2016-2017 Engaged Scholar Faculty Fellows Selected

Five faculty from across the state have been selected for the 2016-2017 class of Iowa Campus Compact’s Engaged Scholar Faculty Fellows. This will be the fourth year of the program, which promotes community-engaged scholarship and teaching. Selected fellows participate in a learning community throughout the year while launching or enhancing a service-learning course or other community-engaged research or project. They also receive a $1,000 stipend to support their efforts.
1462817117Dr. Heather Brady, Grand View University
Dr. Heather Brady is an Associate Professor of Liberal Arts, teaching community engagement courses related to global awareness. She has taught French language, culture and literature. Her project, “Engaging Core II Students with Refugee Youth: Strengthening the Partnership between Grand View and Pursuit of Innovation” will focus on creating a reciprocal community partnership with Pursuit of Innovation (pi) 515, a non-profit providing refugee youth with mentoring opportunities through computer programming. She will maximize student learning while fulfilling host
organization needs; create course components that will serve as a cultural orientation for my students; improve communications with host organizations about program needs; create better opportunities for feedback about the experience.
1462808803Dr. Theresa Donofrio, Coe College
Dr. Theresa A. Donofrio is the Esther and Robert Armstrong Assistant Professor of Rhetoric. She teaches a wide variety of Communication Studies courses informed by critical/cultural methodologies, including a seminar on environmental advocacy designed to foster civic engagement through collaborative advocacy projects with community partners. Her project, “Vocabularies for Public Criticism” will explore the connections among the public humanities, community-engaged scholarship, and changing media technologies. Inspired by the emergence of media platforms designed to facilitate collaborative forms of humanistic inquiry, she will be examining how the public performance of criticism can open space to rethink the relationship between community engagement and public-facing humanities work.
1462808857Dr. Amber Manning-Ouellette, Iowa State University
Dr. Amber Manning-Ouellette is a faculty member in Leadership Studies. She teaches various leadership courses including service-learning and global leadership study abroad program in Stockholm, Sweden. She is passionate
about civic engagement; committing to over 5 years of teaching
service-learning. She has been involved in several service-learning
initiatives such as community projects in Kenya, Africa and urban
communities in Illinois and Iowa. Her project is a course entitled “Campus Leadership Development Service-learning.” The course has a standing service component and the proposed project for 2016-2017 aims to have students partner with the Community Housing Initiative, a nonprofit community organization in Des Moines and Ames. In groups, students will
develop academic programming for the children, provide leadership
opportunities for students of East High School, and develop a
large-scale activism project to promote social change.
1462808931Dr. Kathy Mercuris, Des Moines University
Dr. Kathy Mercuris, PT, DHS, is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy. She highly values service to her patients, families, and community. In her current position at Des Moines University, she supervises student volunteers in the community, coordinates a civic engagement course, and has started a Stroke Camp and a Fall Prevention Day. She has traveled with her students
to Jamaica to participate in global health missions. Her project, “How to self-reflect: Development of an On-line Teaching Module” will focus on improving the effectiveness of online reflection. The ability to self-assess and reflect upon the service experience varies widely among students. The purpose of this proposal is to develop and implement a teaching module for
students to understand the purpose and ability to reflect and write
about their service learning experiences.
1462808986Dr. Katie Rodgers, Coe College
Katie Rodgers is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She specializes in issues of race, class, and gender inequalities with special attention to sport and a new interest in the carceral system. Her project, “Transitioning Together: Developing a Community-Based Research Project with Graduating Seniors and Individuals Returning from Incarceration” is a senior capstone course on prisons in the U.S. She plans to partner with a community re-entry program on a collaborative research project. This will give students the chance to sharpen their own research skills, but also to help IORC meet an existing need. Knowledge generated here will serve the purpose of furthering students’ sociological perspective and IORC’s mission of
providing services and mentorship to “returning citizens.”

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