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Indiana University Purdue University IndianapolisRobert Bringle

Chancellor’s Professor of Psychology and Philanthropic Studies

Executive Director, IUPUI Center for Service and Learning


Dr. Bringle’s work as Executive Director of the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning since 1994 has resulted in an expansion of the number of service learning courses, a curriculum for faculty development, a Community Service Scholars program, an America Reads tutoring program, and a HUD Community Outreach Partnership Center. The IUPUI service learning program was ranked 8th best in the nation among all colleges and universities in 2002 and has been listed among the best programs each subsequent year. IUPUI received a Presidential Award in 2006 as part of the first President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. 

His scholarly interests for service learning, community service, and civic engagement include student and faculty attitudes and motives, educational outcomes, institutionalization, and assessment and measurement issues. He has published With Service in Mind: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Psychology (edited with D. Duffy), Colleges and Universities as Citizens (edited with R. Games & E. Malloy), and The Measure of Service Learning: Research Scales to Assess Student Experiences (with M. Phillips and M. Hudson).

Dr. Bringle was awarded the School of Science Teaching Award in 1994, the SOS Service Award in 1995, the Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning in 1998, the Brian Hiltunen Faculty Award from Indiana Campus Compact in 2000, and the W. George Pinnell Award for Service from Indiana University in 2003. In 2004, he was recognized at the 4th Annual International Service-Learning Research Conference for his outstanding contributions to the service-learning research field. He consults with other campuses, on national initiatives, and internationally (South Africa, Macedonia, Mexico, Egypt) on issues related to community service and civic engagement. He was Volunteer of the Year in 2001 for Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis. The University of the Free State, South Africa, awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2004 for his scholarly work on civic engagement and service learning.

Dr. Bringle has also been involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs directed at talented undergraduate psychology majors, high school psychology teachers, first-year students, and the introductory psychology course.  As a social psychologist, he is widely known for his research on jealousy in close relationships. In 2008, Dr. Bringle was recognized as one of the most prominent alumni scientists by his alma mater, Hanover College.

Service learning (e.g., course design, partnerships, reflection, assessment)
Civic engagement (e.g., institutional infrastructure, scholarship of engagement, promotion and tenure)
Student and faculty attitudes and motives
Institutionalization (e.g., portfolios, assessment, accreditation, engaged department initiatives)
Assessment and measurement issues 

Years of relevant experience: 15

Relevant Publications:

Bringle, R.G., Hatcher, J.A., & Jones, S.G. (Eds.).  (Forthcoming). International service learning: Conceptual models and research. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Bringle, R. G., & Hatcher, J. A. (2007). Current trends in service learning and civic engagement and their implications for higher education. Education as Change, 11(3), 79-89.

Bringle, R. G., Hatcher, J. A., & Holland, B. (2007). Conceptualizing civic engagement: orchestrating change at a metropolitan university. Metropolitan Universities, 18(3).

Bringle, R.G., Jones, S.G., & Pike, G. (in press).  Faculty perceptions of civic engagement and service learning.  In M. Moore & P.L. Lind (Eds.), Service-Learning in Higher Education: Paradigms and Challenges.  Indianapolis, IN: University of Indianapolis Press.

Hatcher, J. A., & Bringle, R. G. (in press).  Developing your assessment plan: A key component of reflective practice. In B. Jacoby & P. Mutascio (Eds.), Establishing and sustaining the community service-learning professional: A guide for self-directed learning.

Bringle, R. G., Hatcher, J. A., & Clayton, P. H. (2006). The scholarship of civic engagement: Defining, documenting, and evaluating faculty work. To Improve the Academy, 25, 257-279.

Bringle, R. G., Hatcher, J. A., Jones, S., & Plater, W. M. (2006). Sustaining civic
engagement: Faculty development, roles, and rewards.  Metropolitan Universities, 17(1), 62-74.

Bringle, R. G., Hatcher, J. A., & MacIntosh, R. (2006). Analyzing Morton’s typology of service paradigms and integrity. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 13(1), 5-15.


Center for Service and Learning

Indianapolis, IN

Mission: Involve students, faculty, and staff in service activities that mutually benefit the campus and community.

Staff size:

Overview of programs:
Service Learning
Community service
Neighborhood Partnerships
Community Work Study


Contact Information:
Telephone: (317) 274-6753           
Fax: (317) 274-6756