Faculty Focus Series

Exploring best practices in community-based teaching, community-based research, and community and civic engagement topics.

Fall 2018 Faculty Focus Series

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Presenters: Dr. Jessica Turos, Paul Valdez

Join us for a workshop about designing specific, measurable civic learning outcomes .  This workshop will address the definition and components of civic learning, as well as how attention to semantics and syntax in learning outcomes can help instructors to design assignments that enable clear assessment of student learning.

Presenters: Joanna Line, Paul Valdez, Leigh-Anne Pahapill

This workshop will address the key differences between the critical model of service-learning and the traditional model of service-learning, and will offer considerations for designing service learning courses as well as useful resources.  BGSU examples will highlight the critical model of service-learning.  

Presenters: Dr. Lee Nickson, Dr. Radhika Gajjala, Riddhima Sharma, Paul Valdez, Sue Ellen McComas, Tracy McGinley

This workshop will offer a variety of models of assignments, which provide students the opportunity to create products that reflect their learning experience.  BGSU faculty and staff will present assignments/activities that they have developed and implemented including a Community Writing Symposium,  Fembot Collective podcasting, Digital Storytelling, and the Facing Project community storytelling.

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Spring 2016

Monday, April 11, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., BTSU Room 314

Dr. Wendy Watson from the Gerontology Program will discussed her Spring 2016 community-based learning course where she utilized PhotoVoice, a model developed to utilize innovative participatory photography and digital storytelling methods to enable individuals to represent themselves and create tools for advocacy and communication.  In GERO 6530 Research Methods in Gerontology, Dr. Wendy Watson utilized the PhotoVoice model to conduct research with her students and older adults.  The aim of the project was to provide older adults with a voice through photography to share their expectations, observations, and experiences to more deeply examine their quality of life in Wood County.  Dr. Watson shared information about the design of her course, the PhotoVoice model, opportunities and challenges with the implementation of her course, and lessons learned along the way.

Thursday, February 18, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Center for Community and Civic Engagement, Hayes Hall Room 301

In this workshop faculty members from Environmental Studies and Theatre and Film shared how they integrated service-learning pedagogy into their courses.  They highlighted information about developing community partnerships, designing syllabi and learning activities, reflection elements, and opportunities and challenges encountered during their service-learning journey.

Thursday, January 21, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Room 314  

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Gabe Matney and Dr. Russell Mills regarding their designs of international service-learning courses.  Dr. Matney designed and implemented an international service-learning course focused on math education in Thailand.  Dr. Mills has designed an international service-learning course for Iceland to launch this May focused on sustainability and tourism in Iceland.  Both will share reflections about best practices in service-learning such as working with international community partners, establishing course learning outcomes, designing impactful learning activities, and navigating challenges of the process.  Michelle Ploegar from Education Abroad and International Programs will also be available with information about the process at BGSU for initiating a new study abroad course.

Fall 2015

Friday, December 4, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Center for Faculty Excellence Studio, 202 University Hall

RSVP to Paul Valdez at paulv@bgsu.edu

Join us for a Skype conversation with J.R. Jamison of The Facing Project. The Facing Project connects people through stories to strengthen communities. Their model guides communities as they enlist a team of writers to be paired one-on-one with citizens who are facing life circumstances that deserve to be shared to better educate the broader community.  The pairs meet, get to know each other and share stories of triumph and tragedy, of loneliness and community, of hate and happiness, of deep depression and lofty goals.  The writers will use their talents to take on the voice and persona of their subjects and write as if they were them – in the first person – bringing to life a voice that has been silenced, while keeping the anonymity of the subjects.  All projects culminate with a book to be shared throughout the community, and acted out by local actors through community theater and monologues – bringing a face to the voice.  Through these awareness outlets, communities can begin to sit down together to face the next steps of discovering new, grassroots solutions to the problem.

Impact Research for Service-Learning Practitioners: Instructor Reflections of Inquiry and Engagement

Thursday, Nov. 19, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Center for Faculty Excellence Studio, 202 University Hall

Presented by:

While the impact of service learning on students is well documented, woefully little research addresses the impact on instructors. Presenters will share findings of a research study, conducted in partnership with the Colorado Service-Learning Council, which included interviews with diverse service learning practitioners (faculty member, K12 teacher, nonprofit instructor, etc.) and institutions. The findings suggest that service learning instructors reap direct and indirect benefits including impacts on their teaching, relationships with students and fellow instructors, sense of personal civic engagement and intrinsic value, among others. By the end of the session, participants will: 1) gain an understanding of our research findings (i.e. the impacts of service learning on practitioners), 2) explore how these research findings can be applied/used to advance service learning and best support practitioners at their own institutions, and 3) have an increased awareness of the Colorado Service-Learning Council, including how others could replicate a similar collaborative group in their own state/region.

