Faculty Publications

Faculty at the University of St. Thomas are active teachers and researchers. Their research often draws them into the local community, where they engage their students in response to the most pressing issues of our day. Their engagement in the community in turn informs their research. Read more about the work our faculty have published in the scholarship of teaching and engagement by clicking on each link, below.

Elise Amel

Elise Amel, in Conway, James M., Amel, Elise L., and Gerwien, Daniel P., “Teaching and Learning in the Social Context: A Meta-Analysis of Service Learning’s Effects on Academic, Personal, Social, and Citizenship Outcomes,” in Teaching of Psychology, 36:4 (2009), 233-245.

Deborah Besser

D. Besser & D. Monson, "Smashing Milk Cartons: Third-grade students solve a real-world problem using the engineering design process, collaborative group work, and integrated STEM education," in Science and Children (Summer 2015). full-text pdf

D. Monson and D. Besser, "Bringing STEM to the Elementary Classroom," National Science Teachers Association Press, 2016 (forthcoming; reprint).

Tonia Bock

Tonia Bock, with James M. Lies, Jay Brendenberger, and Thomas A. Trozzolo, "The Effects of Off-Campus Service Learning on the Moral Reasoning of College Students," in Journal of Moral Education (41:2), 189-199. full-text

_____, with Tufte, L., Harris, E., Kurth, A., "The mediating effect of moral identity on the community involvement, identity achievement relationship," paper presented at the meeting of the Association for Moral Education, Pasadena, CA (November 2014).

 

_____, with Harris, E., Sturlaugson, T., "Exploring the relationship between moral identity, integrity, and civic engagement frequency, " poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Moral Education, Montreal, Canada (October 2013).

Carol Bruess

Bruess, C., Petersen, D. & Sauter, K, "Service-Learning in the Study Abroad/Away-From-Campus Communication Context: Lessons, Experiences, and Practical Wisdoms from the Hawaiian Ke Kula Ni’ihau O Kekaha School Projects," in D. Worley, ed. Best Practices in Experiential and Service-learning in Communication (Kendall/Hunt, 2010).

_____, with D. Pawlowski and L. Dickmeyer, "A Case for Doing Oral and Family Histories with Elders: Service-Learning in Family Communication," in D. Worley, ed. Best Practices in Experiential and Service-learning in Communication (Kendall/Hunt, 2010).

_____, with K. Sauter, Voices from Communication Departments: Institutionalized Service-learning Programs—Approaches, Practices and Techniques, panel presentation at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA (November 2011).

_____, with Sauter, K. Large-Scale Community Based Learning in an Innovative Introductory Communication course, presentation as part of 12th annual Service-Learning Discussion Circles: Giving Voice to Students, the Community and to Scholarship, Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA (November 2011).

_____, Large-Group Service-Learning in Communication – Service Learning Discussion Circles: Building Bridges with our Students in the Community, presentation at the National Communication Association conference, San Francisco, CA (November 2010).

_____, with Wyatt, W. What do social and citizen responsibility “look like” on our campus? Becoming engaged citizen communicators through an integrated, large-group service-learning project in our introductory hybrid course “Communication and Citizenship.” Presented at the Vatican Pontifical Council for Social Communication conference: Power to Transform the World—Media and Communication Programs in Catholic Higher Education, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI (July 2010).

_____, with K. Sauter & D. Petersen, Service-Learning in the Study Abroad/Away-From-Campus Communication Context: Lessons, Experiences, and Practical Wisdoms from the Hawaiian Ke Kula Ni’ihau O Kekaha School Projects. Panel: Engaging Students in Experiential and Service Learning. Accepted for presentation, although I did not make it to conference due to family obligations, at the Central States Communication Association Conference, Cincinnati, OH (April 2010).

_____, Sustaining the service-learning partnership: Service-Learning in family communication—across generations. Presentation at the National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL (November 2009).

_____, with K. Bunton, T. Connery, W. Wyatt, B. Baker and A. Barretta-Herman, Growing Students' Responsibilities as Engaged Citizen Communicators: A Model for Integrated, Large-Group Community-Based Learning. Presentation at American Association of Colleges and Universities National Conference, Educating for Personal and Social Responsibility. Minneapolis, MN (September 2009).

