NMU Faculty on Academic Service Learning
“Academic service learning activities have proven to be a valuable addition to my public policy analysis courses. Students appear to be much more involved in their learning and are more likely to see the connections between what they are studying in class and 'real world' applications. Much of the credit for this goes to the leaders and staff of local public and nonprofit organizations. I have been impressed with the eagerness with which these people have welcomed my students into their organizations and their willingness to serve as professional mentors. Further evidence of this positive mentoring relationship between our students and their site supervisors is the fact several students continue to do volunteer work with their organizations after the end of the semester."
- Robert Kulisheck, Political Science
“I like ASL projects because so many people benefit from the work. Students try harder when they know their projects mean something. The community participants enjoy the chance to share their work with young people and get assistance on a project. As a faculty member, it is more fun to come to work when you know you can make a difference in your town.”
- Charles Ganzert, Communication and Performance Studies
"Many of my students are now considering adding an ASL component to their unit plans for my class. By doing so, they are beginning to relate their future classrooms (and their students) to the world at large (and to communities in particular). In addition, students are reflecting on ways that the other elements of writing instruction we've discussed - such as the Newspapers in Education program or using video production as a part of the English classroom - could be imagined as connected to ASL."
- Kia Richmond, English