2017-2018 Faculty Fellows in Service Learning

The following faculty completed the program in 2017-2018:


  • Brooke Champagne, Instructor, English. EN 103: Honors First-Year Writing will ask students to read The Road South: Personal Stories from the Freedom Riders. In conjunction with class readings, students will conduct a series of observations and interviews with residents at Capstone Village. The partnership with Capstone Village will allow students deeper insight into the lives of octogenarians. EN 103 will be piloted in Fall 2018.


  • Douglas Craddock, Instructor, Honors College. UH 300: Community-Engaged Scholarship provides students with opportunities to work collaboratively with community-based organizations to research community problems, create original research questions, design research plans, collect and analyze data, and potentially initiate community-based programs. Through an applied interdisciplinary approach, students will collaborate with community members in addressing critical social issues. This course teaches students to navigate the challenges associated with university-community relationships, research, program implementation, data analysis, and data dissemination. A revised version of this service-learning course will be offered in Fall 2018.


  • Melissa Fowler, Clinical Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction. CEE 496 & CCE 596: Senior Practicum provides students with opportunities to pedagogically plan and teach lessons, and to practice authentic classroom applications of various subject areas in elementary education. Students will complete service hours with local community partners in order to better learn how to work with children with multiple abilities. A revised version of this service-learning course will be offered in Fall 2018.


  • Chapman Greer, Clinical Professor, Management. GBA 300: Business Communications introduces students to the concepts central to effective and efficient writing in the workplace. The class has three modules: 1) personal branding, 2) short form communication, and 3) a team project. The team project offers students the opportunity to work with a community partner to collaborate on a business solution for an actual business opportunity. In Fall 2018, this course will be piloted in partnership with Alabama REACH’s work on UA student food insecurity.


  • Amanda Ingram, Instructor, Honors College. UH 101: Social Change will work with Alabama Arise to address issues affecting Alabamians through policy analysis, organizing, and advocacy. Students will work in conjunction with Alabama Arise to identify needs within the local community that they can support by developing and initiating a plan of action. Specific projects will vary but will include payday lending reform, public transportation funding, health care, child care, education, and other human services. A revised version of this service-learning course will be offered in Spring 2019.


  • Sarah Moody, Associate Professor, Modern Languages & Classics. SP 390: Community Stories teaches advanced Spanish undergraduates podcast study and production in order to learn about narrative craft and the Spanish-speaking community of Alabama. Students will examine scholarly articles and news media to better understand the target community, study podcasts as models, and learn the technical and interview skills necessary to tell stories in podcast form. Students will create three podcasts of increasing complexity throughout the semester, culminating with telling the story of a community member in Spanish. Classroom activities will draw from theater training to cultivate advanced conversation skills. A revised version of this service-learning course will be offered in Spring 2019.


  • Mercy Ngosa Mumba, Assistant Professor, Capstone College of Nursing. NUR 310: Health Assessment for Professional Nursing Practice prepares the novice nursing student in the development of health assessment skills including the health history, physical, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects necessary for critical thinking in professional nursing practice. Adult physical assessment techniques will be developed through simulation and practice within a practice lab setting. Students will serve at Capstone Village in order to learn these techniques. This service-learning course will be piloted in Fall 2018.


  • Jason Pienaar, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences. Molecular Evolution is an evolutionary biology course with a focus on the evolution of DNA and proteins. Its purpose is to provide an understanding of the mechanisms and dynamics of how evolution occurs on the molecular level and the practical applications of such knowledge. Students will apply this knowledge by assessing air and water quality as well as tardigrade species composition via DNA barcoding. The species compositions based on DNA barcoding will be compared across various publically used sites around Tuscaloosa including Lake Nichol, Lake Harris, Lake Tuscaloosa, the Black Warrior River, the UA Arboretum, and various local ponds. In partnership with Black Warrior River Keeper, this effort will provide a comparative index of air and water quality in Tuscaloosa. This service-learning course will be piloted in Fall 2019.


  • Shirin Posner, Instructor, Modern Languages & Classics. SP 369: Spanish Outreach and SP 362: Spanish for Healthcare Professionals train students in conversational Spanish necessary for civic life. The courses involve service with local community partners including Maude Whatley health clinic. Revised versions of the courses were implemented in Spring 2018. Based on observations in local health clinics, an additional service-learning course meant to prepare students for the qualifying exam in medical translation is in progress. The new service-learning course will be piloted in Spring 2019 or Fall 2020.


  • Andrew R. Richards, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology. KIN 360: The Subject Matter of Elementary Physical Education provides knowledge of subject matter for elementary physical education and a comprehensive K-5 curriculum. KIN 361: Elementary Physical Education Curriculum, Philosophy, & Theory helps students improve their abilities to teach elementary physical education and to plan and reflect on lessons, units, and a comprehensive K-5 curriculum. Taken concurrently, the two courses involve a service-based field experience in the schools. These service-learning courses were offered in Spring 2018.


  • Alyxandra Vesey, Assistant Professor, Journalism & Creative Media. JCM 499: Gender, Music, & Popular Culture will investigate the goals, methods, and challenges for creating a Tuscaloosa chapter of Girls Rock Camp. During the first part of the semester, students will explore the aims of community engagement focused on musical expression, interpersonal communication, media literacy, and girlhood. In the second half of the semester, students will design and create a pilot program for a local Girls Rock Camp, which will take place in June 2019. Students will develop the camp’s structure, partnerships, staffing and equipment needs, marketing, and implementation. JCM 499 will be piloted in Spring 2019.


  • Vincent Willis, Assistant Professor, New College. NEW 237: Cooperation & Conflict explores the various ways conflicts emerge throughout society and the different ways people employ cooperation to address conflict. Community placements will immerse students in organizations trained in addressing the shared relationship between conflict and cooperation. Students will be responsible for performing the civic duties of the organization while consciously reflecting on how the organization is contributing to conflict and/or cooperation in society. A revised version of NEW 237 will be offered in Fall 2018.