_____, with E. Cooley, E. Excellence in Practice, Service-Learning Programs: A Creative Partnership. Presentation at the Aging Services of Minnesota Conference (co-presented with volunteer coordinator and long-time community partner, Rosewood Estate Senior Living, Eric Cooley). Note: Rosewood Estate was awarded the Excellence in Practice Award for their work in service-learning partnerships (ours being the most significant and sustained) (November 2009).

_____, Service-Learning in the Family Communication Course: Building and Sustaining Partnerships for Oral History Collection, National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL (November 2008).

_____, Service-Learning Discussion Circles: Strengthening Intellect, Faith, and Ethics While Experiencing Community Worldviews. Engage Your Students in the Study of Family Communication with a Service-Learning Project. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL (November 2007).

_____, Service-Learning in the Intercultural Communication Course. Presentation at the National Communication Association Conference. San Antonio, TX (November 2006).

_____, Hmong, Somali, and Latino Education. Panel presentation as part of “Changing Faces of Minnesota: Models for Increasing Local Capacity and Civic Engagement,” at the Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN (April 2005).

 _____, Experiential Learning in Communication, Service-Learning Nuts and Bolts. Panel presentation at National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL (November 2004).

_____, Beyond Service-Learning Basics: Models and Examples of Building Sustainable Campus-Community Partnerships. Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Conference, Miami, FL (November 2003).

_____, Reaching the Community: Service-Learning Nuts and Bolts.  Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Conference, Miami, FL (November 2003).

_____, & K. Daughters, Beyond service-learning basics: Two models for building sustainable campus-community partnerships.  Presentation at the meeting of the National Society for Experiential Education.  Minneapolis, MN (September 2003).

_____, Experience and Action: Service-Learning Nuts and Bolts.  Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Conference, New Orleans, LA (November 2002).

_____, Family Communication Courses and Service-Learning in Action: Is Service-Learning Right for your Family Course? Panel presentation at the National Communication Association Conference, New Orleans, LA (November 2002).

_____, Institutionalizing Service-Learning: The Service-Learning Advisory Board on Campus. Panel presentation at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Atlanta, GA (November 2001).

_____, Radicals at work and Play: Service-Learning nuts and bolts. Panel presentation at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Atlanta, GA (November 2001).

_____, with R. Conville, Using Service-Learning in the Interpersonal and Family Communication Courses.  Presentation at the national Service-Learning in Communication Conference, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis campus (March 2001).

_____, with R. Conville, Course Revision:  A How-To Session on Revising a Course to Include Service-Learning. Presentation at the national Service-Learning in Communication Conference, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis campus (March 2001).

_____, Engaging the Community through the Service-Learning Pedagogy.  Panel presentation at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Seattle, WA (November 2000).

_____, Service-Learning: Engagement in the Communication Classroom.  Panel presentation at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Seattle, WA (November 2000).

_____, Engaging Students through Experiential Learning Activities in the Communication Classroom: Activities for the Family Communication Course. Panel presentation at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Seattle, WA (November 2000).

_____, Experiential Learning in Family and Intercultural Communication. Presentation at the annual conference of the Communication and Theater of Association of Minnesota.  Minneapolis, MN (September 2000).

_____, Challenging Boundaries by redefining the traditional communication classroom. Panel presentation at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL (November 1999).

_____, with K. Karmon, R. Lowery-Hart, L. Byers, and L. Shue, Short Course Instructor:  Beyond the University, Into the Community: Service-Learning in the Communication Course.  Co-taught short course at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL (November 1999).

_____, Extending Our Creative Boundaries:  Integrating Service-Learning in Communication Courses – A Discussion Circles Approach.  Panel participant at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL (November 1999).

_____, Experiential Learning Activities for Classes in Family Communication.  Presentation at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL (November 1999).

_____, Service Learning in the Communication Course:  Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls.  Panel presentation at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, NY, NY (November, 1998).

_____, Experiential Learning Activities for Classes in Gender/Interpersonal Communication.  Poster presentation at the Annual meeting of the National Communication Association, NY, NY (November 1998).

_____, Service Learning in Communication Courses.  Presentation at the Annual conference of the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota.  Brooklyn Center, MN (September 1998).

_____, Service Learning in the Intercultural Communication Classroom, paper presented on the panel “Powerful Examples of the Service-Learning Pedagogy: An interactive Discussion for transforming your own courses” at the annual conference of the National Communication Association (formerly Speech Communication Association), Chicago, IL (October 1997).