Designing an International Service-Learning Module for Students

Monday, November 16, 8:00-9:00 a.m. Center for Faculty Excellence Studio, 202 University Hall

Presented by:

  • Opportune Zongo, Associate Professor, Romance and Classical Studies, Bowling Green State University

Opportune Zongo, a 2014-2016 Service-Learning Faculty Learning Community participant, will discuss her experience designing of an international service-learning module for students in Burkina Faso. This is a one-month, 6-credit hour summer program based in the capital city of Ouagadougou.  There are two courses in the program taught by Professors from the University of Ouagadougou and the eminent filmmaker, Gaston Kaboré.  The program provides students the opportunity to explore the traditional and governmental systems that impact the everyday experiences of Burkinabè including as they relate to gender, education, health, employment, the media and the legal system.  The courses expand beyond Burkina Faso to include various elements of cultures in Africa, in general, and French-speaking African cultures, in particular.  In addition, the program offers students opportunities for experiential learning related to the courses through scheduled weekday and weekend community service activities at cultural, social, and educational sites including, the University of Ouagadougou, a technical school, orphanages, a rural school, and nature preserves.

Digital Storytelling as an Assessment Tool for Student Learning in Service-Learning

Wednesday, November 4, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Center for Faculty Excellence Studio, 202 University Hall

Presented by:

  • Lee Nickoson, Associate Professor, Department of English, Bowling Green State University
  • Paul Valdez, Associate Director of Service-Learning, Bowling Green State University

Integrating a digital storytelling assignment into your course can be an effective way to assess student learning related to service-learning course activities.  By the end of this session, participants will 1) gain an understanding of how to integrate digital storytelling into a course, 2) explore how to best prepare students for this type of assignment, and 3) have an increased awareness of the Office of Service-Learning and associated resources.

Civic Engagement as Workforce Development

Tuesday, October 27, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Center for Faculty Excellence Studio, 202 University Hall

Presented by:

This session will focus on making the case for service-learning and community-based learning outcomes related to workforce development. Presenters will also share programmatic and pedagogical models (such as design-thinking, curricular and co-curricular service) and their experience in helping students connect their service work to the job market. 

Spring 2015

Presented by Ken Garland and Stephen Merrill

Monday, March 23, 2015 from 1-2 pm in the Center for Faculty Excellence

Instructors Ken Garland and Stephen Merrill will share information about how they designed and implemented a service-learning course in telecommunications for the 2014-2015 academic year.  The students in the course filmed and produced LiveWire, a WBGU televised music series.  One aim of the course was to generate more excitement in the Bowling Green community about live music.  The course partnered with various national musicians as well as the local Clazel Theater.

April Conway, Ph.D. Candidate in Rhetoric and Writing, with undergraduate co-presenters: Emily Helm, Brooks Ludwig, and Nadia Oehler

Monday, February 23, 1-2 pm in the Center for Faculty Excellence

In fall 2014, students enrolled in ENG 2070: Intermediate Writing with a Service-Learning component were asked to explore personal, communal and disciplinary concepts of literacies and discourses of place. For the service-learning project, students chose a community agency to partner with and then completed several writing assignments in preparation and reflection of their experience. In this presentation, Rhetoric and Writing PhD candidate April Conway, along with three of her 2070 students, will discuss the learning outcomes, course concepts, assignments, and experiences of the service-learning project in this course.

Dr. Lisa Hanasono, Department of Communication

Monday, January 26, 2015 from 1-2 pm in the Center for Faculty Excellence

Last year, students enrolled in COMM 3030: Persuasion partnered with Not in Our Town, Downtown BG, the United Way of Wood County, BGSU’s Student Technology Assistance Center, and the BG Farmers’ Market to invite community members to show their support for diversity and inclusion. In this multimedia presentation, Dr. Lisa Hanasono will discuss a series of service-learning projects and pedagogical approaches that positioned students to develop new communication skills, apply class concepts, develop their professional portfolios, build partnerships with nonprofit organizations, and make a positive impact in the local community.

Fall 2014

Dr. Laura Landry-Meyer and student co-presenters Sean Herman, Kelley McDonnell, and Andrew Miller

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 10 – 11 a.m. in University Hall, Room 301

Listening Post started in Fall 2011 and is an academic course with a campus service-learning component. Non-judgmental listening in a supportive community environment is beneficial to the common good of a campus community. The Listening Post, cultivates developmental relationships with peers, undergraduate teaching assistants (UTAs), and co-instructors in two cohorts each semester: newbie and alumni. The use of alumni (students who have successfully completed the course) enhances developmental relationships and promotes course sustainability as alumni sustain the service of listening while the new cohort is trained. UTAs, alumni, and faculty will present their community experience based on peer teaching and other strategies while highlighting the service-learning course design and implementation. 

