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UTSA Service-Learning Symposium features keynote on community involvement

Jeffrey Howard

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(March 28, 2013) -- Jeffrey Howard, founder and editor of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning and director of faculty development at the DePaul University Steans Center for Community-Based Service-Learning, will keynote the first UTSA Service-Learning Symposium. Free and open to the public, the event is 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 3 in the University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the UTSA Main Campus. The symposium is sponsored by the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center.

Speaking on "Transforming Service-Learning Teaching and Community Involvement into Community-Engaged Scholarship," Howard will focus on encouraging faculty to go beyond service-learning as a mere teaching strategy and harness their efforts to engage in research and scholarship.

Howard has taught, conducted research and published work on academic service-learning for 35 years. In 2011, he received the Distinguished Research Award from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. Nancy Martin, UTSA associate vice provost for core curriculum and QEP, will serve as master of ceremonies for the event.

The symposium keynote will be followed by a student project poster session and reception, where students will display and discuss their efforts in the community. Awards will be given to recognize high-quality programs and projects.

>> Faculty members also will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop,"Developing a Premier Service-Learning Course," co-sponsored with the Teaching and Learning Center and facilitated by Jeffrey Howard. The training will be 9-11 a.m. in the University Center Travis Room (2.202) on the Main Campus. Register for the workshop at the Teaching and Learning Center website.

>> To learn more about the Service-Learning Symposium, visit the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center website or call 210-458-4770.

 

 

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