Mary Baker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Rhode Island College
Virtual Fieldwork: Bringing Conservation Research and Monkeys into Providence Schoolrooms
Dr. Mary Baker’s project as a RICC Faculty Fellow expanded her research on capuchin monkeys, sustainability, and conservation with the goal of reaching a larger audience and contributing to communities in Costa Rica and Rhode Island. Dr. Baker’s Rhode Island College students shared their experiences in Costa Rica with high school students at the MET school in Providence through the use of digital media. Dr. Baker and her RIC students shared virtually their field experience in tracking monkeys, collecting data, and handling a variety of field conditions. Together, all of the students learned about the monkeys and the environment they live in, and by working with public schools, higher education and the international community, Dr. Baker addressed the global issue of conservation and sustainability while promoting the creativity and power of science education.
Jameson Chace, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology Coordinator of the Environmental Studies Major, Salve Regina University
Advancing Student-led Community Outreach in Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies through Hydroponic Agriculture at Salve Regina University
Dr. Jameson Chace’s work promotes not only healthier communities but stronger campus- community relationships as well. The overarching vision of his Faculty Fellowship is to promote self- sustaining hydroponics systems in the poorest communities where dietary health concerns are paramount, while simultaneously promoting the STEM fields of knowledge among Salve’s undergraduates and K-12 community schools. To accomplish this vision, Dr. Chace developed a student-led initiative where students earn valuable experience working in local communities while learning about the biology, health, economics, and social aspects of agriculture. This has involved utilizing service-learning as a pedagogy in Environmental Studies and expanded opportunities for student research and service.
Tonia Fay, Ed.M.
Adjunct Faculty/Coordinator of Career & Internship Program, Community College Rhode Island
Institutionalizing Service-Learning as a Pedagogical Resource
With the support of the academic affairs administration, the Community College of Rhode Island is interested in introducing the benefits of service-learning and community engagement to the faculty at CCRI. The first step consisted of the creation of an inventory of faculty currently practicing service-learning followed by faculty-focused activities including workshops and outreach events that demonstrate the benefits of service-learning. The project intends to increase the number of faculty who promote service-learning and incorporate community engagement activities into their curriculum.
Valerie Cooley, MSW, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies and Lecturer Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions, Brown University
Integrating Community Engagement in Introduction to Public Policy & Evaluating Engaged Scholarship Outcomes
Dr. Valerie Cooley joined the Faculty Fellows cohort out of a desire to deepen her understanding of service-learning through the integration of a community engagement component into her Introduction to Public Policy course. Over the semester, students met with policy makers in the field in order to observe the process of policy-making and to grasp what it takes to craft effective policy. By engaging local leaders, students learned about the complex issues facing the state of Rhode Island and were able to apply the lessons of the classroom to the realities of the community in which they live.
Elizabeth Covino, M.S.
Associate Professor College of Management, Johnson & Wales University
Community-Campus Partnership: Event Management & South Providence Neighborhood Ministries
Dr. Elizabeth Covino’s work through the RICC Faculty Fellowship sought to deepen an existing campus-community partnership. Students in her event management courses worked with South Providence Neighborhood Ministries to understand the needs of the organization and in turn designed and delivered programs based on those needs. With Johnson & Wales University’s trimester calendar, Dr. Covino was able to work with two sections of classes over the course of the fellowship. She hopes to use her experiences to offer a workshop to other faculty members through the Johnson & Wales Center for Teaching Excellence.
Sandra Enos, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Department of Sociology, Bryant University
Advances in Engaged Scholarship:Service-Learning/Social Entrepreneurship
Advances in Engaged Scholarship:Service-Learning/Social Entrepreneurship”Dr. Sandra Enos’ project as a RICC Faculty Fellow examined the fields of service-learning and social entrepreneurship in order to determine why the two fields appear to be so disconnected despite sharing considerable common interests. Dr. Enos set out to catalogue some of the key differences between service-learning and entrepreneurship and to identify ways in which faculty members and campuses can work to bring together the two fields in productive ways. In addition, Dr. Enos hopes to emerge from the fellowship with a clear understanding of how campuses manage the two fields and with a more holistic understanding of how students are taught social change and the strategies to achieve social change.
Nelson Guertin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor John Hazen White School of Arts & Sciences, Humanities, Johnson & Wales University
Conversation Partners: RI Tourism Connects ESL and Domestic Students in Engaged Learning
Dr. Nelson Guertin’s work partners Johnson & Wales University history students with international students in a program titled Conversation Partners. This program encourages students to engage in diverse cultures, to explore local history, and to practice deliberative dialogue. While the overall goal of this work is to increase retention of ESL students at Johnson & Wales University, it likewise broadens the exposure of domestic students to diverse cultures. Dr. Nelson utilized the fellowship to deepen partnerships with university departments and local historic sites, and through partnership activity expanded civic and community engagement opportunities for the students in his program.
Prachi Kene, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Counseling, Educational Leadership & School Psychology, Rhode Island College
Partnering with the National Alliance of Mental Illness of Rhode Island (NAMI of RI) to Prepare Clinicians and Address Gaps in Mental Health Services
Dr. Prachi Kene’s research and practice focuses on the assessment and treatment of suicidal behavior. Through her project as a RICC Faculty Fellow, Dr. Kene developed a deep community partnership with the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) of Rhode Island to create further field-based learning opportunities for graduate students and foster student-led programming. Through ongoing community partnership activities, Dr. Kene has increased access to mental health services in Rhode Island communities and on the Rhode Island College campus.
