Lafayette’s Community-Based Learning and Research (CBLR) Initiative began in 2006 and works to provide the infrastructure to support academic service-learning and community-based research at the College.

It enhances the efforts of faculty across all disciplines whose current teaching and research benefit the community.

The Landis Center supports the development and sustainability of ongoing campus-community partnerships that are mutually beneficial to both community organizations and students as learners.

The faculty members listed below are committed to service learning and CBLR at Lafayette

  • Rex Ahene, Professor of Economics
  • Dan Bauer, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology
  • Jamilla Bookwala, Associate Professor of Psychology
  • David Brandes, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Deborah Byrd, Associate Professor of English
  • Mark Crain, Professor of Economics
  • Bianca Falbo, Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of the College Writing Program
  • Michelle Geoffrion-Vinci, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature (Spanish)
  • Chawne Kimber, Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Art Kney, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Chun Wai Liew, Associate Professor of Computer Science
  • Ann McGillicuddy-DeLisi, Professor of Psychology
  • Steven Mylon, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Chip Nataro, Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Alix Ohlin, Assistant Professor of English
  • Polly Piergiovani, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Elaine Reynolds, Associate Professor of Biology and Neuroscience
  • Rob Root, Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Christopher Ruebeck, Associate Professor of Economics
  • Roger Ruggles, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Kristen Sanford-Bernhardt, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Mary Elizabeth Seetch, Coordinator of the College Writing Program
  • Andrea Smith, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology
  • David Shulman, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology
  • Javad Tavakoli, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

Technology Clinic

The Technology Clinic Program brings together small teams of students to solve real-world problems for a corporate sponsor. The teams spend two semesters working with faculty facilitators and a corporate liaison developing solutions. Since the program’s founding in 1986, teams have worked with clients, large and small, and have developed a wide variety of innovations. The central notion, that complementarity increases the chances of creative solutions, is represented by the fact that all teams are made up of students from the college’s four divisions and that all teams are advised a pair of faculty members, one with a technical background and one from the social sciences or humanities.

Learn more about about Tech Clinic

Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Goverment

The Meyner Center provides education, internships, and public service opportunities for undergraduate students in state and local government at home and abroad; promotes scholarly and applied research and publication on state and local government, especially in the context of federal democracy and intergovernmental relations; and engages in local, regional, and international public service, training, and outreach to state and local governments and civic organizations. The Meyner Center is associated with the College’s Department of Government and Law.

Learn more about the Meyner Center.