Center for Service-Learning (CSL)

Announcing Interim Director & CSL Resources

Dr. David Steitz is the Interim Director of the CSL this spring

David Steitz is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Gerontology Program. His teaching and research are focused on enhancing student learning through involvement with, and service in, the community. He has previously served as a Service-Learning Scholar for Center for Service-Learning representing the College of Arts and Sciences and has presented his work and various local, state, and international conferences. David will act as Interim Director this spring semester while Brian Bailey is on sabbatical.

How can the CSL support you?

The Center for Service-Learning:
  • Supports faculty who wish to integrate service-learning into their courses.
  • Assists faculty in developing and maintaining reciprocal community-college partnerships.
  • Encourages faculty and students to identify community needs and to involve community partners when designing the service-learning experience.
  • Supports faculty members and community partners in assessing the impact of the partnership on both the student learning and the community.

What is Service-Learning?

Service-Learning is a high-impact teaching method that involves Nazareth College students, faculty, and staff collaborating with community partners in order to 1) learn knowledge and skills that are connected to course objectives and 2) meet the needs of a community partner. Service-Learning also includes community-engaged scholarship which involves collaborations between Nazareth College and community partners while prioritizing community issues in determining the objectives of a community-based project.

As a part of the Center for Civic Engagement, we believe that service-learning and community engagement exists on a continuum, with much variation in the strength and intensity of the community-academic collaboration. As such, we support all faculty who are willing to draw on service-learning pedagogies and research methods for deep learning at Naz, regardless of where that participation falls on the continuum.

Service-Learning Resources Available:

  • Each semester, many faculty incorporate service-learning into their courses. This email is to remind you that the Center for Service-Learning is able to reimburse a certain number of faculty (until that CSL budget line is depleted!) for some of the costs associated with your service-learning efforts up to $200. Some faculty have used these funds towards expenses such as transportation, food, or materials when hosting a community partner on campus or a recognition event for your students. In order to access funding, click here to complete a brief form online. Alicia Collins, Data Management Specialist in Academic Affairs, will follow up with you regarding the reimbursement process once the online form has been submitted. Contact Alicia Collins ( or 585-389-2633 if you have questions.

  • Departmental and individual faculty consultations – David Steitz is acting as Interim Director for the Center for Service-Learning while Brian Bailey is on sabbatical. Feel free to contact David at

Service-Learning resources for faculty are also available on the Center for Service-Learning's website.