Marshall University has been selected as a grantee for the West Virginia Campus
Compact Campus-Community LINK Project, funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum
Marshall is one of six institutions statewide selected for participation in this pilot project and will receive a total of $15,000 to fund three service learning course projects, according to Dr. Kim DeTardo-Bora, MU Service Learning Program Director. Three Marshall faculty members were awarded $5,000 each: Dr. Wendy Williams (Psychology), Dr. Whitney Douglas (English), and Jana Hovland (Dietetics).
During the Spring 2011 semester, each faculty recipient will incorporate a pre-identified West Virginia Community Development Hub project into her course as part of a statewide initiative to increase student civic engagement, improve the local as well as statewide community, and create sustainable partnerships between Marshall faculty and community agencies/nonprofits.
Williams, Associate Professor of Psychology, will offer a service learning course, “Work and Poverty” (PSY 499), which will aid in the West Virginia Community Development Hub project, Our Mountain State. The class will explore what it means to work and to be poor in America, how society perceives the working poor, and how the working poor perceive themselves. The class also will include a theoretical multi-level analysis including, but not limited to, gender, race and social class.
Douglas will offer an English Composition II course (ENG 102) and also partner with the West Virginia Community Development Hub project, Our Mountain State. Students will be exposed to select readings about West Virginia that will lend themselves to producing narrative and multi-media texts for publication. Ultimately, students will be provided with the opportunity for peer review and with faculty-student-community partner forums that aim to inspire them to become both better student-writers and citizens.
Hovland’s service learning course, “Life Span Nutrition” (DTS 310), will explore the scientific principles of human nutrition and the nutrient needs for all stages of a person’s life cycle. The class project will involve a partnership with the West Virginia Community Development Hub, Unlimited Future Local Food Matters, as well as the WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition program.
Along with the funding, West Virginia Campus Compact will provide required
faculty/community team training prior to, during and following the
execution of service learning projects. Overall, each project will ultimately
increase Marshall’s commitment to service learning.
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