Faculty Learning Series


This series provides faculty with a variety of models that connect classroom-based work with meaningful community partnership and exchange. In conjunction with the Center for Public Service, faculty will present at each session to provide examples, best practices and challenges. There will also be time for questions and discussion.
Lunch will be available on a first come, first-served basis.

International Partnership: Friday, Sept 28, 12-1pm in Science Center 151
Aaron Banas, Country Director of Project Gettysburg León
Kathy Cain, Associate Professor of Psychology

International scholarship provides many documented advantages to both our students and faculty. One of the biggest challenges of international academic engagement is not having the opportunity to develop long-term partnership because of the lack of face to face interaction. Project Gettysburg León (PGL) affords the Gettysburg College community the opportunity for long term partnership.  Aaron Banas, Country Director of PGL will discuss current PGL community development projects and ways to incorporate faculty and students. Kathy Cain will share the impact of her experience in León with students in FYS 102: The World’s Children. There will be ample time for discussion and questions, as we envision how our current research and teaching agendas may be enhanced by collaboration with PGL.

Community-Based Research: Monday, November 12, 12-1pm in Glatfelter Hall 311
Amy Dailey, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences
Kathy Gaskin, Director of Healthy Adams County
Camille Horton, Coordinator of the Adams County Food Policy Council

Community-Based Research (CBR) can be a strategic and transformative approach to education. It allows students to apply research methods in a real-world setting, which strengthens student learning. Communities often have research needs related to assessments, intervention approaches, and program evaluations. Faculty and students can be instrumental by offering methodological expertise and resources. Students experience first-hand how CBR can lead to policy change or other action in the community to address social problems. Faculty, students, and community partners can work together to communicate results--from community events to scholarly publications. In this workshop, we will discuss the benefits, responsibilities, and challenges of CBR. Amy Dailey will present on her experience with CBR in partnership with members of the Adams County Food Policy Council, which resulted in the creation of the Healthy Options.

Community-Based Learning: Dialogue, Monday, January 28, 12-1pm in Brei 209
Nathalie Lebon, Associate Professor, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Jorge Perez-Rico, Parent Coordinator, LIU #12 Migrant Education Programs

Engaging in dialogue with community members provides students with means to understand issues and create friendships with people whose lives are affected by the topics or policies being studied the in classroom. The tangible experiences also provide community members with a voice and a means to educate others and build solidarity in the community. Nathalie Lebon and Jorge Perez-Rico will share collaborative efforts for the series on migration that involved speakers, a photo exhibition and student-community dialogue.

Community-Based Learning: Service and Collaborative Projects, March 2013
Presenters, TBA

Community-Based Learning begins with strong partnerships between the college and our community. Through those partnerships, classroom-based learning is enhanced by its connection to meaningful community engagement; at the same time, community-identified goals are addressed more effectively through student involvement. Through a variety of methods – service, videos production, theatre, oral history projects – faculty can connect courses to community-identified needs for collaborative projects. Three faculty members who are utilizing best practices of CBL in their courses will present, and the role of the Center for Public Service in facilitating partnerships will be discussed.


Theoretical learning is brought to life as students are able to hear directly from people who are impacted daily by the issues being studied. Political Science Professor  and Director of the Globalization Studies program, Caroline Hartzell, has brought students from two courses (North-South Dialogue and Women and the Political Economy of Development) to Nicaragua. Associate Professor of Psychology, Kathleen Cain, also traveled to Nicaragua with students in her First-year Seminar, The World's Children. These trips have served to answer questions about development, but often end up supplying students with more complicated, more meaningful, and sometimes more distressing questions about how to combat critical social justice issues.