Previous Service-Learning Course Development Grant Award Recipients

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2015 Awards

Jessica Amsbary, Sallie Nowell, Tara Regan – Allied Health Sciences and Education
Autism in our Communities, an Interdisciplinary Perspective
This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the diverse topics related to the autism spectrum disorder. Topics covered include: diagnostic criteria, evidence-based treatment methods, issues affecting parents and siblings, multi-cultural issues and transition to adulthood.

Geoff Bell – Environment and Ecology
Conservation in Theory and Practice
This course will be designed to attract undergraduates who are interested in environmental issues. Students will learn about important ecological science underlying conversation, how ecological theory is used to conserve and restore ecosystems, as well as the tools and techniques professionals use to manage natural resources. Students in this course will engage in a week-long immersive field experience with a community partner.

Jean Davison – Nursing
Healthcare in the Global Context: Migrant Latino Health
This course offers a global health service-learning experience to increase understanding of migrant Latino health issues, with a focus on migrant children. Students will be offered a domestic, experiential service-learning opportunity within agencies in North Carolina that provide and facilitate health services to migrant Latino children and families.

Marsha Penner – Psychology
Special Topics in Neuroscience
This course explores the links between molecules, cells, systems and behavior. The focus will be neuroscience outreach, comparative neuroanatomy, human neuropathologies, electrical properties of neurons, synaptic physiology, and sensory and motor system function.

Amy Weil – Medicine
Intensive Integration Course Online
Students will explore sensitive issues relating to the transition to the clinical world. Students will reflect on both personal and patient experiences, identify and work through ethical dilemmas, continue development of clinical skills and strengthen abilities to work as individuals, with patients and colleagues to provide excellent care.

Marie Weil – Social Work
Community-led Sustainable Development
This course addresses issues relevant to grassroots organizations working in low-wealth communities engaging in sustainable development of land and revitalization of cultural and civic institutions. The course is designed to examine the triple bottom line – sustainable economic development, social justice and environmental stewardship. Students will explore processes of engagement with communities, including: issues of power and practices of planning, development, financing, management and evaluation.

2013 Awards

Harriet Able, School of Education
Families, Schools and Communities
This course examines issues of diversity and complexity of individual families and communities, as well as an appreciation of the value and importance of this complexity in child development and learning. Throughout the semester, students will volunteer with local families who have a child with developmental delays, linking these families with a range of community and school resources.

Cate Brubaker, Global Studies
Intercultural Education in K-12 Classrooms
This course addresses theories of global education, intercultural communication and intercultural competence. Students in the course will learn through a combination of theory, reflection and practice. Students will volunteer with K-12 schools to develop and teach lesson plans and global resources for North Carolina classrooms.

Mimi Chapman, School of Social Work
Images in Action: Using Visual Means to Create Change for New Immigrant Youth and Families
This first-year seminar explores the intersection of social work and the visual arts. Students will understand major theoretical perspectives, ethics and interventions related to on image use and interpretation, while also examining the educational and socio-emotional growth of youth. Students will implement an “images in action project” with local Latino youth.

Mark Dorosin, School of Law
Organizing and Research Methods for Excluded Communities
This course explores the history and issues facing excluded communities in North Carolina. Students will learn the application of community-based research methods and understand the challenges of communicating with isolated or oppressed communities.

Pierce Freelon, Music
Beat Making Lab
This course offers students an innovative approach to music pedagogy and entrepreneurship while demonstrating the potential of music to transform and connect youth. Students will partner with the Street Scene Teen Center to provide a modern musical outlet for high school-aged youth from Chapel Hill’s Northside community.

Michal Ostwerweil, Global Studies
Paradigms of Social Change/Paradigms of Development: Community Development Projects and Social Justice
This course explores paradigms of development and social justice. It asks how experiences of global, as well as domestic development and service connect to social change projects and paradigms. Students will volunteer in local organizations addressing issues of development and social change.

Nadia Yaqub, Asian Studies
Borders and Walls in the Arab World
This course examines the major political, social and cultural issues facing the modern Arab world and useful theoretical frameworks for understanding those issues. Students in this course will volunteer with local organizations who serve immigrants and refugees from throughout the world.

2012 Awards

Michael Burroughs, Visiting Lecturer, Department of Philosophy
Philosophy 592-Pre-College Philosophy (Philosophy in High Schools)

Amy Burtaine, Program Coordinator, Department of Communication Studies
COMM 390 Performing Sexual Health (UNC Sex-Ed Squad)

Kevin Chovanec, Instructor, Department of English and Comparative Literature
ENGL 105 APPLES Writing and Composition: Literacy Pedagogy in the Field

Sarah Hatcher, Instructor, Institute for the Environment
ENVR 296 Environmental Justice and Community-based Participatory Research

Rhonda Lanning, Clinical Instructor, School of Nursing
Service to the Childbearing Family

Leslie McAbee, Instructor, Department of English and Comparative Literature
ENGL 105 APPLES Writing and Composition: Literacy Pedagogy in the Field

Rachel Seidman, Associate Director, Study of the American South
Women’s Activism in U.S. History and Today

Jordan Radke, Instructor, Department of Sociology
SOCI 397

2011 Awards

Alice Ammerman, Director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Department of Nutrition and the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
NUTR 696-041 Sustainable Local Food Systems-Intersection of Local Foods and Public Health

Geoff Bell, Lecturer, Institute for the Environment
ENST 490 Restoration Ecology

Molly Creel, Instructor, School of Government
PUBA 401 Public Service Theory and Practice

Brian Hogan, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry
CHEM 430H Biochemistry-APPLES

Scott Kirsch, Associate Professor, Department of Geography
GEOG 650 Technology and Democracy

Kari Kozlowski, Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology
SOCI 423 Sociology of Education

Jennifer Miller, Graduate Assistant, Department of Public Policy
PLCY 399 Public Policy in the Workplace

Tessa Nicholas, Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
COMP 380 Computers and Society