Dr. Robert Bringle

Senior Scholar and Consultant
Center for Service and Learning, IUPUI


Dr. Bringle is an independent consultant on service learning and civic engagement (e.g., service learning, assessment, faculty roles and rewards, scholarship and research). His current academic appointments at IUPUI are Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus, Psychology and Philanthropic Studies, and Senior Scholar, Center for Service and Learning. 

From 2012-2015, he was the Kulynych/Cline Visiting Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State University.  Prior to that, he served as Executive Director of the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning (1994-2012), his work with Julie Hatcher 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.  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.  

Dr. Bringle was awarded the Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning in 1998, the IUPUI Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011, and the Legacy of Service Award from Indiana Campus Compact in 2012. 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, Ireland, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore) 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 was recognized as one of the prominent alumni scientists by his alma mater, Hanover College.