_____, Service-Learning Pedagogy: Experiential Learning in the Gender and Communication Classroom.  Panel presentation at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL (October 1997).

Susan Callaway

Susan Callaway, "Transforming the Writing Center Through Community-Based Partnering," at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Lexington, Kentucky (March 2010).

_____, "Assessing Intercultural Competency of Peer Consultants," 2015 International Writing Centers Association Conference, Pittsburgh PA (Oct. 2015).

Camille George

BOOK CHAPTERS

C. George, “Is the Community Partner Satisfied?," in Service-Learning in the Computer and Information Sciences: Practical Applications in Engineering Education, B.A. Nejmeh, ed.(John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012), 517-528.
 
_____ and B. Sain, “Human Development and a Senior Project in Mali," in Engineering Education and Practice: Embracing a Catholic Vision, J. Heft and K. Hallinan, eds. (University of Notre Dame Press, 2012), 143-168.
 
_____, A.N. Shams, and S. Smith-Cunnien, “French, Engineering and Sociology Students Working in Mali: A Model of Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Service-Learning in Francophone Africa," in Étudiants Sans Frontières (Students without Borders): Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in French, J. Thomas (American Association of Teachers of French, 2012), 151-166.
 
_____, and A.Shams, “Global Competency: An Interdisciplinary Approach” in Sound Instruction Ready to Use Classroom Practice, Melinda R. Pierson, Kristin K. Stang,
Ben Varner, eds., 151-166.

 
JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS
 
with F. V. Dunkel and A.N. Shams, “Expansive Collaboration: A Model for Transformed Classrooms, Community-Based Research, and Service-Learning," NACTA Journal, 55.4 (2011), 65-74.
 
with A.N. Shams and F.V. Dunkel, “Lessons Learned in an International Service-Learning Collaborative: Shea Butter Case Study”, NACTA Journal, 55.2 (2011), 71-77.
 
with A. Shams, “The Challenge of Including Customer Satisfaction Into the Assessment Criteria of Overseas Service-Learning Projects," International Journal of Service Learning in Engineering, 2.2 (September 2007).
 
with A. Shams, “Global Competency: An Interdisciplinary Approach," Academic Exchange Quarterly, 10.4 (Winter 2006), 249-256.

 
CONFERENCE PAPERS AND POSTER SESSIONS

C. George, D. Elton, H. Garwick and G. Ewing, “How Understanding Local Challenges and Opportunities Influenced the Design of Post-Harvest Technology in Haiti," NCIIA Annual Conference, Washington D.C. (March 24-26, 2011).
 
_____, E. Amel and C. Greene, “‘Lessons with Lunch’ Using a Common Technology with a Global Impact to Address Technology and Data Literacy,” Proceedings of the 2007 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii (June 2007).
 
_____, E. Amel, and Y. Ng, “Assessing the Impact of Innovative ME Courses: Creating and Validating Tools,” Proceedings of the 2007 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii (June 2007).
 
_____, K. Mueller, “A Solar-Powered Decorative Water Fountain Hands-On Build to Expose Engineering Concepts to Non-Majors and Foster Technology Literacy”, Proceedings of the 2006 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois (June 2006).

_____, A. Shams, “Measuring the Effects of a Short-Term International Service-Learning Project on Intercultural Awareness,” at Theory to Practice: Advancing Research to Improve Service-Learning Outcomes, poster session presented at the fourth annual International Conference on Service-Learning Research, Clemson University, Greenville, S.C. (Oct. 10-12, 2004).
 
_____, B. Sain, “Education for Human Development: Evaluating a Senior Design Project in Mali through the Lens of Christian Theology," Conference on the role of Engineering at Catholic Universities, Dayton, Ohio (September 22-24, 2005).
 
C. George, “Fuel Cells and Discovery-Oriented Teaching”, Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Session 2233, Salt Lake City, Utah (June 2004).

Hans Gustafson

Hans Gustafson, "A View from the Trenches: Interreligious Service-Learning and Community Engagement for Undergraduates," at the Interfaith Studies: Curricular Programs and Core Competencies Conference, California Lutheran University, Los Angeles, California (March 14, 2016).

Angela High-Pippert

Angela High-Pippert, “Feeding the Mind: Integrating Service-Learning into an American Public Policy Course," presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual National Meeting in Chicago, Illinois (April 2-5, 2009).

