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Service Learning Working Group

The Service Learning Working Group met regularly in 2011-12 in the form of a bi-monthly pedagogical colloquium.  The group may return soon, but until then the CFT continues to have a record of exemplary service learning instruction below, as well as regular workshops and consults on community engaged teaching.  Please contact the CFT for more information about these services and programs.

If you are interested in participating in the Service Learning Working Group, in leading a discussion, or in simply learning more about the group, please write Joe Bandy, Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching.

Past Presentations

Expanding Networks of Community Partnerships

February 3rd, 2011

Sharon Shields, Professor of the Practice of Health Promotion and Education, Peabody College



Liz Aleman, Healthy Children’s Manager and Adjunct Instructor, Monroe Carell Jr.’s Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University




Syllabus – HOD 2510 Health Service Delivery to Diverse Populations

Service-Learning Project – HOD 2510 Health & Human Services in Diverse Populations


Service Learning and the Ingram Scholars Program

March 14th, 2011

Marshall Eakin, Professor of History and Faculty Director of the Ingram Scholars Program






Bryn Sierra , Summer Program Coordinator, Ingram Scholars Program






Reflection: The Hyphen in Service-Learning

April 26th, 2011

Janet Eyler, Professor of the Practice of Education, Peabody College



Janey Eyler’s PowerPoint Presentation


Shaping Healthy Cities: A Service-Learning Collaboration with the Nashville Civic Design Center

September 16th, 2011, 12-1pm, Center for Teaching

Douglas D. Perkins, Professor of Human and Organizational Development, Peabody College; Founding Director, Center for Community Studies; Coordinator, International Communities Interest Group

Resources: Shaping Healthy Cities: Nashville Project Brief


Patricia Conway, PHD student, Community Research & Action, Peabody College and Project Manager, Nashville Civic Design Center




Gary Gaston, Design Director of the Nashville Civic Design Center; and Lecturer with the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design; and Master’s Degree candidate in Community Development & Action, Peabody College.

Resources: The Plan of Nashville



Open Discussion: Envisioning a Future for Service Learning at Vanderbilt

October 28th, 2011, 12-1pm, Center for Teaching

Service Learning Working Group

This past Summer, members of Vanderbilt’s Alliance for Community Engagement (ACE) formed subcommittees to better understand community engagement as it is currently practiced at Vanderbilt and other exemplary institutions across the U.S.  Over the course of ACE’s October 17th meeting (12-1pm in the Commons Multipurpose Room 235) and the Service Learning Working Group’s meeting on October 28th, there will be a discussion of the results of this work.  The October 17th meeting will focus on the reports from ACE subcommittees.  The October 28th meeting will have a more open discussion of possible directions for the future of service learning and community engagement at Vanderbilt.  All are welcome to participate in both meetings.


Service Learning and the Second Language Acquisition Program

November 14th, 2011, 3:10-4pm, Center for Teaching

Elena Olazagasti-Segovia, Senior Lecturer of Spanish and Portuguese

with students, Caroline Martin and Ashley Rasa


Resources: Second-Language Acquisition
and Academic Service-Learning – PowerPoint Presentation


Spring 2012 Presentations

Inside-Out: A Collaborative Learning Community between Undergraduate Students and People Who Are Incarcerated

February 17th, 2012, 12-1pm, Center for Teaching


Sarah Passino, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English

with students, Almidys Perez (’13) and Crystal Finley (’13)

Resources: English 102W, “Stories of Crime and Justice in the Americas: Reading against the Walls”



Community Empowerment and Service Learning: Sustainability, Justice & the City

March 16th, 2012, 12-1pm, Center for Teaching

Jim Fraser, Associate Professor of Human and Organizational Development

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