Service-Learning Faculty

Meet our engaged and thoughtful faculty...
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Through service-learning, higher education and communities see one another as creative resources that inspire vision and action for positive change. Each semester, the picture becomes clearer: art sustains us and we sustain the arts.

Lynn Sondag
Instructor, Art


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Spiritual and religious dimensions of ethnic cultures are difficult to talk about without actual experiential contexts. Service-learning provides great opportunities for students to participate in the activities and lives of fellow citizens with a wide range of social, economic, cultural, and ideological locations. It not only allows the students to better understand the globalized world they live in, but also for them to reflect on who they are as individuals and as members of the greater collective.
Emily Wu, Instructor, Religion/Philosophy

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Service-learning makes my religion classes more meaningful to me and my students because it helps us apply the religious values we are learning/reading about to the community where we live.
Cynthia Taylor
Assistant Professor, Religion/History, Religion

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Service-learning provides an opportunity to reflect on the deeper root causes of unsolved public issues related to course content, while participating in meaningful action toward their solution.
Lindsey Dean
Instructor, Humanities/Philosophy

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For me philosophy is about connecting thinking to action. As noted by Paulo Freire, "There is no knowledge without practice". I cannot imagine teaching Philosophy or Ethics without having the students actively living these ideas in the community.
Julia van der Ryn
Assist Professor, Humanities/Philosophy, Service-Learning Director

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Service is truly a text in my Literature of Gender Subcultures Class. Students say, write and continuously demonstrate that in the service the literature comes alive in unexpected ways. Service teaches things that I cannot. Service is not abstract. It's messy and complicated and fun and tiring and enlivening, just like life. Service is real.
Thomas Burke
Assistant Professor, English/Humanities, Graduate Humanities

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My passion for Public History is two-fold. First, what is the point in studying peoples of the past if we do not share this information with the peoples of the present in creative, inspirational, and accessible ways? It is my opinion that historians should be active in the preservation, presentation, and historical discussion of their communities. Secondly, the engaged learning that takes place in Public History is to connect students with practical applications of Public History in their surrounding communities, get real world experience to help them in the exciting and growing Public History job market, and help enrich our community by adding to the historical understanding of our region.
Jordan Lieser
Instructor, History

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Jennifer Lucko
Instructor, Education

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Matthew E Davis
Instructor, Literature and Languages

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Perry Guevara
Instructor, Literature and Languages

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Amy Wong
Instructor, Literature and Languages

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Bradley Van Alstyne
Instructor, Communications & Media Studies

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Chase Clow
Instructor & Chair, Humanities