Mike Klein

PUBLICATIONS

Klein, Michael, “Cell phones, t-shirts and coffee: Codification of commodities in a circle of praxis pedagogy,” Peace Studies Journal special edition: The Business of war and peace, and the potential for education to play a transformative role, 6.1 (2013), 31-45.

_____,“Online partnerships for human rights education praxis," Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, 24:1–9 (2012).

_____, “Peace education and Paulo Freire’s method: Towards the democratization of teaching and learning," Convergence Adult Education Journal, Issue 40 (2007), 187-205.

 

PRESENTATIONS

Klein, Michael, "Life After Americorps: Vocational Discernment," Keynote for Promise Fellows Statewide Conference, Minnesota Alliance With Youth, St. Paul, MN (July 15, 2015).

_____, "Democratizing Leadership" Workshop for Americorps Intercorps Council, Minneapolis, MN (March 9, 2015).

_____, "Using Art as a Vehicle for Social Change", Panel Moderator, HealthEast, St. Paul, MN (August 28, 2014).

_____, "Chamber Music as Democratizing Leadership" with the Parker Quartet and Wilder Foundation, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (April 25, 2014).

_____, "Democratizing Leadership", Catholic Servant Leadership Network, Minneapolis, MN (April 28, 2014).

_____, “Leadership Jazz” Wilder Foundation Link-up Session, Harriet Island Pavilion, St. Paul, MN (June 4, 2013).

_____, “Truth-telling & Community Leadership” Wilder Foundation, Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN (December 1, 2012).

Debbie Monson

D. Monson & D. Besser, "Smashing Milk Cartons: Third-grade students solve a real-world problem using the engineering design process, collaborative group work, and integrated STEM education," in Science and Children (Summer 2015). full-text pdf

D. Monson and D. Besser, "Bringing STEM to the Elementary Classroom," National Science Teachers Association Press, 2016 (forthcoming; reprint).

Ashley Shams

Publications:

Shams, Ashley, with Sue-Smith-Cunnien, and Camille George, “French, Engineering, and Sociology Students Working in Mali: A Necessary Collaboration.” Étudiants Sans Frontières (Students Without Borders): Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in French. Ed. Jacki Thomas. Washington, D.C., AATF, 2012.

Dunkel, Florence, Ashley Shams, and Camille George,"Expansive Collaboration: A Model for Transformed Classrooms, Community-Based Research, and Service-Learning" North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal. 55, 4 (December, 2011): 64-76.

George, Camille, Ashley Shams, and Florence Dunkel, “Lessons Learned in an International Service-Learning Collaborative: Shea Butter Case Study”, North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal. 55, 2 (June 2011): 71-77.

George, Camille, and Ashley Shams, “The Challenge of Including Customer Satisfaction Into the Assessment Criteria of Overseas Service-Learning Projects”, International Journal of Service Learning in Engineering. 2, 2 (September 2007): 64-75.

Shams, Ashley, and Camille George, “Global Competency: An Interdisciplinary Approach”, Academic Exchange Quarterly. 10, 4 (Winter 2006): 249-256.

Ashley Shams and Camille George, “Measuring the Effects of a Short-Term International Service-Learning Project on Intercultural Awareness,” at Theory to Practice: Advancing Research to Improve Service-Learning Outcomes, poster session presented at the fourth annual International Conference on Service-Learning Research, Clemson University, Greenville, S.C. (Oct. 10-12, 2004).

 

Conference Presentations:

Shams, Ashley, Camille George, and Sue Smith-Cunnien. "International service-learning: Bringing the Study of Francophonie to Life", American Association of Teachers of French Annual (AATF) Conference, Philadelphia, PA, July 6, 2010. Conference Presentation.

Beckage, Nancy,  E. Chaikin, Florence Dunkel, Rick Fell, Camille George, Robert Gilbertson, Ada Giusti, and Ashley Shams."The Quiet Revolution: Facilitating International, Holistic, Service-Learning on Toxicologic and Physiologic Issues", The Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, December 15, 2009.  Conference Presentation.

Dunkel, Florence, Camille George, and Ashley Shams. “Expansive Collaboration: An Innovative Service-Learning Model to Address Bottom-Up Development” Poster at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA/SERD) Conference, Stillwater, OK, June 19. Poster Presentation.

