The Rev. Dennis Dease, president of the University of St. Thomas, has nominated Dr. Randy Herman, School of Social Work, for the 2002 Thomas Erlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning.
The award is presented annually to one faculty member in the United States by Campus Compact. Campus Compact is a coalition of college and university presidents committed to helping students develop the values and skills of citizenship through participation in public and community service.
The award recognizes a faculty member whose teaching, scholarship and leadership — both on campus and in the community — exemplify exceptional service-learning practices. Service-learning is an educational method through which students actively participate in community-based projects.
In his nominating letter, Dease wrote, "Thanks to the vision and pedagogy of Dr. Herman, students from our university have provided meaningful service around the globe, from South Dakota to Guatemala, from Colorado to Nicaragua. In all of his work with students and the community, Dr. Herman has worked with marginalized and underrepresented groups. Typical of his work is a recent course he taught in Nicaragua called Different Truths. In this experience, students not only learned about the realities of Nicaraguan citizens from a variety of standpoints, but also were required to connect their learning and service back to the community of Latinos here in Minnesota. It is this kind of work, which he has done in so many ways with so many effects, that marks his work as exceptional."
St. Thomas has nominated two individuals in the past for this award: Dr. Ellen Kennedy in 2001 and Dr. Carol Bruess in 2000.
The award is named in honor of Thomas Erlich, past chair of the Executive Committee of Campus Compact and President Emeritus of Indiana University.