish


    Mona Seymour

    Associate Professor, Urban and Environmental Studies



  • College of Business (COB)

    Gerald Alcantar

    Lecturer, Management


    Ellen Ensher

    Professor, Management


    Stan Lewis

    Professor, Business


    Cathleen McGrath

    Associate Professor, Management


    Dustin Reece

    Lecturer, Management



  • School of Education (SOE)

    Helen Kim

    Lecturer, Ed. Support Services


    William Parham

    Professor and Department Chair, Educational Support Services


    Elizabeth Reilly

    Professor and Department Chair, Educational Leadership


    Maureen Schaukowitch

    Lecturer, Urban Education



  • Frank F. Seaver College of Science and Engineering

    Heather Tarleton

    Associate Professor, Health and Human Sciences

  • College of Communication & Fine Arts (CFA)

    Saeri Dobson

    Associate Professor, Art and Art History


    Paige Edley

    Associate Professor, Communication Studies


    Susan McDaniel

    Lecturer, Communication Studies


    Nina Reich

    Associate Professor, Communication Studies