2009-2010 Faculty Fellows in Service Learning

CESR is pleased to recognize the Faculty Fellows class for the 2009-2010 academic year. Their courses are expected to be maintained in their respective departments as ongoing class offerings.

Marcus Brown, Associate Professor, Computer Science. CS 491 Computer Consulting for Fun & Profit teaches students how to work as independent computer consultants, requiring them to serve as consultants for community agencies like Turning Point and Tuscaloosa’s One Place.  Students consult with the client, decide on a project, estimate the cost of the project, and do the work for the client. At the end of the project, students produce a report detailing hours spent, resources used (software, computers, etc.), and determine whether they would have made a profit based on their initial price estimate.

Tammy Carroll, Adjunct Faculty, Psychology.  PY 461 Child Psychology examines the biological, psychological, and social development of children with an emphasis on identifying risk and protective factors that affect development.  Each student is required to pick a site to complete his/her service-learning experience.  For a minimum of three hours a week for 10 weeks, students spend time observing, engaging, and listening to others from various backgrounds. At the end of the semester, students give presentations including snapshots and/or reflections of what they observed and learned from their experiences.   

George Daniels, Associate Professor, Journalism.  MC 413 Communication and Diversity focuses on diversity in order to produce media practitioners who are aware of their roles in creating media products that reflect multicultural audiences.  In the Spring 2010 semester, students participated in service learning by working in teams to produce media products for the Alabama Department of Public Health, Tuscaloosa’s Hope Initiative and Birmingham’s Parents Against Violence.

Amy Dayton-Wood, Assistant Professor, English.  ENG 319 Special Topics in Writing students teach high-school students how to conduct oral history research and mentor the high-school students as they worked on these projects.  The UA students teach techniques for interviewing and researching local topics and serve as writing tutors for Bryant High School students.  In Spring 2010, the Bryant students interviewed local Vietnam veterans, civic leaders in Tuscaloosa, and family members who lived through important historical moments of the 20th century.  All students participate in an end-of-semester exhibition in which they present the results of their projects to a public audience.   

Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa, Assistant Professor, History.  HY 400/500 Documenting Tibetan Sacred Space provides students with the opportunity to engage in scholarship and experience a foreign culture through participating in on-the-ground documentation of important Tibetan historical and religious sites.  The documentation process is conducted through video, audio, and written observations of rituals and practices, visual and material culture, and personal encounters with local people.  This course facilitates development of field-research and documentation skills.  The cultural site documentation contributes to an ongoing effort by the nonprofit Jonang Foundation to create a comprehensive historical and cultural archive detailing religious life in Tibet.

Rebecca Howell, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice. CJ 490 Applied Delinquency Theory is an upper-level, service-learning elective designed to provide students a structured and guided opportunity to link and reflectively translate risk, protection, and delinquency theory at the abstract level to the “real world” of delinquency prevention. The students’ service-learning experiences with community partner Tuscaloosa’s One Place will inform and be informed by the in-depth study of the etiology and prevention of juvenile delinquency.   

Michael Innis-Jimenez, Assistant Professor, American Studies. AMS 430 Immigration and Ethnicity: Latinos in the America South examines the Latino immigrant journey and immigrant life in the American South.  Through its community-based service-learning project, along with a combination of lectures, discussions, readings, films, and speakers, this course helps students better understand the historical and contemporary issues that confront immigrants and their communities.  As part of the service-learning component of the course, students interact with members of local immigrant communities through appropriate organizations or agencies that assist immigrants in the Tuscaloosa area.

Kim Lackey, Adjunct Faculty, Biological Sciences. BSC 393 Biological Outreach was established in partnership with Tuscaloosa’s One Place to provide hands-on science learning experiences to third, fourth and fifth graders in after-school programs at Tuscaloosa County elementary schools.  The two-credit-hour class offers students an opportunity to: learn to mentor children; prepare a well-designed, active learning project; develop effective written communication skills; and work with peers.  Teaching requires them to express their thoughts aloud in a concise, understandable manner and become more comfortable speaking in public – important skills that will benefit students in their future careers.   

Michael Lovorn, Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Instruction.  CSE 564 Improving Social Studies Instruction explores and examines methods and materials for improving secondary history/social studies instruction, making subject matter relevant and impactful, encouraging lifelong civic participation and responsibility, and promoting social justice for all learners inside and outside the classroom.  In addition to traditional strategies and approaches, this course incorporates a service-learning project that invites history/social studies teachers of tomorrow to become actively engaged in studying, promoting, preserving, and celebrating Alabama’s rich Civil Rights history by recording and presenting experiences of local and regional “foot soldiers” and other Civil Rights Movement participants.

William Petty, Clinical Instructor, Information Systems, Statistics, and Management Science. OM 487/597 Operations Management Capstone Project helps operations-management students address the design, operation, and continuous improvement of business operations that produce and deliver products and services.  The service-learning component of the course trains students in the effective application of OM industrial and systems principles by addressing an actual industrial or service problem in a manufacturing facility, a distribution facility, or a community-based service agency environment in the Tuscaloosa area. 

Tracy Sims, Adjunct Faculty, Advertising & Public Relations. APR 332 Public Relations Writing presents the theory and practice involved in creating public relations messages, including planning, writing, editing, production, and evaluation. Students are assigned to a nonprofit organization partner and work individually and in groups to develop writing projects that meet the public-relations needs of the organization.

Libba Woodruff, Clinical Instructor, Kinesiology. KIN 468 Adapted Physical Education allows students to apply academic knowledge of conditions, diseases, and injuries that might require adaptations in physical activities through field experience with Crossing Points, an organization that provides transition services for young adults(ages 18-21) with disabilities. The course emphasizes the importance of inclusion while focusing on health and fitness instruction. Students practice adapting fitness principles, health concepts, and fundamental skill development for Crossing Points participants.