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Engaging Students in the Community and the World
From the Executive Director
In his classic study of College: The Undergraduate Experience in America (1987), Ernest Boyer concluded that colleges in the U.S. had lost sight of the moral and civic purpose of education. Through the years, others have acknowledged (and some have bemoaned) the trends cited by Boyer: confusion about mission, obsession with vocationalism, faculty who focus exclusively on disciplinary expertise and technical skills, a rift between academic and student affairs divisions, the widening gap between colleges and universities and the larger world. Recently, however, new opportunities for civic education have presented themselves. The financial meltdown and the election of the first African-American president in late 2008 have captured the attention of college students nationwide. Moreover, some faculty and staff at our colleges have begun to devise ways of tapping this new student awareness (and their impulse toward volunteerism) so as to engage students in the community and the world.
In November 2010 faculty members and other representatives of Faculty Resource Network institutions addressed these questions and issues during a national symposium on “Engaging Students in the Community and the World,” hosted by Howard University in Washington, D.C.
The 2010 National Symposium examined how colleges and universities can effectively reclaim their vital role as educators of individuals and citizens who are knowledgeable, civically engaged, and morally and socially responsible for others–in the community and across the world.
In this eighth issue of our online NETWORK: A Journal of Faculty Development, we present excerpts from a number of the presentations that were delivered during that symposium.
Debra M. Szybinski
Executive Director, Faculty Resource Network
Academic Advisement to Help Students Engage with the Community: Faculty Perspectives on the Process
Excerpts from a presentation by Cynthia S. Wiseman and Holly Messitt, Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Awakening Judgment in a Community College Philosophy Classroom
Excerpts from a presentation by Evelyn Wortsman Deluty, Nassau Community College.
Benefits of Embedding Service-Learning Projects into a Construction Design Course
Excerpts from a presentation by Orla LoPiccolo, Farmingdale State College.
Community Engaged Pedagogy When the Local World is Global
Excerpts from a presentation by Vialla Hartfield-Méndez, Emory University.
Empowering Communities of Disadvantaged Individuals and Locales with Advanced Support and Technologies
Excerpts from a presentation by James P. Lawler, Jean F. Coppola, Pauline Mosley, Lin J. Drury, Sharon Stahl Wexler, Pace University, and Barbara A. Thomas, Westchester Community College.
Engaging Marginalized and Disadvantaged Students in Social Justice, Community Engagement and Public Affairs Issues
Excerpts from a presentation by Nicola Davis Bivens, Anita Bledsoe-Gardner, Thomas B. Priest, and Deborah Brown Quick, Johnson C. Smith University.
Engaging Students in the Community and the World: Does the Rest of the World Really Matter to Our Students?
Excerpts from a presentation by Jeffrey Gaab, Farmingdale State University.
Global Problems, Accessible Data, and Technology in Social Science Research
Excerpts from a presentation by Richard Vogel, Farmingdale State University.
Living Newspapers: Using Theater and History to Engage Students in Current Problems
Excerpts from a presentation by Sharon Ann Musher, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
Making a Difference: Students and Civic Engagement
Excerpts from a presentation by Thelma Baxter, William Paterson University, Joan Tropnas, St. John’s University, and Nancy Philip, In-Tech Academy.
Making Economics Relevant: Introducing Social and Global Issues into the Classroom
Excerpts from a presentation by Xu Zhang and Richard Vogel, Farmingdale State College.
Mentoring Latinas: A School-University Collaborative Project on the Impact of Gender and Culture in the Lives of Hispanic American Girls
Excerpts from a presentation by Ellen Silber, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service.
Preparing College Students for Democratic Citizenship through Deliberative Dialogue
Excerpts from a presentation by Andrea Montgomery, Tougaloo College.
Providing a Global Perspective of Teaching and Learning through Collaboration and Utilization of Alternative Community Placement Sitesin the Teacher Education Program Field Experience
Excerpts from a presentation by Rita Mitchell, Huston Tillotson University.
Putting the Emphasis on Human Rights in a Post-9/11 World: Human Rights Education at the University of San Francisco
Excerpts from a presentation by Onllwyn Dixon, Susan Roberta Katz, Juliet Schiller, University of San Francisco.
Striving for Symbiosis: Developing a Partnership to Serve the Community and the Mission of the Liberal Arts Education
Excerpts from a presentation by Cindy Mercer, Rebecca Mushtare, Anthony Naaeke, Marymount Manhattan College, and Audrey Tannen, EIS Housing Resource Center
The Benefits that Accrue to Students and Community Partners from Embedding Service-Learning into the Marketing Curriculum
Excerpts from a presentation by Jennifer Barr, Richard Stockton College.
The Constitution: A Pathway to Civic Engagement
Excerpts from a presentation by Audrey Wolfson Latourette, Richard Stockton College.
Using Coursework to Create Informed Students for Today’s Global Village
Excerpts from a presentation by Jon Yasin, Bergen Community College.
Web of Support: Undergraduate Students Mentoring Low-Income Senior Citizens in Online Networking
Excerpts from a presentation by Sharon Stahl Wexler, Jean F. Coppola, Lin J. Drury, Pace University, and Barbara A. Thomas, Westchester Community College.
Who Needs Chemistry?
Excerpts from a presentation by Glen Hinckley, Farmingdale State College.