Robert Bringle

Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Philanthropic Studies

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy faculty: Robert Bringle


  • B.A., Psychology and Mathematics, Hanover College
  • M.S., Social Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst


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. In his previous position as Executive Director of the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning (1994-2012), his work 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. Dr. Bringle consults with other campuses, on national initiatives, and internationally (South Africa, Macedonia, Mexico, Egypt, Ireland, Malaysia, and Japan) on issues related to community service and civic engagement.


  • “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 and 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 and S. Jones)
  • “Research on Service Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Assessment. Vol. 2A: Students and Faculty,” and “Vol. 2B: Communities, Institutions, and Partnerships” (with P. Clayton and J. Hatcher).

Research Interests

Dr. Bringle’s 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.

Current Projects

  • Construct validation of the Civic-Minded Graduate
  • Empathic anger as a basis for community involvement
  • Psychology and Service Learning: Enhancing Undergraduate Education for the Public Good (book in press, American Psychological Association)
  • Adult children-parent estrangement

Honors & Awards

  • Sigma Xi, Indiana University, 1982
  • School of Science teaching award, 1994
  • School of Science service award, 1995
  • Tomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning, 1998
  • Brian Hiltunen Faculty Award, Indiana Campus Compact, 2000
  • Volunteer of the Year, Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis, 2001
  • George Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service, Indiana University, 2003
  • Philosophiae Doctor (honoris causa), University of the Free State, South Africa, 2004
  • Outstanding Contributions to the service learning research field, 2004
  • IUPUI Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2011
  • Glenn W. Irwin, Jr. M.D. Experience Excellence Award, IUPUI, 2011
  • Legacy of Service Award, Indiana Campus Compact, 2012

Grants & Funding

More than $2 million in funding


More than 200 presentations (workshops, lectures, and keynote addresses) at conferences and universities