Spring 2012

The Old South End Mural Project
Gordon Ricketts, Lecturer and Director, Arts Village Service

Learning with Young and At-Risk Populations: Providing Service to Understand Others
Emily Rusnak, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Service-Learning in Cross-Cultural Education on the Navajo Reservation
Christopher J. Frey, Assistant Professor Education Foundations, Leadership Policy

The Pragmatics, Problematic, and Possibilities of Incorporating Collaborative Community-Based Research in a Graduate Seminar
Lee Nickoson, Assistant Professor Rhetoric Writing (English)

Fall 2011

Feminist Pedagogy and Counselor Education: Framework for Addressing Student Crisis
Sherona Garrett-Ruffin, Chapman Learning Community

Using Art to Build the Community and Sustain Families
Joel O'Dorisio, Chapman Learning Community

Greasing the Skids: Approximating Mutually Beneficial Field Placements for Teacher Candidates
Patrick Vrooman, Partners in Context & Community Learning Center

Spring 2011

Informational Session: Become a Member of BG's Service-Learning Community
Jane Rosser, Director, Office of Service-Learning

What Grows in the Garden: How a Community Garden Fostered a Writing Community
Amanda McGuire Rzicznek, General Studies Writing

Office of Service-Learning, Service-Learning Faculty Reunion and Social

Fall 2010

You CAN have your cake and eat it, too!: Using Humanities Perspectives on Food for Service-Learning Projects
Lucy Long, instructor, School of Human Movement, Sport, & Leisure Studies

Voices Against Domestic Violence: Partnerships for Public Engagement in a General Studies Writing Class
Susan Carlton, Instructor, General Studies Writing Program

Service-Learning in Leisure Service for Older Adults
Bob Lee, Assistant Professor, School of Human Movement, Sport, & Leisure Studies

Service-Learning and Pre-Professional Education
Lynne Hewitt, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Spring 2010

Reading Luna: A Joint Project with English 3450/Adolescent literature and a Sophomore English Class at Maumee Valley Country Day School
Rona Klein, Lecturer, English Department
Natalie Price, Upper School English Teacher, Maumee Valley Country Day School

You CAN Have Your Cake and Eat it, too! Using Humanities Perspectives on Food for Service-Learning Projects
Lucy Long, Instructor, School of Human Movement, Sport, & Leisure Studies

Understanding Organizational Communication through Service-Learning Group Projects
Canchu Lin, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication

Working in the Fields: Locally-based Service-Learning with an International Group
Kristie Foell, Director, Global Village

Reality Writing: Service-Learning in GSW1110
Donna Nelson-Beene, Director/Associate Professor, General Studies Writing Program
Ann Westrick, Instructor, General Studies Writing Program

Service-Learning in Leisure Services for Older Adults
Bob Lee, Assistant Professor, School of Human Movement, Sport, & Leisure Studies

Fall 2009

Reptiles in the Classroom: Service-Learning in Biology Classes
Eileen underwood, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

War, Film, and the Soldier Experience: Exploring War and Military Service through Film, Testimony, and Service-Learning
Brett Holden, Assistant Professor, Theatre and Film

Intergenerational Service-Learning Projects
Nancy Orel, Associate Professor, Gerontology

Spring 2009

Agile Software Factory for Student Service-Learning
Joe Chao, Associate Professor, Computer Science

Service-Learning in Business Classes
Mary Ellen Benedict, Professor, Economics

Exploring Latino/a Culture through Service-Learning
Valeria GrinbergPla, Assistant Professor, Romance and Classical Studies

Fall 2008

The Parent/Professional Partnership Project
Mary Murray, Assistant Professor, School of Counseling and Special Education
Vicki Snyder, Director and Timothy Floyd, Family Support Specialist, The EduCare Center

General Chemistry Water Quality Service-Learning Project at BGSU Firelands
Linda Cornell, Assistant Professor, BGSU Firelands, Natural and Social Sciences
Dr. David Klarer, Research Coordinator, Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve

Service-Learning through middle Eastern Dance
Sherona Garrett-Ruffin, Instructor, Chapman Learning Community

Spring 2008

Research and Service-Learning: Combining Agendas for Multiple Wins
Ralph Hanke, Assistant Professor, management
Kristine Hoover, Instructor, Management

Building an Interdisciplinary Set of Service-Learning Courses from the Ground Up
Bob Midden, Director, Chapman Learning Community & Members of the Chapman Learning Community Faculty

Service-Learning in Two Unique Conditions: Across Semesters with Executive Students
Karen Eboch, Lecturer, Management
Deborah O'Neil, Assistant Professor, Management

3d Art: Visual Narratives: Service-Learning in Art with Area Community Partners
Joe Meiser, Instructor, School of Art

Fall 2007

Experiential, Transformational Learning Trips: Or two old (wise) guys take students on trips to places they might never go to on their own.
Gordon Rickets, Director of Arts Village and School of Art
Bill Thompson, Instructor, Continuing & Extended Education

Report on the 2007 National Gathering of Service-Learning the CSUMB Workshop Experience
Khani Begum, Associate Professor, English Department
Kate Collins, Instructor, Theatre & Film Department & Chapman Learning Community

Service-Learning for the Introductory Experience: Field Experience in EDHD 201
Sansanee Ohlson, Instructor, Teaching & Learning