Levesque Institute Appoints Faculty Service-Learning Liaisons

December 19, 2013  |  by Michael Freedman

The Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. Institute for Civic Engagement announces the appointment of four faculty service-learning liaisons for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Professors volunteering to serve as the points of contact and facilitate service-learning communications within their respective colleges are Drs. Rachel Madsen (College of Hospitality and Tourism Management), Anna McNab (College of Business Administration), Corey Bower (College of Education) and Doug Tewksbury (College of Arts and Sciences).

The liaisons will be responsible for organizing and developing trainings and workshops around service learning during the spring 2014 semester. They will also work closely with Learn and Serve Niagara to develop strategies to better capture and assess the impact of service learning across campus.

“We are blessed to have four dynamic faculty members who are passionate about service learning and who recognize the importance of practical application with reflective instruction,” said Dr. David Taylor, director of the Levesque Institute.

Grounded in Niagara’s Vincentian heritage, service learning is a core component of the university’s undergraduate curriculum. It is a form of pedagogy that applies key course concepts to real-life situations and authentic problems in the community.  When done well, research has shown increased student learning outcomes as well as a positive impact on student retention and persistence.

To learn more about NU’s Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. Institute for Civic Engagement, call 716.205.0074 or visit www.niagara.edu/ice.