Faculty Partners in Community Service Learning

University of Redlands Faculty support the impact and importance of experiential learning. The following faculty have incorporated service learning into their courses by partnering with non-profit agencies connecting curriculum with community.

Greg Lackey

ACCT-360.01: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance – Greg Lackey

Topics in Federal and California income tax regulations for filing basic income tax returns. Introduction to issues of providing volunteer service. Experiential learning is required through a community service component. This course is not eligible to count toward a minor in accounting.


 Lawrence Finsen

AST-250.01TRVL: Service in Cambodia – Dr. Lawrence Finsen

This travel course combines study of contemporary Cambodia and working on service projects. Service projects include such things as working at an elephant forest conservation project and teaching in schools. Field trips explore places like Phnom Penh, Angkor Temples and the forest/jungle of Mondulkiri.


 Mara Winick

BUS-310: Principles of Management, Organizational Behavior – Dr. Mara Winick

Dynamics of individual and group behavior are explored, in addition to selected topics of entrepreneurship, technology, and strategic planning.  Student are asked to view the internal workings of organizations.


 Barbara Conboy

CDIS-260.01: TRVL: Service Learning Latina America – Dr. Barbara Conboy

Experiential learning, self-reflection, reading, writing, and discussion are used to foster an understanding of cross-cultural differences in educational approaches and the broad impact of language-learning differences (e.g., bilingualism, language disorders) on children's educational outcomes. Students work with children in community-based educational programs. Open to non-majors. Previous coursework in Spanish is recommended.


 Rebecca Lyons

CHEM-360.01: Environment Chem Field Experience – Dr. Rebecca Lyons

Environmental Chemistry Field Experience and Modeling takes place at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL). This course deepens understanding of natural systems, including chemical analysis of lakes, soils, and atmosphere; there is a GIS and mapping component. The final project consists of a comprehensive model of the study site.


 Katelyn Argumosa

CSAC-360A.01: Into the Streets – Katelyn Argumosa

Students serve a variety of non-profit agencies which may include service at shelters, animal rescue sanctuaries, trail clean-ups, schools and food drives. The course schedule varies depending on service needs. Groups may be participating evening and weekends.


Erin Sanborn

CSAC 361A.01: Ropes Course – Erin Sanborn

This course trains U of R students to facilitate trust and team building exercises through low ropes activities to group visiting campus. Typically meets Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm with some evenings and weekends.

CSAC 365B.01: Spring Break Plunge – Erin Sanborn

This in-country travel course takes place during spring break. It is a seven (7) day service outreach trip typically focused on serving in a disaster zone or areas with a critical need. Pre- and post-trip meetings are required.


Eric Tengler

CSAC 363A.01: Community and Urban Gardens – Eric Tengler

Students will explore the benefits and challenges of farming and landscaping in city environments. Duties will include planting, weeding, harvesting, composting, irrigation systems, vermiculture and watering. All requisite training will be provided on-site either by the garden coordinator or student employees. Students will also participate in off-campus outreach events.


 Mike Maynard

CSAC 366B.01: Bulldogs in Service – Coach Mike Maynard

This course is for members of the football team who attend an intensive service outreach trip during May Break.


 Hillary Jenkins

EVST-250.01: Environmental Design Studio I – Dr. Hillary Jenkins

Students work collaboratively in teams on environmental problem-solving projects. Many studios make use of GIS and other spatial analysis tools. Research concepts and tools become more complex in advanced levels of this sequence.


 Wendy McIntyre

EVST-325.01: Public Lands Management – Dr. Wendy McIntyre

Overview of the origins and history of public lands in the U.S. (National Parks, National Forests, Bureau of Land Management lands, and others). Exploration of policies governing public lands and historic and current management practices. Controversial issues on public lands will be examined and debated as will compromises and solutions.


 Daniel Klooster

EVST -350: Environmental Design Studio II – Dr. Daniel Klooster

Students work collaboratively in teams on environmental problem-solving projects.  Many students make use of GIS and other spatial analysis tools.  Research concepts and tools become more complex in advanced levels of this sequence.


 Andrew Hollis

FS100.09: Connecting with the Wild:  Wilderness, Leadership, and Adventure – Andrew Hollis

This seminar focuses on the concepts of wilderness, leadership, and adventure as context for exploring growth and development.  As a WA course, students will dedicate time developing both their formal and informal writing as a way of exploring ideas and understanding the many topics covered in the classroom.   Additionally this course will offer opportunities for experiential education through hands-on outdoor experiences.


