Faculty Fellows 2010-11
Cecilia Tenorio, Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures
In "Introduction to Translation and Interpretation", students who are fluent in Spanish and English interact with people in the community who have limmited English abilities, through various local agencies and schools. The goals of the service-learning portion of the course are to provide students with a practical learning environment, to develop student's awareness of the needs in the community, and to provide much needed services to local organizations that they could not afford otherwise. According to the student's needs, language skills and preferences, they are given the choice of working in a medical, legal, educational or social services setting, or they can rotate among several of them. Students can also choose to concentrate on oral interpretation or on the written translations of documents that, for the most part, are going to be published or made public.
Jennifer Bay, Professor of English
Professor Bay has incorporated service learning into her teaching in the Professional Writing program over the past ten years in a variety of courses, most notably through English 488, the Professional Writing internship course. Students undertake internships with a variety of local not-for-profit agencies and organizations where they can leverage their talent in writing and communication for the good of the local community. Professor Bay has recently started what she calls an iterative engagement program with Food Finders Food Bank, starting with English 203, an undergraduate professional writing course in the Department of English, which introduces students to the application of research methods. During the fall of 2010, students partnered with the Department of Foods and Nutrition, local food bank (Food Finders) and statewide outreach program, Indiana's Food for the Hungry, to undertake a service learning project. The objective of the project was to conduct a survey assessment related to nutrition, food and education needs of emergency food programs in a 16 county region. Students conducted brief interviews with workers of emergency food programs such as food pantries, to assess food and education needs including items most requested or underutilized by the community. The results of the interviews were used to develop training and outreach materials for the Food Finders Food Bank. Following this course, a Professional Writing intern worked with Food Finders to further develop these materials, and Professor Bay's students in future courses will continue to work with Food Finders. Because of this partnership, English students learn about food and nutrition needs in the local community, while also applying their research, writing, and publishing skills in a real world setting.
Ellen Schellhase, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Sonak Pastakia, Professor of Pharmacy Practice