Associate Professor in Practice, School of Social Work
Service Learning Course(s):
• Life Span Development & Human Behavior
“On many levels it is important – to the student, the university, and globally. Service Learning has allowed me to take my experience as a faculty member in curriculum design & incorporate that practical aspect into social work."
Since joining as a faculty fellow, LaShaunn Bold has gained a better understanding of service learning and has been able to utilize her experiences as a licensed social worker to create a more engaging and rewarding program for her students. In the Spring of 2017, Professor Bold developed a service learning course through the School of Social Work and has partnered with the Recovery Resource Council.
The Faculty Fellows Program has allowed her the opportunity to engage more with the community and collaborate on ideas with other Fellows. Professor Bold is a firm believer in students getting firsthand experience outside the classroom, especially for her students in social work as they will have direct engagement with the community once they graduate.
Since incorporating service learning, Professor Bold has noticed a difference in the way her students now respond to their coursework. Class discussions and activities become livelier, students create personal connections, reflections, and develop their talents and skills at a faster rate.
Professor Bold advises faculty interested in service learning to try it out before making a decision. She feels that there is a common misconception that service learning is just about adding volunteering to your courses, but this is not true. She believes that service learning is where students, faculty, and the community can come together to help each other accomplish goals.