Call for Papers

The 8th International Symposium on Service-Learning (ISSL)

Critical Service-Learning Across the Globe: Transforming Teaching into Social Action (Part 2)

University of Nicosia, June 2022*


Transformation has become a central discussion theme in the higher education landscape worldwide. Forecasts reveal that higher education institutions might become virtual entities that compete for survival, which will render face-to-face interaction of the lecture hall redundant.

Out-of-classroom learning spaces will likely become more important as students will learn in their own communities. Service-learning is a transformative pedagogy that emphasizes out of classroom experiences as a learning space, the community as a textbook and where theory becomes practice.

The purpose of the 8th International Symposium on Service-Learning is to focus on transitions in higher education and the role that critical service-learning plays in social transformation. For this, the Symposium splits into two parts: one taking place in virtual format in June 2021, and an in-person Symposium at the University of Nicosia in June 2022.

One of the main areas of focus will be on student and faculty delivery of critical service-learning experiences and becoming agents of positive change for their communities and universities. We will learn more about the significant role that service-learning plays in students becoming more engaged and active citizens, faculty teaching in more critical and collaborative ways, and the community growing into living knowledge incubators. These focal points will be threaded throughout a variety of presentation types and formats to allow for meaningful dialogue among academics, community partners, students, and other professionals.

The 8th International Symposium aims to:

  1. Explore the complexities of transitions and transformation within higher education across the world.
  2. Enhance the systemic transformative social impact of critical service-learning in society.
  3. Illuminate and enhance service-learning as an innovative transformative pedagogy for social change.
  4. Strengthen networking between different institutions of higher education and community partners on a global scale.
  5. Proliferate participation in service-learning practice in higher education by developing a community of practice through this conference.


The 8th International Symposium on Service-Learning (ISSL) is a two-part symposium. Part 1 took place in June 2021 in virtual format. Part 2, which will take place in person, will build on the momentum generated by past symposia:

  • The 1st ISSL, Service-Learning Models for the 21st Century: Intercommunity, Interdisciplinary, International was held at Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 2005.
  • The 2nd ISSL, Service-Learning in Higher Education: Paradigms and Challenges, was held in 2007 at the University of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
  • The 3rd ISSL, Service-Learning in Higher Education: Educators, Communities, and Students, was held in November 2009 at the University of Indianapolis campus in Athens, Greece.
  • The 4th ISSL, Service-Learning in Higher Education: Connecting the Global to the Local was held in September 2011 in Ningbo, China.
  • The 5th ISSL, Service-Learning across the Globe: from Local to Transnational was held in November 2013 in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
  • The 6th ISSL, Service-Learning as a Global Movement: Transforming Communities & Higher Education was held in May 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
  • The 7th ISSL, Service-Learning as a Response to Global Transitions in Higher Education: Opportunities for Transforming Higher Education and Advancing Social Impact was held in June 2017 in Galway, Ireland.
  • The 8th ISSL (Part 1), Critical Service-Learning Across the Globe: Transforming Teaching into Social Action in June 2021, Virtual Symposium


In our quest to contribute to service-learning as a transformative pedagogy, proposals could cover one of the following:

  1. Integrating Service-Learning through Multicultural and/or Multidisciplinary methodologies in higher education
  2. The transformation of education and service learning through global crises and events
  3. Collaborative curriculum design and research (interdisciplinary and/or with the community)
  4. Emerging theoretical perspectives in higher education and transformation studies from across the globe that link to the student transformation into critical and engaged citizens
  5. Transforming of students to critical citizens
  6. Service-learning conceptual frameworks that enhance transformation
  7. Collaborative research
  8. International Service-Learning
  9. Inter- multi- and trans-disciplinary transformation initiatives
  10. Societal impact of Service-Learning
  11. Institutional transformation through Service-Learning
  12. Integrating Service-Learning and Multicultural Education in Academia
  13. Service-Learning: New Ethical Goals and Challenges for Universities


Submissions are being accepted for scholarly presentations in a variety of formats. All submissions should demonstrate a connection to the symposium theme. Presentations that relate to service-learning research and practice at an international, national, or local level and comparative work are encouraged.


Proposal submissions of 350 words, to be submitted according to the format indicated on this call for papers.

The deadline for submissions is 1 February, 2022. Proposals are limited to two submissions per presenter.

To submit your proposal:

Complete the Abstract Submission Form available as a separate document in MS Word format and use title “ISSL June 2022 proposal (last name)” to save the abstract submission..

E-mail the abstract to: [email protected]

Marianna Foulkrod
Executive Director, Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement
Co-Chair, 2021-2022 International Symposium on Service-Learning

If you have any questions about the submission process please contact Marianna Foulkrod directly via e-mail or phone number at 317-788-3557.


The Symposium program is available here


Conference Registration opens on 10 March 2022 and can be made online on the Conference Online Registration Form (click here).

For more information visit ISSL 2022 Registration 

ISSL 2021-2022

Symposium Chair:

Constantinos Phellas
Professor, Senior Vice Rector, University of Nicosia, Chair, 2021-22 International Symposium on Service-Learning

Symposium Co-Chairs by Institution:

Marianna Foulkrod
Director, Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement Co-Chair, 2021-22 International Symposium on Service-Learning

Ernestine Meyer-Adams
Director, Social Impact at SU, Co-Chair, 2021-22 International Symposium on Service-Learning

Jacob du Plessis
Department of Sociology & Social Anthropology at SU, Co-Chair, 2021-22 International Symposium on Service Learning

Full list of the Planning Committee Members by Institution

Organized and hosted by 

University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus 

Co-sponsored by 

Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa & 

University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA 

Supported by 

Indiana Campus Compact, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA 

*This call previously featured the dates June 9 – 12, 2020. The Planning Committee rescheduled the upcoming 8th International Symposium on Service-Learning (ISSL), splitting it in two parts: a virtual Symposium in June 2021 and an in-person one in June, 2022. More information on registration and refunds, please see the Rescheduling Announcement here.