|Provides students with structured, short-term programs to gain experience and apply classroom concepts in their chosen fields of study.||15-20 hrs. per week
|Co-op||Provides students with structured, work-related programs on a long-term basis to gain experience, supplementing classroom studies.||20-40 hrs. per week
(one or more
|Job Shadowing||Provides students with opportunities to observe professionals in the work environment and learn about their chosen field.||
2 hrs. -1 day
|Volunteering||Provides one of the best ways for students to gain entry into an organization. There are countless opportunities for you to make worthwhile contributions while at the same time gaining professional experience.||2 hrs. -1 day (short term)|
|Study Away||Provides students the chance to live and study in new environments to prepare them to be active and responsible global citizens through academically sound international and domestic educational exchange opportunities.||2 weeks, 1 month, 1 semester or 1 year. Varies according to the program you choose|
|Service Learning||Offers students an opportunity to gain meaningful experience with a non-profit organization by integrating community service with academic learning.||Varies widely according to the course or experience and community partner|
|Undergraduate Research||Involves research or creative activity conducted by an undergraduate student collaborating with a mentor that makes an original, intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline. The experience may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery, application and/or performance.||Varies according to course or mentor requirements|
Tondra Loder-Jackson, Ph.D., associate professor in the UAB School of Education’s Department of Human Studies, has been named associate editor for the 2016 issue of the Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research.
The journal is a publication of the American Educational Research Association’s Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research Special Interest Group. The AERA is a national research society that works to advance knowledge about education, encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. Special-interest groups like Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research provide a forum within the AERA for the involvement of individuals drawn together by a common interest in a field of study, teaching or research.
Loder-Jackson will serve as one of two associate editors for the journal. Her program of research is focused on topics related to urban education, Birmingham’s civil rights and education history, activism of educators from a historical perspective, life course perspectives on African-American education, and home, school and community relations.