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Olivier Debure, Director QEP

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Quality Enhancement Plan

Quality Enhancement Plan

Faculty Fellows

Over the course of the QEP 15 faculty members will serve as Faculty Fellows to develop and implement new service-learning courses. During the 2011-12 academic year, the first cohort of Faculty Fellows offered Reflective Service-Learning courses in human development, writing, psychology, anthropology, and Spanish. This second cohort of Faculty Fellows offered courses in Biology, Environmental Studies, Spanish, Journalism, and Sociology.

For academic year 2013-2014, seven new courses were approved by the QEP Advisory Committee. This third and final cohort of faculty fellows will offer courses in writing, marketing, management, religious studies, computer science, environmental science, and marine science.

Throughout their participation in the QEP, Faculty Fellows attend workshops related to reflective service-learning. Fellows are supported by the QEP Director, Service-Learning Administrative Coordinator, and QEP Advisory Committee throughout their involvement. Ideally, after completing the fellowship, participants serve as mentors for the next Faculty Fellows, through sharing best practices for teaching a successful reflective service-learning course.

Kelly Debure Kelly Debure
Professor of Computer Science
CS 331- Web Development
Spring 2014

Beth Forys Beth Forys
Professor of Environmental Science and Biology
WT 1E- Field Ornithology
Winter Term 2014

David Hastings David Hastings
Professor of Marine Science & Chemistry
ES 317- Global Environmental Change
Fall 2013

Davina Lopez Davina Lopez
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
RE 206H- Bible, Gender, & Sexual Politics
Fall 2014

Laura Singleton Laura Singleton
Assistant Professor of Management
MN 371- Organizational Behavior & Leadership
Fall 2013

Erika SpohrerErika Spohrer
Associate Professor of Rhetoric
CO 121- Writing Processes
Fall 2013

Amanda Stiff Amanda Stiff
Assistant Professor of International Business
IB 369S- Principles of Marketing
Spring 2014

Yanira Angulo-CanoYanira Angulo-Cano
Assistant Professor of Spanish
SP 207 - Written Expression
Fall 2012

SP 207 Course Description

Students will engage in 20 hours of service with a community-based organization that serves the Spanish-speaking populations. The aim of the service-learning component will be to expose students to issues facing that population and the solutions proposed by different agencies. Through tying the community experience with written reflections, students will draw connections between the academic material and work with community agencies, in turn enhancing their learning from multiple perspectives. This course is designed to prepare students for content courses in which the ability to express oneself coherently in writing is crucial.

Tracy CrowTracy Crow
Assistant Professor of Creative Writing
CW 320 - Advanced Journalism
Spring 2013

CW 320 Course Description

In this advanced journalism course, students will participate in a reflective service-learning partnership with journalism students at nearby Lakewood High School. During the service-learning, students will share skills in Associated Press style, journalistic writing, researching, interviewing, ethical applications, and Indesign layout and design while assisting Lakewood students through the development and publication process of three newspaper issues.

Kip CurtisKip Curtis
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
ES 331H - Applied Ethics: Food Systems
Spring 2013

ES 331H Course Description

This is an applied environmental ethics course in which students will read and think about the basic social and ecological relationships that comprise our food system in the United States. At the same time students will learn about and engage the social and environmental challenges of constructing a healthy food system in St. Petersburg, Florida, through a reflective service-learning partnership with the Edible Peace Patch Project.

Nick DempseyNick Dempsey
Assistant Professor of Sociology
SO 220 - The City
Spring 2013

SO 220 Course Description

This course will look at why people live in cities, how cities grow and change, how individual cities are tied to global structures, and how cities impact the way we live. Students will explore these questions through assigned readings and Reflective Service-Learning projects with social service agencies throughout the city. Each student will produce an original research report that connects their experiences and observations of social service with relevant sociological literature.

Jeannine LessmannJeannine Lessmann
Assistant Professor of Biology and Marine Science
MS 288 - Marine and Freshwater Botany
Spring 2013

MS 288 Course Description

This course explores the diversity of marine and freshwater plants, along with their relationships to each other and to their environment. Students will work with a mangrove restoration project in an aquatic preserve in Tampa Bay. This service-learning partnership offers the opportunity to learn first-hand about important issues in marine science and coastal systems through participation in (and reflection upon) important environmental service.

