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2013-2014 Faculty Fellows in Service Learning Announced
July 18, 2013: The Office of Academic Engagement and Global Citizenship is excited to announce the inaugural class of UAB Service Learning Faculty Fellows for the upcoming academic year. Representing the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Public Health, this group represents an academically diverse group of innovative UAB educators:
- Douglas Barrett, Assistant Professor, Art & Art History, College of Arts and Sciences
- Katie Buys, Nursing Instructor, Community Health Outcomes & Systems, School of Nursing
- Dale Dickinson, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
- Martha Earwood, Assistant Professor, Justice Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
- Julia Gohlke, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
- Nichole Lariscy, Assistant Professor, English, College of Arts and Sciences
- Heather Lee, Instructor, Sparkman Center for Global Health, School of Public Health
- Lisa McCormick, Assistant Professor, Health Care Organization and Policy, School of Public Health
- Karolina Mukhtar, Assistant Professor, Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
- Barbara Wech, Associate Professor, Management, Information Systems & Quantitative Methodology, School of Business
- Jaclyn Wells, Assistant Professor & University Writing Center Director, English, College of Arts and Sciences
The Service Learning Faculty Fellows program is a one-year fellowship structured around a series of group workshops that cover theories, implementation, and assessment of service learning and how to integrate it across disciplines. Each Fellow will develop a new course or redesign an existing service-learning course using what they learn through the collaborative workshops and one-on-one support. Upon completion of the program, each fellow will receive a service learning enhancement grant of $1,500 to support course development. “These eleven new Faculty Fellows will be vital in implementing the philosophy and process of service-learning into our UAB campus and academic environment and will serve as models and mentors for other faculty members,” says Suzanne Austin, Vice Provost of Student and Faculty Success.
Modeled on a similar and highly successful program at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, this new development opportunity for UAB faculty members will be a collaborative effort. It will be led by Stephen Black, Director of the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, and Teri Henley, Professor of Advertising and Public Relations, both at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and Libba Vaughan, Coordinator of Academic Engagement at UAB.
The program’s goal is to produce more high-quality service learning course opportunities for students and a greater number of meaningful partnerships with community organizations. Given that most service learning projects involve teamwork, this program will also support and enhance UAB’s proposed QEP topic of working in a team environment.
2013 Provost's Award for Faculty Excellence in Service Learning
Congratulations to English Assistant Professor Cassandra Ellis for winning the 2013 Provost's Award for Faculty Excellence in Academic Engagement and Global Citizenship for her innovative service learning experiences. This award was presented at the UAB Expo on April 26th.
In her search to make English composition more meaningful, Dr. Ellis found UAB Highlands Hospital’s SPOONS program. Through SPOONS, her freshman English composition students visited with elderly patients at mealtimes, helping them eat or simply providing companionship. She then encouraged the students to reflect on their service experiences through writing assignments focused on age, memory, and identity. Not only did the students learn composition, but they also realized their great capacity to connect with socially isolated elderly patients.
Student Kyle Thompson says that “it was a great experience as a freshman at the beginning of my journey to learn from someone at the end of his journey.”
Dr. Ellis has created other innovative service learning experiences with the Jefferson County Health Department and area schools. Right now, her English students are teaching area high school students about the impacts of littering. Kyle Thompson says that “Dr. Ellis treats us like respected colleagues. When a teacher is that willing to put that much work into a class, it inspires me to do a better job.”