Robert Gordon Bringle
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Chancellor's Professor of Psychology and Philanthropic Studies
Senior Scholar, IUPUI Center for Service and Learning
Dr. Bringle has 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. He was the executive director of the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis Center for Service and Learning (1994-2012). His work resulted in an expansion 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. His scholarly interests for service learning and civic engagement include student and faculty attitudes and motives, educational outcomes, institutionalization, and assessment issues.
Bringle recently co-edited Research on Service Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Assessment, volumes 2A: Students and Faculty, and 2B: Communities, Institutions, and Partnerships (2013); Research on Student Civic Outcomes in Service Learning (2016); and Practical Wisdom for Conducting Research on Service Learning (2019). He also co-authored Service Learning in Psychology: Enhancing Undergraduate Education for the Public Good (2015). He was awarded the Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award and the IUPUI Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and 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, Ireland, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, the Netherlands) on issues related to civic engagement. 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.
Areas of Expertise
- Institutionalization of service learning and civic engagement
- Faculty development activities for service learning and civic engagement
- Designing and conducting research on service learning and civic engagement
- Partnerships, reflection, and program design for service learning and civic engagement
- Assessment and measurement of service learning and civic engagement