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Iowa Campus Compact Launches Faculty Fellowship Program

Iowa Campus Compact announced a new Engaged Scholars Faculty Fellowship program. Professor Sally Beisser in the School of Education at Drake University will serve as Senior Fellow and lead this program.

Fellows will be selected to participate in a yearlong learning community on civic engagement. They will participate in professional development and networking sessions and will implement a new or enhanced engaged scholarship project on their campuses. The program will begin with an opening workshop in August 2013 and continue through the 2013-2014 academic year with in-person workshops and online learning community opportunities. At the end of the program, fellows will receive a $1,000.00 stipend.

Dr. Beisser has a career long interest in service-learning. Accomplishments include state and regional service-learning leadership, a National Science Foundation Grant focusing on service-learning, a research study and now a book chapter entitled Empowerment Through Service-Learning: Teaching Technology to Senior citizens in Service-Learning in the Computer & Information Sciences in Practical Applications in Engineering Education, Drake University service-learning search committee, as well as over 30 juried journal publications and 150 presentations at international, national, and state conferences and associations. She also teaches an Honors 102 course “Service Learning: Building a Legacy.” She has provided a service-learning scholarship at Iowa State University, her alma mater, for undergraduates who serve other on campus or in the community. In spring 2012, she received the Drake University Experiential Learning Faculty Award.

“I am excited for the challenge of uniting faculty scholars from different Iowa colleges and universities to recognize and advance collaborative efforts to build a culture of service-learning on campus,” said Dr. Beisser. “This is a unique opportunity to see the community as a setting to serve, confront issues and ideas, and reflect on the impact of volunteerism to serve the greater good.”

Iowa Campus Compact was founded in 2003 and is a membership organization of 24 college and university presidents around the state. We strive to support its members in both curricular and co-curricular service-learning and civic engagement activities through professional development opportunities, grants, research, student programming and a variety of other opportunities. For more information about this organization, visit the Iowa Campus Compact website. Follow this link for additional information about this program or to start your application.