Jerry D. Hubbard, Ph.D.

Program Director & Clinical Professor, Goolsby
Leadership Academy, College of Business

Service Learning Course(s):

• Managing Operations (MANA 3318) 

I think there is diversity of thought, understanding, and those kinds of things that come with an education. So, for me service learning is about taking some of that and focusing on ‘How does this relate to other people? How do the things I do influence other people?"

Dr. Jerry Hubbard has been involved with service learning since 2016 when he became Director of the Goolsby Leadership Academy. This organization incorporates service learning throughout multiple levels of the academy’s curriculum, including the Emerging Leader Program, where students identify a project for their cohort to complete over four semesters at the Academy. One of these projects includes the senior class’ work with the Salvation Army. Together they raise money to support their events, having recently raised around $8,000.

Dr. Hubbard believes UTA creates leaders and diversity of thought, ensuring that whatever students end up doing after graduation will impact the community. Due to this, instilling service learning in them ensures they lead by example and make a good impact on the community.

Dr. Hubbard advises faculty getting started on the service learning path to take it slow. He believes finding a community partner who wants something done and taking the time to develop that relationship can have the greatest impact, potentially leading to bigger projects and contributions. He believes that getting the students to see how easy it is to engage with the community is one of the most important aspects of service learning.

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