San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This event is open to GGC faculty & staff only.
How Service Learning Transformed my Teaching: A Personal Reflection
Dr. Daniel Vollaro shares his own journey from high school teacher to college professor, focusing on how his teaching has been transformed by community service and service learning.
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.