Xavier University Academy for Community-Engaged Faculty Call for Participants for Spring 2014
Now in its sixth year, the Academy for Community-Engaged Faculty has previously supported Xavier faculty making a significant revision to a chosen course or in creating a new course incorporating principles and practices of community engagement. Engaged courses foster a learning environment that brings faculty, students, and community members together and connects academic and community knowledge and resources. Such partnerships develop the capacity of university and community participants to learn, serve, and lead together.
The Academy is open to eight full-time principal, visiting, or clinical faculty or instructors. Each participant will receive a $1,000 stipend upon completion of the Academy. Five workshops will be scheduled during the Spring usually lasting for two hours, with one off site workshop that will include community partner site visits. The Academy is designed to be a collaborative process where ideas are shared and developed among colleagues. Facilitators will include administrators and faculty as well as visiting guest speakers and community leaders. Each member of the faculty cohort will be expected to redesign or create a course using principles of engaged service and/or scholarship. Additional funding is available to participants and their partners who finalize and implement a course design or redesign for Summer/Fall 2014 or Spring/Summer 2015.
Interested faculty participants should address questions to Sean Rhiney (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of the Eigel Center for Community Engaged Learning.
Applications should be electronically submitted in PDF form by December 30, 2013 to the Eigel Center‘s office administrator, Nancy Hackett (email@example.com), and include a brief statement (no more than two pages) that includes the following:
- A description of the course to be modified or created and the learning activities and assignments as they relate to community engagement;
- A description of the desired student learning objectives and how they will be enhanced through engagement.
- A description of the potential role a community partner would play in the development and execution of the course.
- A short statement outlining the faculty member’s personal interest in advancing community-engaged learning at Xavier University.
Note that applicants are not expected to have a fully designed course in mind. We expect that participation in the Academy will provide insight, guidance and access to resources that will shape the course. Applicants are encouraged to have some concept of what they want to accomplish, the issues that could be addressed through their course, and the type of potential community partner with whom they would like to collaborate.
2009 – 2013 Faculty Academy Cohorts
The 2009 – 2013 cohorts represent a broad range of faculty interests, as well as representation from each college within Xavier University. Their areas of scholarship are diverse and include History, Theology, Physics, Art, Economics, Education, Modern Languages, Social Work, Music, Management, Entrepreneurship, Sociology, Counseling, and Communication Arts. Graduates have collaborated with the Eigel Center to develop over 28 courses that integrate engagement and service to dozens of community partners.
|2013 Academy for Community Engaged Faculty Cohort|
|Dr. Tylon Crook, Assistant Professor, Counseling|
|Ms. Blis DeVault, Assistant Professor, Communication Arts|
|Dr. Karen Enriquez, Assistant Professor, Theology|
|Dr. Wendy Maxian, Assistant Professor, Communication Arts|
|Dr. Christopher Pramuk, Assistant Professor, Theology|
|Dr. David Rodick, Assistant Professor, Philosophy|
|2012 Academy for Community Engaged Faculty Cohort|
|Mr. Matthew Dunch, SJ, Visiting Faculty, Philosophy|
|Ms. Judi Godsey, RN, Assistant Professor, Nursing|
|Dr. Gennadi Gevorgyam, Assistant Professor, Communication Arts|
|Dr. Jennifer Gibson, Assistant Professor, Psychology|
|Dr. Michelle Hall, Assistant Professor, Counseling|
|Dr. Maureen Mullinax, Visiting Professor, Sociology|
|Ms. Tamika Odum, Director, Women's Center, and Adjunct Faculty, Sociology|
|Dr. Kristine Suna-Koro, Assistant Professor, Theology-Graduate Program|
|2011 Academy for Community Engaged Faculty Cohort|
|Dr. Rashmi Assundani, Assistant Professor, Business|
|Mr. Ebenezer Ayesu, Visiting Faculty, History|
|Dr. Jennifer Beste, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Theology|
|Dr. Greg Braun, Ph.D., Lab Instructor, Physics|
|Dr. Jonathan Gibson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Art|
|Dr. Tamara Giluk, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Manager & Entrepreneurship|
|Dr. Michael Goldweber, Professor, Computer Sciences|
|Mr. George Gordon, Visiting Faculty, Management & Entrepreneurship|
|Dr. Lynda Kilbourne, Associate Professor, Economics|
|Dr. Bree Lang, Assistant Professor, Economics|
|Dr. leslie Prosak-Beres, Associate Professor, Education|
|Dr. Jessalynn Strauss, Assistant Professor, Communication Arts|
|Ms. Jennifer Tighe, Senior Academic Staff, Communication Arts|
|2010 Academy for Community Engaged Faculty Cohort|
|Dr. Nancy Bertaux, Professor, Economics|
|Dr. thomas Clark, Professor, Management & Entrepreneurship|
|Dr. Irene Hodgson, Professor, Modern Languages|
|Dr. Debora Kuchey, Associate Professor, Childhood Education & Literacy|
|Dr. Mack Mariani, Associate Professor, Political Science/Sociology|
|Dr. Rhonda Norman, Assistant Professor, School & Community Counseling|
|Dr. Kaleel Skeirik, Professor, Music|
|2009 Academy for Community Engaged Faculty Cohort|
|Dr. Gillian Ahlgren, Professor, Theology|
|Dr. Christine Anderson, Associate Professor, History|
|Dr. Diane Ceo-DiFrancesco, Associate Professor, Modern Languages|
|Dr. Elizabeth Groppe, Associate Professor, Theology|
|Dr. Margo J. Heydt, Associate Professor, Social Work|
|Dr. Tom Kessinger, Associate Professor, Education|
|Dr. Karim M. Tiro, Associate Professor, History|
Samples of Service Learning Experiences
Designed by faculty with assistance from the Eigel Center and community partners:
Offered each semester, this course partners with community based providers of employment services, education resources (GED), and job training. Students gain an awareness of the challenges facing re-entry into the workforce and the issue of chronic unemployment through the service component of the class.
- Evanston Employment Resource Connection – Students assisted job seeking residents with connections to GED programs, internet job searches, and completed employment applications
- Power Inspires Progress – Student team developed a presentation for successful trainees of job development program covering job market opportunities, healthcare, and transportation. Students interviewed trainees one on one to gain insight and perspective on being unemployed
- Ohio Justice and Policy Center – Student team developed presentation for employers on overcoming barriers to employment for ex-offenders, allowing them to re-enter the workforce.
- Price Hill Will – Student team compiled data to assist job seekers in how to overcome challenges including transportation and lack of education and skills when finding a job
- Norwood Service League – Students created a job bank for Norwood residents identifying opportunities at all skill levels.
This course partnered with Crayons to Computers “Craft’s with Convictions” program which uses Ohio Correctional Department labor to produce educational tools for school children. The tools are distributed freely to teachers and classrooms throughout the region. In an effort to validate the production of these items as well as encourage teachers to use them in the classrooms, Professor Slack and her students visited Crayons to Computers to experiment with dozens of products; identifying and labeling the corresponding Common Core Standards for each product to meet Ohio state teaching and testing standards. The goal is for future classes to not only assist with labeling, but to design crafts for the program.