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Robert Bringle, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus

Robert G. Bringle, Ph.D.

Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Philanthropic Studies,
Kulynych/Cline Visiting Distinguished Professor at Appalachian State University (2012-2015)
Senior Scholar at IUPUI Center for Service and Learning
Department of Psychology

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. 

As a social psychologist, he is widely known for his research on jealousy in close relationships. His work as Executive Director of the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning from 1994-2012 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.

The IUPUI service learning program was ranked 8th best in the nation among all colleges and universities in 2002 and has been listed among the best programs each subsequent year. IUPUI received a Presidential Award in 2006 as part of the first President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

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. He has published With Service in Mind: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Psychology (edited with D. Duffy), Colleges and Universities as Citizens (edited with R. Games & E. Malloy), The Measure of Service Learning: Research Scales to Assess Student Experiences (with M. Phillips and M. Hudson), International Service Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Research (with J. Hatcher & S. Jones), Research on Service Learning, Vols. 2A and 2B, and Service learning in psychology: Enhancing undergraduate education for the public good (with R. Reeb, M. Brown, & A. Ruiz).

Dr. Bringle was awarded the School of Science Teaching Award in 1994, the SOS Service Award in 1995, the Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning in 1998, the Brian Hiltunen Faculty Award from Indiana Campus Compact in 2000, the W. George Pinnell Award for Service from Indiana University in 2003, and the IUPUI Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. 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) 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. In 2008, Dr. Bringle was recognized as one of the most prominent alumni scientists by his alma mater, Hanover College.


1969 B.A. in psychology and mathematics from Hanover College

1972 M.S. in social psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst

1974 Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst

2004 Phil.D. (honoris causa)  University of the Free State, South Africa

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Major research interests are in the areas of (1) service learning and civic engagement in higher education; (2) close relationships and jealousy; (3) evaluation of educational, health, and social programs.

Publications & Professional Activities

Bringle, R. G., Reeb, R., Brown, M. A., & Ruiz, A. (2016). Service learning in psychology: Enhancing undergraduate education for the public good. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Bringle, R. G., Clayton, P. H., & Bringle, K. E. (2015). Teaching democratic thinking is not enough: The case for democratic action. Partnerships: A Journal of Service Learning & Civic Engagement, 6(1), 1-26.

Pike, G. R., Bringle, R. G., & Hatcher, J. A. (2014). Assessing civic engagement at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. In D. G. Terkla & L. O. Shuler (Eds.), Assessing community engagement in students. New directions for institutional research (pp. 87-97). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Bringle, R. G., Winnick, T. A., & Rydell, B. J. (2013). The prevalence and nature of unrequited love. SAGE Open, 3(2).

Clayton, P. H., Bringle, R. G., & Hatcher, J. A. (Eds.). (2013). Research on service learning: Conceptual frameworks and assessment. Vols. 2A & 2B. Arlington, VA: Stylus.

Hatcher, J. A., & Bringle, R. G. (Eds.). (2012). Understanding service-learning and community engagement:  Crossing boundaries through research.  Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Steinberg, K, Hatcher, J. A., & Bringle, R. G. (2011, Fall). A north star: Civic-Minded graduate. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 19-33.

Thomson, A. M., Smith-Tolken, A., Naidoo, A. V., & Bringle, R. G. (2011). Service learning and civic engagement: A comparison of three national contexts. Voluntas, 22, 214-237.

Bringle, R. G., & Hatcher, J. A. (2011). Student engagement trends over time. In H. E. Fitzgerald, D. L. Zimmerman, C. Burack, & S. Seifer (Eds.), Handbook of engaged scholarship: Contemporary landscapes, future directions: Volume 2: Campus-community partnerships (pp. 411-430). E. Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.

Bringle, R. G., & Steinberg, K. (2010). Educating for informed community involvement. American Journal of Community Psychology, 46, 428-441.

Bringle, R. G., Hatcher, J. A., & Muthiah, R. (2010). The role of service-learning on retention of first-year students to second year. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 16(2), 38-49.

Bringle, R. G., & Rydell, R. J. (2009). Obsessive love. In H. Reis & S. Sprecher (Eds.). Encyclopedia of human relationships. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Rydell, R. J., & Bringle, R. G. (2007). Differentiating reactive and suspicious jealousy. Social Behavior and Personality, 35(8), 1099-1114.

Bringle, R. G., & Tonkin, H. (2004). International service-learning: A research agenda. In H. Tonkin, S. J. Deeley, M. Pusch, D. Quiroga, M. J. Siegel, J. Whiteley, & R. G. Bringle, Service-learning across cultures: Promise and achievement (pp. 365-374). New York: International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership.

Rydell, R. J., McConnell, A. R., & Bringle, R. G. (2004). Jealousy and commitment: Perceived threat and the effect of relationship alternatives. Personal Relationships, 11, 451-468.

Bringle, R. G. (2003). Enhancing theory-based research on service-learning. In S. H. Billig & J. Eyler (Eds.), Deconstructing service-learning: Research exploring context, participation, and impacts (pp. 3-21). Greenwich, CN: Information Age Publishing.

Laythe, B., Finkel, D., Bringle, R., & Kirkpatrick, L. A. (2002). Religious fundamentalism as a predictor of prejudice:  A two-component model. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 41, 623-635.

Bringle, R. G., & Hatcher, J. A. (2002).  University-community partnerships:  The terms of engagement.  Journal of Social Issues, 58, 503-516.

Bringle, R.G., & Hatcher, J.A. (2000).  Meaningful measurement of theory-based service-learning outcomes:  Making the case with quantitative research.  Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, Fall, 68-75.

Bringle, R.G., & Hatcher, J.A. (2000). Institutionalization of service learning in higher education.  Journal of Higher Education, 71, 273-290.

Bringle, R. B., & Buunk, B. (1991).  Jealousy and extradyadic relationships.  In K. McKinney & S. Sprecher (Eds.), Sexuality in close relationships (pp. 135-153).  Hillsdale, NJ:  Erlbaum.

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • Spirit of Philanthropy Award, IUPUI Center for Service and Learning, 2015
  • Legacy of Service Award, Indiana Campus Compact, 2012
  • Glenn W. Irwin, Jr. M.D., Experience Excellence Recognition Award, IUPUI, 2011
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, IUPUI, 2011
  • Philosophiae Doctor (honoris causa), University of the Free State, South Africa, 2004
  • Outstanding Contributions to the Service-Learning Research Field, International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, 2004
  • George W. Pinnell Award for outstanding service, Indiana University, 2003
  • Volunteer of the Year Award, Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis, 2002
  • John A Whitesel Award, IUPUI Student Life and Diversity Programs, 2001
  • B. D. Hiltunen Faculty Award, Indiana Campus Compact, 2000
  • Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning by Campus Compact and American Association for Higher Education, 1998
  • Teaching Excellence Recognition Award Indiana University, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Member (elected) Campus Compact Invisible College, 1995
  • Service Award IUPUI School of Science, 1995
  • Teaching Award IUPUI School of Science, 1994
  • Sigma Xi Indiana University, 1982
  • Phi Kappa Phi University of Massachusetts, 1972
  • Phi Eta Sigma Hanover College, 1966



Editorial Board, Partnerships: A Journal of Service Learning and Civic Engagement

Editorial Board, Journal of Applied Learning in Higher Education

Editorial Board, Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning