Join the hundreds of faculty who have participated in the Western New York Service-Learning Coalition (WNYSLC) Faculty Fellowship Program to engage over 10,000 students in community-based learning. Information about the WNYSLC can be found on their website.
Service-Learning Faculty Fellows will acquire an in-depth understanding of service-learning pedagogy through an intensive two-day training program facilitated by nationally recognized experts, and will be supported through the process of converting an existing course or creating a new course which incorporates service-learning.
Research demonstrates that connecting the classroom to the community through service-learning is an effective pedagogical strategy. College students who participate in civic engagement learning activities not only earn higher grade point averages but also have higher retention rates and are more likely to complete their college degree. They also demonstrate improved academic content knowledge, critical thinking skills, written and verbal communication, and leadership skills. Learn the skills and techniques necessary to incorporate this effective teaching methodology.
The Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program is an initiative of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement and the Western New York Service-Learning Coalition (WNYSLC). Buffalo State is a member of the WNYSLC which is a consortium of local colleges, universities, and community organizations that is committed to sharing resources, knowledge, and practices related to service-learning in an effort to strengthen campus-community partnerships and promote student engagement in the community.
Fellowships are open to all faculty and staff, from any department at a WNYSLC member institution including:
• Daemen College
• Erie Community College
• Hilbert College
• Medaille College
• Niagara County Community College
• Niagara University
• SUNY Buffalo State College
• SUNY Fredonia
• Trocaire College
• University at Buffalo
Applications may be submitted by individual faculty, by teams of faculty, or by departments interested in team-teaching or interdisciplinary collaborations. The proposed course must be taught in the following academic year.
2018 dates are TBA
Professional service-learning and course conversion training and support;
Assistance in identifying partner community groups or agencies and the opportunity to meet and converse with representatives from community organizations.
Participate in both days of the Service-Learning Faculty Fellowship training.
Design a new course or modify an existing course to include a service-learning component.
Identify service-learning partner community organization(s) (with help from the Civic and Community Engagement Office) and meet with partner(s) to plan project and share service-learning objectives (e.g. syllabus).
Teach the service-learning course during the following academic year.
Share student reflections and feedback, if appropriate.
Attend follow-up Faculty Fellow sessions as necessary.
Maintain involvement in campus community engagement initiatives and WNYSLC.
A service-learning orientation for your students;
Preparation of community agencies for effective service-learning experiences;
Monitoring students in partner agencies;
Assessment and evaluation from the office.
Do you have questions, or would you like more information?
Additional information about service-learning at SUNY Buffalo State and the Civic and Community Engagement Office is available. We also invite you to talk with us about potential projects and ideas, as well as discuss your role in service-learning. Please contact Joy Guarino, Service-Learning Faculty Coordinator and Associate Professor of Dance in the Theater Department or Laura Hill Rao, Director, for more information.
Over 80 Buffalo State faculty members have become faculty fellows since 2003. The Civic and Community Engagement Office invites all faculty to talk with us about potential community service projects and ideas, as well as discuss your role in service-learning. You may also find it valuable to contact one or more of the previous fellows for information on their experiences in the program. A list of fellows is available below, and all are willing to discuss their experiences.
