Lecture Series: Exploring Experiential Learning

A year-long series of events for faculty and staff sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Keynote Speaker — Janet Eyler

Thursday, October 29, 2009 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Martin Science Building, Room 315
(Reception Following)

Janet Eyler Janet Eyler , Ph.D., is Professor of the Practice of Education, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. A faculty member since 1976, she serves as Director of Undergraduate studies and directs master’s degree programs in Human Resource Development, Organizational Leadership and Service-Learning in Higher Education in the Department of Leadership and Organizations. Her scholarship focuses on various forms of experiential learning, including a number of publications on internships and service-learning. She is co-author with Dwight E. Giles, Jr. of Where’s the Learning in Service-Learning? (1999) published by Jossey-Bass. Eyler received the Outstanding Research Award of the National Society for Experiential Education in 1998 and 2008, the Ehrlich Faculty Award (a national award honoring contributions in service learning leadership) in 2003, and the Annual Research Award of the International Association for Research in Service-Learning and Community Engagement in 2007.

Panel Discussion — Harlan R. Beckley, Janel Curry, KimMarie McGoldrick, andCharles R. Strain

Thursday, November 12 , 2009 4:30–6:00 p.m.
Alice Ashley Jack Room, Smith Memorial Building
(Reception Following)

Harlan Beckley Harlan R. Beckley , Ph.D., has taught in the Religion department at Washington and Lee University in Virginia since 1974. In 1997, Beckley helped to create and became the first Director of the Shepherd Program, which integrates academic study and learning through service and reflection. The program educates students about poverty and empowers them to foster human capabilities for communities and individuals who have been left behind in domestic and international development. In 1999, Beckley was named the Fletcher Otey Thomas Professor of Religion, and in 2002, he received the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award.

Janel Curry Janel Curry , Ph.D., formerly the Dean for Research and Scholarship, holds the Byker Chair on Political, Social, and Economic Thought and also is a Professor of Geography at Calvin College in Michigan. She was the Service-Learning Coordinator for the Science Division from 1997–2000 and received a Service-Learning Award from the Michigan Campus Compact in 2000. Curry’s work in service-learning includes published articles, successful grant proposals, the organization of symposia, and the development of service-learning projects. In her role as Director of the Calvin Environmental Assessment Program, Curry focused institutional efforts on creating campus-based research experiences for students, which have extended environmental learning across the campus, impacted the planning process on campus, and resulted in interdisciplinary synergism and curricular transformation.

KimMarie McGoldrick KimMarie McGoldrick , Ph.D., is Professor of Economics in the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond in Virginia. She has co-edited two volumes with the University of Michigan Press: Putting the Invisible Hand to Work: Concepts and Models of Service Learning in Economics with Andrea Ziegert (2003) and Feminist Pedagogy in Economics with April Aerni (1999). Her professional service is focused on programs of faculty development. Experienced in service learning, cooperative learning, and undergraduate research, McGoldrick has codeveloped a number of economic education workshops including Service Learning in Economics and five annual teaching workshops held in Wilmington, NC. She currently serves as an instructor in the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Teaching Innovations Program (TIP) and is the co-recipient of an NSF grant to develop an Economic Pedagogical Portal. McGoldrick received the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award in 2008.

Charles Strain Charles R. Strain , Ph.D., is Professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Formerly Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Strain teaches in the areas of Liberation Theology and Socially Engaged Buddhism and is the coauthor of Polity and Praxis: Toward an American Practical Theology and the editor of Prophetic Visions and Economic Realities: Protestants, Jews and Catholics Confront the Bishops’ Letter on the Economy . The accomplishment of which he is most proud is his role in the creation of the Steans Center for Community Based Service Learning, which coordinates over 250 service learning courses per year placing over 3,500 students in community organizations.