Extending academic theory into practice is a desired end for every college student. When it comes to the theory of service and civic engagement taught on the HWS campus, the application of practice into the surrounding community has been a great success.
The authors who contributed to the recent book, “Service-Learning in the Liberal Arts – How and Why It Works” will host a service-learning panel in which they will share their experiences of engaging students with community members and organizations. The panel will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10 in the newly-built Seneca Room of the Finger Lakes Institute. The talk will be facilitated by Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Craig Rimmerman, with an opening by President Mark D. Gearan.
In addition to Rimmerman and Gearan, “Service-Learning and the Liberal Arts” includes chapters from 11 HWS faculty members and several staff members. Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) Assistant Director Katie Flowers and Professor of Education Charlie Temple team up to write “America Reads as Service-Learning: A Stereophonic Report.” Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski writes “Teaching the Unteachable: Service-Learning and Engagement in the Teaching of Genocide and the Holocaust.” These are only two of the multifaceted perspectives included in the vanguard publication.
Others include: “Service-Learning in an Ethics Course” by Professor of Philosophy Steven Lee; “Service-Learning: Process and Participation” by Professor of Sociology Jack D. Harris; “Understanding Service at the Service of Understanding: An Exploration of Service-Learning in the Arts” by Professor of Education Patrick Collins; “Service-Learning and Public Policy” and “Service Learning Lessons” by Rimmerman; “Incorporating Service-Learning in Quantitative Methods Economics Courses” by Associate Professor of Economics Jo Beth Mertens; “The Evolution of a Service-Learning Course” by Former William Smith Dean and Professor of Psychology Debra DeMeis and Professor Emerita of Education Cynthia Sutton; “Learning about Student Alcohol Abuse and Helping to Prevent It through Service-Learning Initiatives: The HWS Alcohol Education Project” by Professor of Chemistry David Craig and Professor of Sociology H. Wesley Perkins; and “HWS Responds: A Case Study of How the Civic Engagement Office and Co-curricular Service-Learning Can Enhance the Liberal Arts” by CCESL Director W. Averell H. Bauder ’81.
“Service learning provides an opportunity for students and faculty to apply a rigorous pedagogical framework to the work that we all do in our individual courses and how those courses might connect to the surrounding Geneva, N.Y. community,” Rimmerman said. “It occurred to me that an interdisciplinary volume on service learning would represent the best of what Hobart and William Smith have to offer– faculty interrogating their pedagogical practices in light of what we perceive are the goals of a liberal arts education and what the literature says about using service learning as a pedagogical strategy.”
All members of the HWS and Geneva community are encouraged to attend and learn about the potentials and successes of service learning.