2016-2017 Faculty Fellows in Service Learning

CESR is pleased to recognize the Faculty Fellows class for the 2016-2017 academic year. Their courses are expected to be maintained in their respective departments as ongoing class offerings.


Amy Beasley, Assistant Professor, Capstone College of Nursing. NUR 324: Fundamentals for Professional Nursing Practice partners with Forest Manor Nursing Home and Heritage Health and Rehabilitation so that nursing students can learn how to communicate and interact with nursing home residents. NUR 324 was adapted in Fall 2016. NUR 301: Palliative Care in Nursing will help students build a knowledge base in palliative care nursing and symptom management. By exploring common topics in palliative care, such as symptom management, pain management, and communication, students will develop skills to better manage patients as they near end-of-life. NUR 301 will be piloted in Fall 2017, and future service-learning courses are in progress.


Kim Colburn, Instructor, New College. NEW 237: Cooperation & Conflict: The Politics of Indifference encourages students to investigate and seek solutions to contemporary social problems. Students investigate issues pertaining to poverty, immigration, and inequality through directed readings, deliberative classroom discussions, and active learning. This course offers undergraduate students the opportunity to address the feeling of inability to create positive change, and enables them to find focus through working towards a proactive goal with a community partner. Students will tutor Hispanic children in Tuscaloosa County and help Spanish-speaking parents learning ESL. NEW 237 will be revised for Spring 2018.


Ellary Draper, Assistant Professor, Music Therapy. MUS 282: Music Therapy Practicum offers music therapy students an experience in facilitating music therapy sessions at Caring Days, where students serve older adults with memory problems, as well as the chance to observe other populations in music therapy sessions. Across two semesters of MUS 282, students develop group leadership skills in singing and accompanying with guitar, build a repertoire of appropriate songs, and practice appropriate interaction skills with those served, their families, the staff, classmates, and the professor. MUS 282 was revised for Spring 2017.


Katelyn Graham, Area Coordinator, Housing & Residential Communities, and Andrew Hester, Assistant Director of Student Services, Honors College. UH 101: Education & Advocacy involves a social justice themed housing group in the Honors Housing Community and is designed for students to explore issues of social justice within contemporary society. UH 101 introduces students to social justice through the lenses of education and student development theory. The course will provide students with learning opportunities beyond the classroom through campus partner interactions and mentoring at Central High School. UH 101 was piloted in Fall 2016 and will be revised for Fall 2017.


Quoc Hoang, Director of Experiential Learning, Culverhouse College of Commerce. Quoc Hoang helps facilitate experiential learning within the Culverhouse College of Commerce. In this role, he encourages faculty to develop service-learning projects and provides resources to help make service-learning successful within the college.


Junfei Lu, Assistant Professor, Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methods, and Counseling. BCE 513: Career Development helps students in an online career counseling course develop relationships with community partners in order to respond to employment issues faced by local community residents. BCE 513 is currently being revised to incorporate service-learning and will be piloted in a future semester.


Marie-Eve Monette, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages & Classics. Skilled Vision & Latin American Indigeneity is being developed as a 400-level Spanish study abroad course that will teach students how to develop and apply skilled vision when approaching films on Indigenous cultures from Andean countries in Latin America. By using Indigenous films to train students to identify cinematographic and narrative patterns, discourses, and symbols specific to Indigenous cultures represented on screen, the students will undergo a rehabilitation of their vision, requiring them to strive to see the world through the perspective of Indigenous people. Students will travel to Peru, where they will apply skilled vision while serving an Indigenous audiovisual initiative. The course will be piloted in Spring 2019.


Brian Oliu, Instructor, English. EN 310: Slash Pine Internship allows students to design and publish poetry chapbooks while also planning innovative art and literary events. Students document and write about their experiences, as well as produce reviews of chapbooks to be published digitally. A revised version of EN 310 was offered in Spring 2017.


Jen Nickelson, Associate Professor, Health Sciences. Health Education & Promotion is being developed as an independent study health science course that will give students the opportunity to provide small group health education in a local community setting based on a health need identified by community members. The didactic component of the course involves an introduction to community-based participatory approaches; an in-depth review of the pathophysiology, prevention, and treatment of one illness the community determines it wants to address (e.g. diabetes, hypertension, etc.); and an overview of health education principles, theory, and strategies. This course will expose students to various genetic, behavioral, and social determinants of health. The course will be piloted in Spring 2018.


Laura Reed, Assistant Professor, Biology. Biology Outreach is being developed as an Honors service-learning course that explores the interplay of race and gender with STEM education access while providing enriching hands-on biology experiences and young adult role models through outreach to local middle school biology classes. The course will be piloted in Fall 2017.