Shams, Ashley, and Camille George. “Approaches to Community-Based Learning” Mapping the Field, The Forum on Education Abroad 4th Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts , April  3 2008. Conference Presentation.

Shams, Ashley, Camille George, and Florence Dunkel. "The new ‘3-M’: Minnesota, Montana and Mali: The Synergy of Collaborative International Service-Learning" Sixth International Service-Learning Research Conference, Portland, OR, October 16, 2006.  Conference Paper.

George, Camille, and Ashley Shams. “Examination of Assessment for Measuring Intercultural Awareness Impact in a Diverse Student Group during a Short-Term International Service-Learning Project”. Conference on Service Learning in Engineering. Washington, DC May 24, 2006. Poster Presentation.

Shams, Ashley. “Experiential Pedagogy and Assessment for Study Abroad: Educating for Global Citizenship” Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Annual Conference, Miami, Florida, October 5, 2005. Conference Presentation.

George, Camille, and Ashley Shams. “Design of an Appropriate Breadfruit Shredder and Dehydrator: A Collaborative Project”, Engineers for a Sustainable World National Conference: Solutions for a Shrinking Planet, Palo Alto, California, 1October, 2004. Conference Presentation.

Arkady Shemyakin

Arkady Shemyakin and Brenda Tiefenbruck, “Community-oriented projects in calculus-based statistics courses,” in Model Assisted Statistics and Applications 4 (2009), 253–264.

Brenda Tiefenbruck

Arkady Shemyakin and Brenda Tiefenbruck, “Community-oriented projects in calculus-based statistics courses,” in Model Assisted Statistics and Applications 4 (2009), 253–264.

Moussa Traoré

Moussa Traoré, The Marquis de Sade as A Key Figure of Enlightenment: How His Crystal Genius Still Speaks to Today’s World and Its Major Problems (New York, N.Y.: Peter Lang, 2012), 53-64.

Moussa Traoré, “Hit the Books: Grades and Academic Expectations in the U.S.," in Doing the Transcultural Thing: Explorations in Living in the United States, edited by Michael Schwartz (Dubuque, IA: Kendal Hunt, 2015).

 

Artika Tyner

Artika Tyner, The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice (Chicago: American Bar Association, 2014).

__________, The Leader's Journey: A Guide to Discovering the Leader Within (Chicago: American Bar Association, 2015).

__________, M. Higgins, D. Malisz, N. Peterson, & S. West, (2015, April). "Phone calls creating lifelines for prisoners and their families: A retrospective case study on the campaign for prison phone justice in Minnesota," in Trinity Law Review (April, 2015).

__________, "A Long Time Coming: The Case for Prison Phone Justice Reform," in Clearinghouse Review (2014).

Kimberly Vrudny

Publications

Kimberly Vrudny, “Encountering Beauty’s Vineyard in South Africa,” in SEEN Journal, XIV.1 (2014).

_____, “An Ethical Gaze? Behind the Scenes with 30 Years / 30 Lives” in ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, 24.1 (2013), 20-34.

_____,  “AIDS, Ethics, and Inequities in the United States,” in Paul Myhre, ed., Religion and Ethics: Issues in 21st Century North America (Winona: Anselm Academic, 2012), 112-139.

_____, “AIDS, Accountability, and Activism: The Beauty of Sue Williamson’s Resistance Art,” in Maureen O’Connell and Laurie Cassidy, eds., She Who Imagines: Feminist Theological Aesthetics (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2012), 125-141.

_____, “Seeking the Well-Being of the City: Future Directions for Visual Ethics,” in ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, 23.3, 15-18 (2012).

_____, “Conforming Beauty: Amnesty International’s Campaign Against Child Soldiering,” in ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, 22.2 (2010), 7-12.

_____, “Deforming and Reforming Beauty: Disappearance and Presence in the Theo-Political Imagination of Ricardo Cinalli," in Robin M. Jensen and Kimberly Vrudny, eds., Visual Theology: Forming and Transforming the Community Through the Arts (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 2009), 67-92.

_____, “The Dissonant Gaze: Redemption, Liberation, and the Theological Imagination.” In ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, 20.2 (2009) 44-48.

_____, “Profound Learning, Theological Aesthetics, and AIDS: Assessing the Effectiveness of Service-Based Pedagogies,” in ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies 19/2 (2008), pgs. 34-43.

