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The Edward Zlotkowski Faculty Service Learning Award

The Edward Zlotkowski Faculty Award for Service-Learning recognizes annually a faculty member for innovations in engaged scholarship that integrate service into the curriculum and for efforts to institutionalize service-leaning in his/her discipline, school or college, and the university.

Previous recipients of the award are Sara Kolb of Nursing in 2003, Margaret Mitchell of Theatre Arts, 2004, and Theresa Tiggeman of Accounting, 2005. (Read about them below.)  

Edward Zlotkowski is a nationally recognized scholar and author in the field of engaged scholarship and service learning. Read of Dr. Zlotkowski and his 21-volume Series on Service-Learning in the Disciplines  http://www.bentley.edu/newsroom/latest-headlines/edward-zlotkowski-professor-english-bentley-university-receives .  His work was a positive influence at Incarnate Word starting in the late 1990’s and helped to establish faculty practice here. IW faculty both realized that service had been a part of student learning since our beginnings with Incarnate Word Sisters teaching nursing and that more formal structures of service learning were needed.

Read a brief history of the Development and Institutionalization of Service-Learning at UIW since 1989 when the faculty instituted 45 hours of community service for all undergraduate students.

In 1996, Ernest Boyer wrote about “The Scholarship of Engagement” in the Journal of Public Service and Outreach:  “…[T]he academy must become a more vigorous partner in the search for answers to our most pressing social, civic, economic, and moral problems, and must reaffirm its historic commitment to what I call the scholarship of engagement.”

As a way of encouraging service and scholarship about it, the Edward Zlotkowski Faculty Award for Service-Learning was established in 2002. The founding of the Ettling Center for Civic Engagement in 2013 gave firmer support for faculty to use service learning and do engaged scholarship. Please see the Faculty Resources page for a broad overview http://www.uiw.edu/eccl/Faculty-Resources/    and especially consider Service and Service Learning Guidelines http://www.uiw.edu/eccl/Faculty-Resources/service-and-service-learning-guidelines.html  and  Faculty Resources for Assistance and Scholarship http://www.uiw.edu/eccl/Faculty-Resources/resources-for-assistance-and-scholarship.html   .

Nominate any faculty member including yourself who gives examples of “innovations in engaged scholarship that integrates service into the curriculum and for efforts to institutionalize service-leaning in his/her discipline, school or college, and the university.”  Please write about 500 words about this person’s contributions. Click here for the nomination form

Past Recipients of the Edward Zlotkowski Service Learning Award

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Dr. Sara Kolb (at the top), Nursing Professor Emerita, and other leaders at the Ministerio de Salud project, providing primary and secondary care health services to the underserved elderly using a Parish Nurse Model. She was involved in this center in southwest San Antonio  which provided all Nursing students opportunities for at least two service learning projects before they graduated.

 

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Margaret Mitchell, Professor of Theatre Arts, has not only designed costumes for the theatre and taught students to do so, but she has also led students sewing dolls for disadvantaged children.  She teaches compassion with costuming!

 

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Theresa Tiggeman, CPA, MBA, teaches Accounting. She coordinates a service learning project that was started at UIW over 30 years ago, the UIW Volunteers in Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.  Annually students process a few hundred tax returns for persons with low income and the elderly of the community for no charge.