 Barbara Pflanz

FS100.23 Brave (the) New World - Harnessing the Power of Digital Imaging: Dr. Barbara Pflanz

Have you ever been captivated by the stunning images of a well-designed magazine advertisement, a lead-in presentation for a major sporting event, or the flash-dazzle of a computer adventure game?Perhaps you have wished to try your own hand at this absorbing activity. This seminar can help you do that. We will learn to take better portraits and explore some unique ways to create images. In addition, we will use our photographic skills to serve a number of non-profit organizations in the area.


 Ben Dillow

FS100.32 Mother Goose, Dr. Seuss, and Once Upon A Time: Ben Dillow

So you think you would like to be an elementary school teacher? Well, here’s the course for you! At its core, the class is a performance class in speech because teachers talk a lot. Teachers also do a lot of juggling—and so we’ll practice that art as well—we’ll see how curricular demands imposed upon the teacher shape their teaching, and how understanding how children learn helps organize class materials to meet these goals. We’ll embrace the rich anchoring role of children’s literature and we’ll grapple with a host of pedagogical tools the teacher needs to perfect in order to enhance student learning. And, oh yes, Mother Goose students will intern at Franklin Elementary this fall as well—to see how theory in applied and theory is practiced and what happens to theory when real live kids are filtered into the mix!


 Shellie Zias-Roe

FS34 Sowing the Seeds of Community Resilience: Engaging in Civic Ecological Practices (Civic Ecology):  Shellie Zias-Roe

Civic Ecology is the study of community-driven environmental stewardship practices, their outcomes for individuals, communities and ecosystems, and their interaction with the governance, institutions and social-ecological systems in which they take place. Civic ecology practices—such as community gardening, wetlands restoration, and tree planting—are just a few examples of ways for people to express resilience within communities. This course is designed to include participation in a civic ecology service-learning project. 


 Peter Lock

LBST 201.01: Studies in Education - Dr. Peter Lock

Specific content varies offering to offering. An introduction to research, educational philosophy and practice as it relates to specific subject matter areas. This course allows students the opportunity to relate their own educational experiences and knowledge of disciplinary subject matter to their developing philosophy of education. Community service component included.


 Kathie Jenni

PHIL-121.01: Animal Ethics and Service – Dr. Kathie Jenni

An introduction to animal ethics incorporating philosophical readings, films, discussions, writing reflections, and hands-on experience volunteering for a variety of animal organizations. Occasional weekend field-trips to animal rescues.


 Renee Van Vechten

POLI-354.01: Immigration Politics and Policy – Dr. Renee Van Vechten

Explores the concept of citizenship and how it relates to immigration policies, human rights, public benefits, legal privileges and civic duties; borders and security; statelessness and exclusion; and, how wars, terrorism, globalization, climate change, and other phenomena affect immigration flows amd policies in the U.S. and globally.

 Fran Grace

REL250.01: Compassion – Dr. Fran Grace

The Compassion course explores what it means to live a life of compassion.  We study the compassion teachings of the world's religions, with a focus on such great exemplars as Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Viktor Frankl, and poet Mary Oliver.  Students apply the compassion teachings to everyday life, as well as practice them within a community service site.  Past examples include a safe house for homeless teenagers, hospice care for the dying, tutoring for children with autism, shelters for abandoned animals, older adults in nursing homes, a facility for medically fragile children, and many other service locations.

 Jennifer Tilton

REST-325.01 : Juvenile Justice: Coming of Age – Dr. Jennifer Tilton

This course uses the juvenile justice system as a lens through which we can understand how race, class and gender shape coming of Age in America. Students will learn about the juvenile justice system from the inside out in a shared classroom with young men who are incarcerated in San Bernardino.

REST-325: Race and Criminal Justice Policy – Dr. Jennifer Tilton

This class will examine how race and gender affect our criminal justice policies at different points in policy-making and implementation, including arrest, trial, sentencing as well as the broad effects our criminal justice policies have on our communities, families and ideas of race and citizenship.

 Sara Falkenstien

SALZ-240.01: Austria in Europe – Sara Falkenstien

History, Identity, Remembrance.  This course is designed to introduce students to the history, culture, and economics of Austria and its place in Europe from early settlement to the present day.  We will study Austria’s role in the Roman Empire Austria-Hungary, World Wars I and II, the Soviet Empire and Austria’s eventual membership in the European Union.  Extensive travel around Austria, Europe, and the Balkans complements in-class work.  Service outreach at local non-profits are included.


 Jim Spickard

SOAN-324.01: Hunger and Homelessness in America – Dr. Jim Spickard

This course explores the social, economic, and political causes of homelessness and hunger in the United States, mainly as a consequence of severe poverty.  It combines classroom study with field experiences and community service work in outside agencies dedicated to addressing this social problem.