2008-2009 Faculty Fellows in Service Learning

CESR is pleased to recognize the Faculty Fellows class for the 2008-2009 academic year. Their courses are expected to be maintained in their respective departments as ongoing class offerings.

Seth Appiah-Opoku, Assistant Professor, Geography. GY 444/544 Field Studies in Ghana explores how cultural norms and values in African societies shape and influence environmental discourses. Site visits include a mining town, slave castle, monkey sanctuary, safari, traditional priest, traditional beads-making village, cultural drumming and dancing center, and a canopy walk in a rainforest. Service learning opportunities include teaching in a Ghanaian school, and working in a hospital or the Environmental Protection Agency in Ghana.

Sarah Barry, Assistant Professor, Theatre and Dance.  DN 403 Approaches to Dance Instruction provides dance students with an opportunity to analyze the principles, methods, philosophy, materials, and practice of teaching dance.  Students go into the public schools to teach dance to first and second graders during their physical education period.

Ross Bryan, Adjunct Professor, Criminal Justice and SociologyCJ 303/SOC 315 Racial Minorities, Criminality, and Social Justice/ Race and Ethnic Relations examines theories and measurement of minority crimes and the treatment of minorities by the criminal justice system.  The class analyzes American social structure and trends, and race and ethnic relations.  Students work with local middle school students to obtain narratives on race and the criminal justice system through the eyes of the youth.

John Clark, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences. BSC 434/534 Plant Systematics is a field-based course designed to engage students in learning local flora.  Students work in teams of two to five on a project promoting native flora by removing non-native plant species.

Treva Dean, Instructor, Communication Studies. COM 123 Public Speaking Honors partners with Tuscaloosa’s Central High School’s Jobs for Alabama Graduates class, which targets at-risk teenagers. The Public Speaking students introduce high school students to the importance of public speaking to help them curb communication anxiety and improve their speech writing and delivery.

Leslie Dixon, Instructor, Computer Science. In CS 340 Legal and Ethical Issues in Computing students develop websites with the objective of encouraging middle school students to recognize legal and ethical issues related to their use of computers and other technologies.

David Ford, Clinical Professor, Management and Marketing. In MGT 486 Small Business Consulting, students consult for different non-profit groups each semester and complete a measurable/quantifiable project.  Students enrolled in MKT 488, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) engage in numerous self-directed projects to benefit fellow students, the community or the world.

Nicholas Kraft, Assistant Professor, Computer Science. CS 250 Programming II introduces the object-oriented programming paradigm, including associated techniques and tools for testing and debugging. Programming projects emphasize the creation of artistic works such as images and games which are then utilized in a service-learning project.

Jeff Parker, Associate Professor, Psychology.  Dr. Parker’s course on adolescent social development combines fieldwork with children (grades 5-8) with research experience and specialized coursework on children’s friendships, groups, and social and emotional competence.  Students also work with adolescents once a week at local middle schools on how to handle peer pressure, how to make and maintain friendships, and how to handle gossip, conflict, and teasing.

Jane Rasco, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences. BSC 410 Pre-Health Apprenticeship is a two-hour course that gives pre-health students an opportunity to shadow at a healthcare facility related to their particular interest.  Students participate in service learning projects such as Meals on Wheels, The Good Samaritan Clinic, West Alabama Food Bank, and Vita-Girl to better understand the cost of healthcare.

Liza Wilson, Professor, Curriculum and Instruction. CSE 390 Instruction and Accommodation in Secondary Schools followed by CSE 489 Clinical Experiences in Secondary Education serve as building blocks in the preparation of secondary teachers. In addition to learning about pedagogy, educational theories, and curriculum, students develop an understanding of the communities in which their students live and learn by participating in service learning activities that enhance and deepen their appreciation of social justice, citizenship, and community service.