Current Service-Learning Course Development Grant Award Recipients

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2016 Awards

Nita Eskew – Chemistry

Garden Chemistry

This course will engage students in the search of purslane (Portulaca oleracea), an edible, medicinal plant. While strengthening their scientific skills, students will develop a deeper understanding of chemistry and its impact on society.

Christi Hurt – Women’s and Gender Studies

Leadership and Violence Prevention

Leadership and Violence Prevention is an examination of interpersonal violence, the factors that enable it, and prevention strategies. The course will be of particular interest to students who want a better understanding of how to work in peer groups and communities to end the cycle of violence. We will examine violence on both individual and structural levels, considering perpetrators, victims/survivors and bystanders.

Rachel Schaevitz – Communication

Production and Practice of Media in the Public Service

Students will form four to five-person crews, choose from among a selection of University and community partners as their “client” and devote the remainder of the semester to producing a single, polished media project designed to educate the public on a particular topic. Examples might include a seven to 10-minute video that helps K-12 teachers understand and teach a contemporary issue being researched in a department on campus, or a 10-minute documentary that explains the goals and collaborative efforts of UNC with a local nonprofit organization. In this course, media production students hone their technical skills in a way that actively creates enhanced connections between students and their community and encourages students to explore ways that media in the public service can enhance their own learning, educate others and contribute to positive social

Stephanie Kiser – Pharmacy

Rural Pharmacy Health – Outreach and Screenings for Rural Western North Carolinians

This course offers Rural Pharmacy Health Certificate participants a service learning experience for practical application of key concepts of the Certificate program. The course will focus on the development, implementation and post-reflections for community outreach and screenings for rural residents in western North Carolina. Students will explore the cultural engagement needed to increase rural residents’ participation and awareness related to preventive screenings and health improvement.

Rhonda Lanning – Nursing

Women’s Health Issues in Haiti

This global health service-learning course experience will increase understanding of international women’s health issues with a specific focus on Haiti. An interdisciplinary group of students will be offered a semester-long seminar style elective including an experiential global health service-learning opportunity. This spring break service trip will include travel to Haiti in partnership with Family Health Ministries. Students will be encouraged to subsequently enroll in global health elective N489 and return to Haiti for a four-week period over the following summer to continue service and learning in Haiti.

Suzanne Gulledge – Education

Introduction to Teaching at the Middle LevelThis APPLES service-learning course is for any students interested to explore teaching or gain experience working in a school setting with young adolescent learners and is a required course for those who seek the North Carolina license for middle grades level teaching. Service-learning in a weekly school-based practicum is coupled with a course that contextualizes the experiential practicum within scholarly studies. After being trained as AVID tutors, students will work in schools and attend a university class session each week. Three academic credit-hours are earned through the combination of weekly course meetings, completion of reading and writing assignments and assessments, and weekly service-learning.

This APPLES service-learning course is for any students interested to explore teaching or gain experience working in a school setting with young adolescent learners and is a required course for those who seek the North Carolina license for middle grades level teaching. Service-learning in a weekly school-based practicum is coupled with a course that contextualizes the experiential practicum within scholarly studies. After being trained as AVID tutors, students will work in schools and attend a university class session each week. Three academic credit-hours are earned through the combination of weekly course meetings, completion of reading and writing assignments and assessments, and weekly service-learning.

Anna Agbe-Davies – Anthropology

Public Archaeology Practicum
Anthropology has a long history as an applied discipline, producing insights that are useful in the world as well as in the academy.  This course explores that dimension of the discipline through seminar discussions and the completion of an applied group project.  Members of this class will use their anthropological and archeological training to further the goals of a collaborating community.