Eddie NaborsCollat Instructor Eddie Nabors is passionate about service learning.

During the 2016-17 school year, Nabors served as one of 12 Faculty Fellows in Engaged Scholarship at UAB, a yearlong program of workshops that brings together faculty, students and community partners to collaborate on projects that expand student learning, increase volunteerism and further UAB’s mission to improve the Birmingham community.

Service learning has grown five-fold during the past seven years at UAB, and Nabors sees the fellowship as a great opportunity to broaden student experience in and out of the classroom.

“It was a great experience to be in a group of fellows that included faculty from all over campus and from Samford [University] and to hear their plans and goals for service-learning experiences for their students,” Nabors said.

Amy Badham, director of UAB’s Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research, led the program, which featured instruction from Stephen Black, president of Impact America, and Teri Henley, an instructor at the University of Alabama.

Nabors said he plans to incorporate reflection exercises in his teachings, in which students will reflect on their time as volunteers and use the experience to enhance their learning. He also plans to encourage stronger in-class discussion from his students.

He is using what he learned as a faculty fellow to develop a new class — HC119-2C: Poverty and Human Capability — which will begin in the fall 2017 semester and will involve students as SaveFirst tax preparers at community-based sites across the Birmingham and Bessemer region.

“I will utilize this [fellowship] to improve my service-learning courses to provide better service to our community partner and to improve the experience for my students,” said Nabors, who will receive a $1,500 grant to support course development, research, assistance and support to strengthen the service-learning aspects of his courses.