San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This event is open to GGC faculty & staff only.
Experiential Learning Track: Five Miles Out - Making Partnerships for Learning in the Community
Is learning something that happens merely within in the four walls of a classroom, or something more? This workshop addresses that question directly by focusing on how instructors can cultivate partnerships for learning and community building within the communities that surround the campus. Using GGC-specific examples of community partnerships formed in Gwinnett County and the Atlanta Metro area, this workshop shows faculty members how to open their classrooms to the community. Participants will learn the importance of community engagement, identify their interests in the community issues and affairs, and brainstorm ideas for connecting their disciplines and teaching to community needs.
This class will be offered twice. Please register for the date that is most convenient for you:
1) Thursday, March 30, from 12:30 - 1:45 pm
2) Monday, April 17, from 12:30 - 1:45 pm
Dr. Daniel Vollaro - Assistant Professor of English
Dr. Daniel Vollaro is an assistant professor of English who faithfully practices experiential learning pedagogy and service learning in his classes at GGC. Believing that students learn best by doing, his classes often revolve around semester-long projects that require students to interact with people and organizations outside of the college. He wants his students to discover for themselves the broader meaning and "social utility" of the subject matter taught in their classes, and he believes that a college education works best when students are given a lot of choice and autonomy.
With 18 years of teaching experience in the humanities and extensive professional experience as a journalist and an editor/writer for the publishing industry, Vollaro brings a praxis-oriented approach to his teaching of professional writing courses. His writing classes are often built around service learning projects wherein students work with nonprofits to improve their internal and external communication. His journalism courses train students to be citizen journalists.
As a scholar, Vollaro is interested in the relationships between power and literature. His dissertation explored how anthologies of American literature construct historical origin stories about the United States. He has published articles on Harriet Beecher Stowe’s meeting with Abraham Lincoln, Briton Hammon’s Narrative, the Transcendentalist publication The Dial, and Utopian Communities in Nineteenth Century America. He recently published an article titled "When Anarchists Speak of Thoreau" in the Thoreau Society Bulletin.
He holds a master's degree in Jewish-Christian studies from Seton Hall University and has taught a wide variety of humanities courses, including American and world literature, religious studies, ethics and philosophy.
Dr. Kelsey Woodard - CTE Experiential Learning Specialist
Dr. Kelsey Woodard is the experiential learning specialist for the Center for Teaching Excellence. She holds a B.S. degree in business information systems from Albany State University, and a M.A. in educational technology and Ph.D. in educational leadership: higher education, both from Western Michigan University. Woodard served as the director of service-learning and civic engagement at Darton State College (DSC) prior to her current appointment. She has more than 10 years of experience working with faculty, and teaching and advising university students and adult learners serving at Western Michigan University, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Michigan, and Kalamazoo Public Schools in Kalamazoo, MI.
Woodard's research and interests are in the areas of service-learning and reflection, and pre/in-service teacher assessment. A natural exhorter with a heart to serve, Woodard seeks to empower experiential learning communities through the cultivation of authentic relationships with campus and community stakeholders.