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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. 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. 

    In the 2012-2013 academic year, 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 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

  2. Spring 2014 'S' Courses

    Foundations of Public Service 
    Professor: Marty O'Connor
    General Chemistry II 
    Professor: Tiffany Hesser
    Management and Organization
    Professor: Dale Finn
    Human Resource Development
    Professor: Khadija Al Arkoubi
    Adolescent Development
    Professor: Amanda Bozack
    Community Nutrition
    Helena Hoover-Litty

  3. Meet the Staff

    Academic Service-Learning
    Location: Kaplan 210

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

    Alix Lawson 
    Associate of Academic Service-Learning
    Phone: (203) 479-4826 
    Contact Alix about  the AmeriCorps VISTA program,  Careers for Common Good, and Community Mapping 

    Danielle Masso
    Academic Service-Learning and Community Work Study Coordinator
    Contact Danielle about the Community Work Study Program 
    Sara Dampf and Ashley Piecewicz
    Academic Service-Learning Assistants
    Phone: (203) 932-7175
  4. Upcoming Events

    Coming soon. Check back for upcoming Academic Service Learning events and information.

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