_____, “Profound Learning, Theological Aesthetics, and AIDS: Assessing the Effectiveness of Service-Based Pedagogies,” in David C. Robinson (ed.), God's Grandeur: The Arts and Imagination in Theology (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2007), 151-166.

 

Presentations

Kimberly Vrudny,  “Catholic Artists After Gaudium et Spes: A View from Pope Francis’ Argentina,” Gaudium et Spes Conference (March 13, 2015).

_____, “The Arts of Peacemaking: Four Muslim Artists Respond to Terrorism from ‘Little Mogadishu’,” MCDC Conference (November 2, 2014).

_____,  “A City on the Hill: ‘Little Mogadishu,’ Al-Shabaab, and the Somali Refugee,” at the Art and Christianity Enquiry International Conference, Westminster Cathedral, London (July 11, 2014).

_____, “30 Years / 30 Lives: Photographic Ethics, Public Health, and Social Change,” poster presentation at the Global Health and Innovation Conference, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (2011).

_____, “The Making of 30 Years / 30 Lives: Documenting a Pandemic,” at the American Academy of Religion National Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia (2010).

_____, “When Religion, Public Health, and Service Learning Align: Mobilizing Undergraduate Theology Students for Transformation,” poster session at the ARHAP: African Religious Health Assets Programme International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa (2009).

_____, “Conforming Beauty: Amnesty International’s Campaign Against Child Soldiering,” at the Art and Christian Enquiry Conference, Strasbourg, France (2009).

_____, “Deforming and Reforming Beauty: Disappearance and Presence in the Theopolitical Imagination of Ricardo Cinalli,” at the Upper Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in St. Paul, Minnesota (2009).

_____, “Nourishing Body, Mind, and Spirit in South Africa: Stumbling Blocks and Stepping Stones,” at the Nineteenth Annual National Service-Learning Conference: “Youth for a Change,” Minneapolis, Minnesota (2009).

_____, “Investigating, Discovering, and Demystifying the Classroom” at the Upper Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in St. Paul, Minnesota (2008).

_____, “Visual Ethics, Theology, and Documentary Photography: Sebastião Salgado’s Famine in the Sahel,” at the Visual Ethics Symposium, Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio (2007).

_____, “Service Learning in Theology and the Arts Courses: Best Practices,” at the “‘Best Practices’ in Teaching Theology and the Arts” Consultation, funded by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, St. Paul, Minnesota (2006).

_____, “Profound Learning Through Service: Theological Aesthetics and AIDS,” presented at the 52nd Annual Convention of the College Theology Society, Denver, Colorado (2006).

_____, “What will happen to the children?: Retrieving the Beauty of the Lament in an Age of AIDS,” at the Second International Conference on Theological Aesthetics, Denver, Colorado (2006).

Lisa Waldner

Lisa K. Waldner, “Teaching About Family Issues Through Service Learning in a Research Methods Course," presented at the annual meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society in Kansas City, Missouri (April 15-18, 2004).

Collaborative Strategies of Engagement:

There are several strategies of engagement that GALE will oversee, maintaining programs that are already doing good work and developing still others. GALE wants to grow these programs and to continue to increase high-quality opportunities for students to engage with off-campus partner organizations.

  • International Engagement (through the Office of Study Abroad)
  • Changemaker Engagement (ASHOKA initiatives in social innovation and social entrepreneurship)
  • Sustainability Engagement (through the sustainability initiatives including Sustainable Communities Partnership, Brightside, and so on)
  • Civic Engagement (through the Office of Civic Engagement)

Engagement strategies extend beyond traditional categories like direct service to include: capacity building, economic development, public policy advocacy, participatory action research, grassroots organizing, confrontational strategies, and education. Sometimes engagement is characterized as either reproducing the status quo through charity, or changing it through work for social justice. Collaborative strategies of engagement transcend this dichotomy. By collaborating across university units, and coordinating strategies of engagement with partner organizations, GALE will provide a broad engagement framework to address social needs without undermining critical analyses of power and injustice. In this context, meeting direct needs to sustain social goods, and changing or challenging systems in pursuit of social justice, are complementary strategies. GALE works to connect and promote ethical and effective collaborative strategies of engagement at the University of St. Thomas to advance the common good.