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Academic Service-Learning

University of New Haven Academic Service-Learning

What is Academic Service-Learning?

Academic Service-Learning is an educational approach that combines learning objectives with service objectives in order to deepen a student’s understanding in a specific discipline.  It’s a form of experiential education, where students participate in community service projects that fulfill an actual community need. 

An important part of academic service learning is reflection, during which the student sees how the community service experience ties in with what he or she learns in class. Reflection can be carried out through reading, writing, doing, or telling.  The ultimate goal is to apply the knowledge gained through reflection to real-life situations.

Does a student earn credit and a grade for Academic Service-Learning?  Yes — for the learning, not the service.  We know that serving others is its own reward.


  1. Meet the Staff

    Academic Service-Learning
    Location: Kaplan 210

    Sally Anastos
    Director of Academic Service-Learning
    Phone: (203) 479-4588

    Sarafina Robinson
    Academic Service-Learning and Community Work Study Coordinator 
    Phone: (203) 479-4829
    Contact Sarafina about the Community Work Study Program

    Melanie Gonzalez
    Academic Service-Learning Special Events Coordinator
    Phone: (203) 479-4829

    Sara Dampf and Ashley Piecewicz
    Academic Service-Learning Assistants
    Phone: (203) 932-7175



  2. Upcoming Events

    Service Learning Scholars Workshop

    For Faculty: Learn how to develop your own service learning course during this 2-day workshop
    May 20th & 21st, 2015
    9:00am - 3:00pm 
    Kaplan Hall, Room 207
    Registration is required
    Contact Sally Anastos at





  3. Fall 2015 'S' Courses

    Criminal Justice
    Victim Law and Service Administration (CJST 4413_01S)
    Professor: Barbara Moynihan 

    Legal Studies
    ST: Veteran's Legal Issues (LSTD 4456_01S)
    Professor: Darren Pruslow

    Political Science
    ST: Ideas into Law (PSCI 4494_01S)
    Professor: Chris Haynes

    Contemporary Social Problems (SOCI 1114_01S) 
    Professor: Patrick McGrady

    University Course
    Oskar Schindler Humanities  (UNIV 4501_01S)
    Professor: David Schroeder

  4. CWS

    The CWS (Community Work Study) program places undergraduate students at nonprofit and public organizations in the Greater New Haven area. The students are compensated entirely through Federal Work Study funds, allowing students to have regular income at no cost to the community organization. Students work from September-May for about 8-10 hours a week. 

    Students in the Community Work Study program worked a total of 5,832 hours. The value of that service according to the independent is $162,527.94!

    To be considered for the CWS program, organizations must be federally recognized 501 (c)(3) nonprofits. Students must have federal work study and go through an application process with the Academic Service-Learning Office.

    For questions about the CWS program and how you can get involved, email us at

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