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Fall faculty Workshop 2000

Service Learning is a method for teaching students that engages them in active learning and gives students an opportunity to apply the material that they learn in the classroom while serving the community. It is based in the educational theory of John Dewey, which supports the view that the interaction of knowledge and skills with experience is key to learning.

This year the workshop will return to the overnight retreat format, and once again it will be held in the relaxing setting of Peter's Resort on the beautiful shore of Lake Minnewaska. The workshop will be an interactive one during which faculty will engage in much group work with other faculty members.

The workshop will be facilitated by Edward Zlotkowski and Garry Hesser. Professor Zlotkowski is a professor of English at Bently College in Waltham, MA where he founded a service-learning center. He is a senior associate at the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) and a faculty fellow at Campus Compact. He has served as editor for the AAHE 18 volume series on service-learning in specific academic disciplines and published the book, Successful Service Learning Programs, in 1998.

Garry Hesser is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Division of Social and Behavioral Science Division at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. He is the recipient of the 1998 Thomas Erhlich Award for national leadership and scholarship in advancing the field of service-learning as a teacher, researcher, and community partner. He is past president of the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) and of the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs. He published the NSEE monograph, Experiential Education as a Liberating Art.

In addition to the above outside facilitators Peh Ng, Engin Sungur, Jon Anderson, and Paula O'Loughlin, who have successfully employed service-learning, at UMM, will give presentations on how they now used the pedagogy in their courses.