Amy Leidtke, M.I.D.
ndustrial Designer and Lecturer Department of Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of Design
Thought Leadership Position on Equal Access to Design Education
Amy Leidtke’s teaching centers on the intersection of design, research, education, and practice. As a 2013-14 RICC Faculty Fellow, Amy worked within community commentary forums to promote the idea of integrating arts and design into academics. Amy’s work aimed to clarify the critical need for the integration of design into education and promoted design as a part of core curriculum development in the state of Rhode Island, further improving equitable access to design education.
Leslie Mahler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Department of Communicative Disorders, University of Rhode Island
Integrating Student Training in Treatment of Neurological Disorders with Provision of Services to the Community
Dr. Leslie Mahler’s research interests and publications are directed towards describing and treating motor speech disorders/dysarthria to improve the quality of life for people with neurological diagnoses. This year, she developed a service learning research project that allowed her to share this clinical and research expertise with students in the classroom and in clinic. The fellowship enabled Dr. Mahler to further develop relationships with the medical community in order to build student clinical experiences and provide services to adults in the community with communicative disorders secondary to neurological diagnoses.
Stephen Mecca, Ph.D.
Professor Department of Engineering – Physics – Systems, Providence College
Engaging Students in Complex Problem Solving and Related Research with an Emphasis on Rural Developing World Communities
As a Professor in the Department of Engineering-Physics-Systems at Providence College, Dr. Mecca integrates disciplines and programs through a commitment to linking teaching and research to local community problems and searching for locally appropriate and sustainable solutions that simultaneously engage students and widen their perspective. As a 2013-14 RICC Faculty Fellow, Dr. Mecca concentrated his efforts on three areas of community engagement. These areas included re- designing the Engineering-Physics-Systems department’s capstone course, “Systems Approach to Complex Problem Solving” to include students from non-science disciplines; broadening his outreach efforts to invite further campus participation in the S-Lab, a science lab recently focusing on water and sanitation problem-solving; and expanding student opportunities for global service- learning through the Community Based Student Internship program in Ghana.
Rebecca Simon, M.S., OTR/L
Assistant Professor & Academic Fieldwork Coordinator Occupational Therapy Department, New England Institute of Technology
Advancing Occupational Therapy’s Role in Primary Care through Campus-Community Partnerships
Rebecca Simon’s work as a 2013-2014 Faculty Fellow deepened and initiated partnerships between the NEIT Occupational Therapy Department and health and education departments at other colleges and universities. This outreach broadened access to quality occupational therapy in addition to meeting Rebecca’s goals as a faculty fellow: to advance the role of occupational therapy in primary care and to expand fieldwork opportunities for students.
Laura Snyder, M.A.
Lecturer and Director of English Education Department of Education, Brown University
ncreasing School-year Enrichment Programming of Brown Summer High School & Adolescent Literature Community Outreach
Dr. Laura Snyder, in her role as the Director of English Education in Brown’s Department of Education, pursued an expansion school-year enrichment programming for Brown Summer High School and an increase in outreach to youth, families, and teachers about adolescent literature. By expanding the activities of Brown Summer High School to touch the school-year, Dr. Snyder seeks to deepen the impact of the program on participants. This includes an increase in civic participation of the Brown students involved and the encouragement of greater exchange among the Brown Summer High School students. Additionally, Dr. Snyder deepened a course on adolescent literature by building in a service component with partner PK-12 schools and by inviting Brown students to authentically engage PK-12 teacher and student audiences through the use of digital media.
Paul Sproll, Ph.D.
Professor Head, Department of Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Director, RISD | Project Open Door, Rhode Island School of Design
Community-Campus Partnership: Event Management & South Providence Neighborhood Ministries
Dr. Paul Sproll’s project as a RICC Faculty Fellow builds on his work as both the Head of the Department of Teaching + Learning in Art + Design and as the Director of Project Open Door. Project Open Door functions as RISD’s college access program for underserved teens attending urban public and charter schools in RI. Dr. Sproll concentrated his focus on the evaluation of a newly designed community-based graduate course, “Community-Based Practicum: Arts Learning for Urban Youth in Out-of-School Time,” a required professional practice course integrated within the MA degree Community Arts Education track and connected to Project Open Door. Dr. Sproll’s undertaken course evaluation considers the impact of the course on the graduate students as emerging community-based educators as well as the impact on the urban high schools involved through Project Open Door.
Kerri Warren, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology Department of Biology, Marine Biology and Environmental Science, Roger Williams University
Community Engagement in Undergraduate Public Health Education
Dr. Warren’s work as a RICC Faculty Fellow centers on creating and assessing quality experiential- learning opportunities integral to the curriculum of the Public Health department at Roger Williams University. Dr. Warren embarked this year upon two engaged scholarship projects: the identification and development of community partnerships and opportunities for public health students enrolled in a capstone course of the Public Health minor as well as the development of a service-study abroad program. In developing the service-study abroad curriculum, Dr. Warren worked very closely in collaboration with public health-centered NGO, the Foundation of International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC). Firmly rooted in the belief that public health is by definition community-based and engagement experiences are an essential part of undergraduate public health education, Dr. Warren focused her time as a Faculty Fellow on designing and assessing curriculum that matched that ethos.