Service-Learning Faculty

Meet our amazing faculty...
Lynn Sondag

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
Assistant Professor and Department Chair, Art

Emily Wu, Instructor, Religious Studies, Dominican University

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

Lindsey Dean

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

Julia van der Ryn, Assist Professor Term, Humanities, Service-Learning Director, Dominican University

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

cynthia taylor

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

Thomas Burke, Assistant Professor Term, English, Dominican University

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

Image of Jordan Lieser

History is generally considered to be the study of the past as it relates to people. 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

Sr Carla Kovack, Assoc Director, Campus Ministry, Dominican University

How do ideas, theories and historical documents become real? When our own experiences connect us with these ideas, theories and history and they become incarnated in our lives of service.

Sr Carla Kovack
Instructor, Religion