Dr. Jason Grinnell, Philosophy
Mr. Abdollah Hajikandi, Mathematics
Dr. Patrick Moltane, Theater
Mr. Doug Ridolfi, Chemistry
Dr. Dae-Young Kim, Criminal Justice
Dr. Alex Means, Social and Psychological Foundations of Education
Dr. Karl Wende, Center for Health and Social Research
Dr. Justin Donhauser, Philosophy
Dr. Pamela Schuetze, Psychology
Dr. Selcuk Acar, International Center for Studies in Creativity
Dr. Reva Fish, Social and Psychological Foundations of Education
Ms. Ruth Goldman, Communication
Mr. Jonathan Lindner, Institute for Community Health Promotion and Health and Wellness Department
Dr. Michelle Bae, Art Education
Dr. Kristin Cipollone, Sociology
Ms. Eve Everette, Theater
Ms. Lori Ann Woods, College Writing Program
Dr. Carol DeNysschen, Dietetics and Nutrition
Dr. Jevon Hunter, Elementary Education and Reading
Dr. Michael Niman, Communication
Dr. Jo Yudess, Center for Studies in Creativity
Dr. Joseph Zawicki, Earth Science and Science Education
Ms. Ann Emo, Theater
Dr. Kenneth Mernitz, History and Social Studies
Dr. Misty Rodeheaver, History and Social Studies
Dr. Susan Baldwin, Health and Wellness
Dr. Sarbani Banerjee, Computer Information Systems
Dr. Annemarie Franczyk, Communication
Dr. KeunYoung Oh, Technology
Dr. Alice Pennisi, Art Education
Dr. Kim Truesdell, Elementary Education and Reading
Dr. Cheryl Albers, Sociology
Mr. Patrick Dexter, Social Work
Ms. Sarah Hinderliter, Fine Arts
Dr. Hsiang-Ann Liao, Communication
Dr. Ronnie Mahler, Social Work
Dr. John Siskar, Art Education
Dr. Myrtle Welch, Elementary Education and Reading
Mr. David Cinquino, History and Social Studies Education
Dr. Pixita del Prado Hill, Elementary Education and Reading
Dr. Ruth Guo, Computer Information Systems
Dr. Shirley Hayes, Art Education
Dr. Eric Krieg, Sociology
Dr. Christine Lai, Business
Dr. Catherine Lange, Earth Science and Earth Science Education
Ms. Heather Maldonado, University College
Dr. Jill Norvilitis, Psychology
Ms. Christine Rine, Social Work
Dr. Hibajene Shandomo, Elementary Education and Reading
Dr. Mary Todd, School of Education
Dr. R. Bruce Baum, Exceptional Education
Dr. John Cabra, Political Science
Ms. Mary Cummings, Elementary Education and Reading
Ms. Joy Guarino, Theater
Dr. Theresa Harris-Tigg, English
Dr. Carolyn Hilarski, Social Work
Dr. Elizabeth Kelley, English
Ms. Meg Knowles, Communication
Ms. Kathryn Leacock, History/Social Studies
Dr. Jodelle S.W. Magner, Mathematics
Dr. Patrick McGovern, Political Science
Mr. Dennis DeHart, Fine Arts
Dr. William Ganley, Economics & Finance
Dr. Jill Gradwell, History & Social Studies
Ms. Susan Hall, Education Foundations
Dr. Amitra Hodge, Sociology
Ms. Beth Holleran, Sociology
Mr. Joseph Marren, Communication
Dr. S. Diane McFarland, Business
Ms. Wendy McLeish, Elementary Education & Reading
Dr. Keith Schmidli, Educational Foundations
Dr. Deborah Silverman, Communication
Dr. Ron Stewart, Sociology
Mr. Mark Warford, Modern & Classical Languages
Dr. Kathy Wood, CEURE/Elem. Ed. & Reading
Ms. Cynthia Argona, Creative Studies
Dr. Barbara T Bontempo, English
Mr. Stephen Burgeson, Hospitality and Tourism
Dr. Stephen E Gareau, Educational Computing
Ms. Rebecca Geraghty, Design
Dr. William Lin, Computer Information Systems
Ms. Maureen Lindner, Exceptional Education
Dr. Sue McMillen, Mathematics
Dr. Wende Mix, Geography and Planning
Dr. Tao Tang, Geography and Planning
Dr. Christopher B Aviles, Social Work
Mr. Louis A Colca, Social Work
Ms. Cynthia A Conides, History and Social Studies
Dr. Richard J Herdlein, Educational Foundations
Mr. Lin Xia Jiang, Fine Arts
Dr. Michael J Littman, Business
Mr. Timothy McCorry, Sociology
Ms. Kathleen O'Brien, Hospitality and Tourism
Dr. Maria Pacheco, Chemistry
Dr. Phyllis I Thompson, Art Education
Dr. Lori L Till, Hospitality and Tourism
Dr. Douglas G Koritz, Economics and Finance
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