Deborah BensadonDeborah Bensadon | 2011 - 2012
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Advanced Spanish Conversation - SP 302
Spring 2012 | Syllabus

SP 302 Course Description

This course is aimed at advancing students’ oral proficiency by providing the necessary tools to communicate in diverse settings. In addition to classroom activities to enhance Spanish language skills, such as current events presentations, debates, and films, students will engage in service with community-based organizations serving Spanish-speaking populations. Communication with native speakers in a service setting will not only improve language proficiency, but will also expose students to issues facing that population and the solutions proposed by different agencies. Through tying the community experience with critical reflection in the classroom, students will draw connections between the academic material and work with community agencies, in turn enhancing their learning from multiple perspectives.

Lauren HighfillLauren Highfill | 2011 - 2012
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Biopsychology - PS 309
Spring 2012 | Syllabus

PS 309Course Description

Through this course students will learn to apply neurological and neurophysical principles to understanding human behavior and thought, emotion and motivation, and learning and memory. While exploring concepts of biopsychology in the classroom, students will engage in service-learning partnerships with community agencies addressing neuropsychological disorders (e.g. dementia, Alzheimer’s disease), sleep disorders, neurodevelopment disorders (e.g. autism), and drug addiction. The course will connect the academic material to community work through critical reflection activities and assignments in order to increase student learning.

Nancy JanusNancy Janus | 2011 - 2012
Associate professor of Human Development
Cross Cultural Counseling and Communication - HD 328
Fall 2011, Spring 2012 | Syllabus

HD 328 Course Description

The goal of this course is for students to increase their understanding of the ways in which their cultural lenses have shaped their attitudes and assumptions and to help them build an awareness of multicultural issues in the context of cross cultural communication and counseling. The course explores elements of culture and their influence on worldview, language, and contextual expectations in communications. It also discusses different dimensions of communication, along with theories of cultural identity development and multicultural counseling. An integral part of the course, students will partner with relevant community-based organizations in order to help meet the learning objectives of the course. Through interacting with cultural groups different from their own and coupling the service experience with critical reflection assignments, students will draw connections between the academic content and their work in the community, in turn enhancing their learning. This course will target the QEP student learning outcomes 1.1, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3.

Alexis Ramsey-TobienneAlexis Ramsey-Tobienne | 2011 - 2012
Associate Professor of Rhetoric
Writing for Social Change - CO 202
Spring 2012 | Syllabus

CO 202 Course Description

Writing plays a crucial role in the success of nonprofit organizations, as it is a vital tool for groups to promote their cause and gain financial support. In this course students will develop their ability to recognize and analyze examples writing that advocates for social change, while also sharpening their writing skills and rhetorical awareness. Students will explore a variety of texts that are explicitly connected to change, such as blogs, manifestos, editorials, issue essays, and letters. To further enhance the learning outcomes, students will partner with community organizations throughout the semester to create effective, thoughtful, and useful pieces of writing for social change. Through writing a feature article to publicize the agency, a grant to help secure funding, a publicity piece, and a reflective paper, students will have a greater understanding of writing for social change and the strategies for addressing issues in our community.

Amy Speier | 2011 - 2012
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Medical Anthropology - AN 341S
Spring 2012 | Syllabus

AN 341S Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the broad sub-field of medical anthropology, including the study of culture and the political ecology of disease, ethno-medical systems, critical medical anthropology, as well as gender and women's health. The focus will be the relationship between health and culture in various social contexts, with primary attention given to questions of power and inequality on the one hand, and culture and identity on the other. Students will supplement course material through serving relevant community agencies related to healing, including biomedical, ethno-medical, drug industry, or gendered health organizations. Combining the service-learning experience with critical reflection, students will be able to identify, explain, and apply concepts of medical anthropology to community-wide contexts related to health and healing.

QEP Courses

Eckerd is offering 5 new Reflective Service-Learning courses for the 2012-13 academic year.
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