Prof. Kaoru Miyazawa receives 2012 Faculty Award for Community-Based Engagement

Gettysburg College Prof. Kaoru Miyazawa was recently recognized for her integration of community-based learning in the academic work of her students at Fall Convocation on Dec. 6, 2012.  The entire student body was asked to nominate members of the faculty who best provide this type of teaching and learning.

Prof. Miyazawa engages her students in the exploration of social justice in a meaningful and transformative way.  According to Prof. Miyazawa, the inclusion of community based learning brings excitement to the classroom, a deeper level of intellectual engagement and makes her students want to go out and change the world!

In a nomination, one student shared, “Through this experience, I was able to better understand how immigrants themselves felt about immigration policy and now I can better empathize with their experiences. I have never put so much thought into reflections as I did for this class. Her passion is inspiring and she is dedicated to making the service component of the class positive for her students AND for students and partner organizations in community.”

Prof. Miyazawa came to Gettysburg College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Master of Education, a Master of Science and Curriculum and Instruction, and a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Teaching. She teaches multiple courses that examine education, citizenship, inequality, migration and culture.  Her students are required to be become involved in educational initiatives in the Gettysburg community and she connects the course topics to what her students are experiencing.