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Faculty Win Service-Learning Grants

By the view Staff Article published April 30, 2003

Five UVM faculty — Eileen Burgin, Susan Comerford, Anne Greenan-Naumann, Tom Hudspeth and Alan McIntosh — have won mini-grants to incorporate service learning in their fall classes.

This will allow their students to gain practical experience in areas such as political processes during elections, developing a book for educators about sustainable environmental development and initiating a long-term physical therapy outreach program. Community nonprofits and educational institutions will, in turn, gain important resources through students’ work.

All of the grant winners participated in the Faculty Fellows for Service-Learning program, where they explored the academic benefits of service-learning and developed materials for implementation in their courses. During this time, they also formed relationships with community partners with whom they will work.

The program is made possible by the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education and the Vermont Campus Compact. At UVM, these efforts are administrated by the Community Outreach Partnership Center. For more information about service learning on this campus, contact Courtney Lamontagne at 656-0095.