Over 250 research-active faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences--discovering and exploring every day. Though it's impossible to list all of that exciting work, we can share some current highlights.
Learning more about the families and children of prisoners in Vermont -- UVM sociologists Alice Fothergill and Kathy Fox
- Fothergill started the process in her Service Learning Internship seminar, which typically has students work 10-15 hours per week at a local non-profit agency or organization.
- Fox continued the evaluation the following semester in her Criminal Justice Seminar, resulting in interviewing 379 inmates (25 percent of the Vermont’s total in-state prison population) at Vermont’s seven correctional facilities.
- Results from the 90-plus-question survey were tabulated by students in Sociology Professor Jennifer Strickler’s Fundamentals of Social Research course for analysis by Fox’s 18 students.
- Students said they were eager to analyze the data and come up with policy recommendations they could present to the Vermont Department of Corrections executive team and to the Agency of Human Services director of integrated family services.
“As a teacher, seeing students taking ownership and doing service to the state has made this one of the most rewarding experiences in my 20 years of teaching,” Fox says. “My students love the idea that the results of their work might inform policy that could help these individuals. I think we’ll make a difference.”
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