2019-2021 Cohort


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Paul Valdez

Position: Associate Director, Center for Public Impact
Phone: 419-372-9287
Email: paulv@bgsu.edu

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Joanna Line

Position: Graduate Assistant, Center for Public Impact
Phone: 419-372-5467
Email: jmline@bgsu.edu


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Kerri Knippen

Position: Assistant Professor, Dietetics
Phone: 419-372-8316
Email: kknippe@bgsu.edu

Kerri Knippen’s research interests include maternal, infant, and child health (breastfeeding, gestational diabetes), and patient-centered care approaches related to chronic conditions (diabetes, cancer).

Kerri developed the course FN 6070: Family & Community Nutrition. This course explores the topics of family and community nutrition, which includes in-depth analysis of assessment of needs, planning, developing, and evaluating community nutrition programs.  The goal of this course is to provide students with “a real world, authentic” learning experience. Students experience and address a range of issues pertinent to community nutrition including problems from across the lifespan, such as pregnancy, infancy, childhood, through older adulthood. Community nutrition program planning and evaluation are strongly addressed throughout the course. The course also highlights current challenges and opportunities for the community nutrition expert to play a role in improving the health of the public through nutrition.

The community partners that have been engaged with this course include: Community Cares Clinic- Free Medical Clinic, That Neighborhood Church, and Head Start, United Way Henry Country, Bowling Green Alternative Breaks (bGAB), and several local health departments.

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Lara Martin-Lengel

Position: Professor, Media & Communication
Phone: 419-372-7653
Email: lengell@bgsu.edu

Lara Martin-Lengel’s research interests include transnational media, gender, and cultural studies, communication for environmental sustainability, and media and communication in the Middle East and North Africa.

Lara Martin Lengel and Scott C. Martin and have been engaged in building university partnerships in Costa Rica since their first visit to the country in 2011. They have visited the campuses and have met with international student program officials at Earth University, the University of Peace and, most recently, with faculty and administrators at the UCR Office of International Affairs and External Cooperation at the University of Costa Rica.  Having travelled extensively throughout Costa Rica, together and with their four children, they have experience with group travel logistics to and within the country. 

Lara developed the course COMM 4060/MC 5870 (cross listed with HIST 4950/5820) Cultural Studies in Costa Rica. This is an intensive, three-week experiential, interdisciplinary course that explores the history and culture of Costa Rica. It covers a range of topics including Costa Rica’s approach to and experience of historical and contemporary efforts in environmental sustainability, environmental and economic justice, peace studies, conflict resolution and prevention, intercultural communication, historical and contemporary studies of regional and national media in the country, international relations, cultural, ethnic and national identity, sustainable business and tourism, history of political democracy, law, and indigenous cultures. Students visit historical, cultural, and environmental sites in the Central Valley and Central and Southern Pacific Coast regions of Costa Rica.

The community partners throughout Costa Rica that have been engaged with this course include the Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center, T'a Naso Bróran, Territorio Indígena Térraba, Gestor Cultural, Rincón Ecológico Térraba, Fundacion Greenglass CR, Ministerio de Ambiente, Energía, and Willing Workers on Organic Farms.

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Cheryl Hoy

Position: Senior Lecturer, English
Phone: 419-372-4658
Email: choy@bgsu.edu

Cheryl’s research interests include reflection and reflective writing and practices, teaching for transfer, teaching and learning scholarship, rhetoric and writing studies, writing in context, technical writing, technical and scientific communication, writing genres, writing in the disciplines, writing across the curriculum, and online writing courses and programs.

Cheryl redesigned the course ENG 3880: Introduction to Technical Writing. This is a required course for several majors and minors. This course provides students a foundational understanding of reading and writing for academic purposes. Students engage readings from multiple genres, develop strategies for creating effective written arguments and reflect on their writing with an eye toward transferring knowledge about writing to new situations. Using a workshop approach, students build confidence as readers, writers, and critical thinkers by taking on writing projects that have meaning to them personally. Working together, students and faculty explore understandings of how writing works in academic contexts through the process of composing writing that includes, but is not limited to, digital, visual, and narrative expository texts.

The community partner engaged with this course is the Business District Learning Community in the College of Business Administration.

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Abhishek Bhati

Position: Assistant Professor, Political Science
Phone: 419-372-6378
Email: abhati@bgsu.edu

Abhishek’s research interests include nonprofit organization and philanthropy.

Abhishek redesigned POLS 6900: Public Administration Capstone. This course is the culmination of the BGSU Master of Public Administration program. The course offers each student the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the theory and practice of public administration by applying the knowledge and skills gained during the MPA program to improve the practice and processes of public and nonprofit organizations. During the course, students engage with public agencies and nonprofit organizations and carry out research aimed at improving the functioning of the public and nonprofit agencies. Also, the course aims to expand student’s professional network as well as intellectual capacities for reading and writing, critical thinking and analysis, leadership and project management, and visual and oral communication.

Community partners engaged with this course include the Wood County Historical Center & Museum, the Wood County Committee on Aging, and the Bowling Green Community Foundation.

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Laura Fullenkamp

Position: Assistant Clinical Professor, Criminal Justice
Phone: 419-372-9548
Email: fullenl@bgsu.edu

Laura’s research interests include criminal justice and behavioral health.

Laura developed CRJU 4800: Senior Seminar in collaboration with Catherine Pape, who developed CRJU 2100: Introduction to Criminal Justice. Both courses are components of the Criminal Justice Learning Community. The Senior Seminar course introduces students to the purposes and elements of grant writing. In this course, students learn about different types of grants, the sources of information on available grant funding, and how to write a grant proposal. Successful completion of the course will prepare students to work on grant projects and assist/lead in efforts to secure grant funding in a range of different agency settings. Additionally, the course will increase students’ involvement in the Wood County Community and Criminal Justice Learning Community through community-engagement during the course.

Community partners engaged in this course include behavioral health treatment providers, advocacy agencies in Wood County, and organizations that address re-entry. 

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Catherine Pape

Position: Assistant Teaching Professor, Criminal Justice
Phone: 419-372-9177
Email: cpape@bgsu.edu

Catherine’s research interests include criminal justice and behavioral health.

Catherine developed 2100: Introduction to Criminal Justice in collaboration with Laura Fullenkamp, who developed CRJU 4800: Senior Seminar. Both courses are components of the Criminal Justice Learning Community. This course provides an introductory overview of the criminal justice system. This course covers the philosophical, historical, and operational aspects of criminal justice agencies. Additionally, crime and corrections problems and the response by criminal justice agencies are covered. The theme, collateral consequences of a criminal record, is explored throughout the semester in the way of panel presentations, group activities, research, and site visits. First-year students in this course are teamed with graduate student mentors to engage in a semester-long community-based research project.

Community partners engaged in this course include behavioral health treatment providers, advocacy agencies in Wood County, and organizations that address re-entry. 

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William Daniels

Position: PhD Candidate, American Culture Studies
Email: dbwilli@bgsu.edu

Will’s research interests include Queer & Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Suburban Studies, and Feminist Pedagogy.

Will redesigned ETHN 1010: Introduction to Ethnic Studies. This is a gateway course to the field of Ethnic Studies and introduces students to interdisciplinary analyses of race and ethnicity in the

U.S. The course explores the social construction of race and ideologies of race in colonial conquest, slavery, and immigration. It also examines processes and negotiations of racialization and the intersections of race with other hierarchies. This section will include a community-based learning experience, a Critical Race Theory Action Project.

Community partners engaged in this course include D-Town Farm and PizzaPlex.