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Amanda Alexander Chosen as Faculty Fellow for UTA Service Learning Program


 

Dr. Amanda Alexander, Assistant Professor of Art Education, was chosen as a faculty fellow for the Service Learning Program in the UTA Center for Community Service Learning. The program provides faculty with a year-long service-learning mentoring experience. Tools and resources needed to successfully integrate service into the curriculum in an educational and meaningful way are faculty-centered so that all faculty progress at their own pace. The program consists of service-learning seminars held during the fall and spring semesters, with visits from national service-learning consultants. Immersion in service-learning literature and strategies and integration of academically rigorous service learning focus faculty’s attention to implementing projects, that are transformative and sustainable. During the second semester in the program, faculty are required to implement service learning; submit a local, state, or national presentation; and work toward creating a manuscript for publication on the pedagogy of service learning.

Dr. Alexander plans to implement service learning pedagogy into her fall 2012 Planning and Constructing Art Curricula course as well as her spring 2013 Applying and Teaching Art Curricula course. Students will be working with the Boys and Girls Club of Arlington as well as K-12 age kids in both Arlington Independent School District and the Kimbell Art Museum. Additionally, Dr. Alexander is working towards a partnership with the Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries' Cultural Arts Center to facilitate art workshops with people who have special needs. 

Link to the Center for Community Service Learning: http://www.uta.edu/ccsl/