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2009 Academic Community Engagement Award Faculty Recipients


  • Andrew Kaufman: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Slavic Languages and Literature
    "What is Living For? Literature and the Meaning of Life in the 21st Century"
    Through rigorous engagement with masterpieces of Russian Literature, students will confront in a profound and human way the timeless human question: what is the living for? The ultimate goal of this course is to connect students more deeply with themselves, the world around them, and life itself. Students will conduct book discussions with residents at the Jefferson Trail Treatment Center for Children.

  • Betsy Roettger: School of Architecture, Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
    "Designing Higher-Density Affordable Housing"
    Each fall semester, this architectural studio will focus on a different local affordable housing project. Students will work in teams to engage a local housing project in the planning stages-communicating ideas, envisioning alternative possibilities, designing responsible approaches to the environment, modeling demonstration projects, facilitating meetings and evaluating implementation.

  • Carol Anne Spreen: Curry School of Education, Leadership, Foundations and Policy
    "Global Poverty, Inequality, and Human Rights in Education"
    This course will provide a systematic analysis of global poverty and inequality as it intersects with the right to education. It will examine the broad underpinnings of international human rights and education, and then examine these issues as they relate to the experiences of refugee and immigrant children in Charlottesville.

  • Kent Wayland: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Science, Technology, and Society
    "Cross-Cultural Engineering"
    In order to better train students for working across cultural boundaries, this course will instill students with an anthropological understanding of culture. By exploring the depth of cultural variation and gaining some experience in considering the world from other cultural viewpoints, the students will come to appreciate the complexities and nuance of service-learning research work.

  • Betsy Tucker: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Drama
    "Senior Seminar: Prison Workshop"
    This course takes UVa students into Virginia Juvenile Correctional Facilities for 3-10 weeks of small group theatre workshops with residents.

  • Diane Whaley & Robin Schroyer: Curry School of Education, Associate Professor, Curry School of Education and Director, Lifetime Physical Activity Program; Doctoral Student, Educational Psychology
    "Motivation in Achievement Contexts"
    This course focuses on key issues in motivation across the life domains of school, physical activity, and interpersonal relationships. Theories and supporting research are reviewed, and practical applications to realworld contexts discussed. Topics include psychological needs, cognitions, emotions, and individual differences (e.g., race, age, ability), and how these factors influence theory to practice applications.

  • John Quale: School of Architecture, Architecture and Landscape Architecture
    "Evaluating ecoMOD, ecoMOD Design Studio and ecoMOD Engineering class"
    The ecoMOD Project (www.ecomod.virginia.edu) is focused on creating highly energy-efficient and prefabricated homes for affordable housing organizations. The project has successfully created five occupied affordable housing units on three sites in Charlottesville, VA and Gautier, MS.

  • Diane Boyer & Cathy Campbell: School of Nursing, Dept. of Family, Community and Mental Health Services and Dept. Acute and Specialty Care
    "Appalachian Partnership for Pain Management"
    Incorporate treatment of chronic illness models including organization of health care delivery systems, community linkages, decision support, delivery system design, clinical information systems to enhance safe, effective pain management by nurses who administer and prescribe pain management focusing on the population health effects of the unique socio-economic and geographical challenges of SW VA.

  • Paige Pullen: Curry School of Education, Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
    "Reading Diagnosis and Remediation for Special Educators"
    This course provides an examination of reading research and its implications for assessment and instruction for students with reading disabilities. Participants gain competence in conducting clinical literacy diagnosis, writing reports, and developing instructional programs.

  • Tanya Denckla Cobb: Associate Director, Institute for Environmental Negotiation, and Timothy Beatley: Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, School of Architecture, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning
    "Community Food System Planning: PART II"
    This course plans to build upon the previous four years of class work to develop specific policy recommendations for Charlottesville and the five surrounding counties, to consider for inclusion in their Comprehensive Plans. The recommendations will address ways to improve production, distribution, and equitable access to fresh, local food.

  • Winx Lawrence: Curry School of Education, Human Services
    "Issues Facing Adolescent Girls: Fostering Leadership in Girls and Women"
    In this course students explore the psychological, social, and cultural issues affecting adolescent girls and apply this understanding through service with the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP), a mentoring program that pairs middle school girls with college women for a year.

  • Scot French & Bill Ferster: College of Arts and Sciences, Virginia Center for Digital History
    "Virtual Vinegar Hill - A Community Partnership"
    This course, offered in partnership with Charlottesville's Public Housing Association of Residents, will pair 8-10 students in public housing with U.Va. faculty and students to document/encourage civic engagement in the public housing redevelopment process. Students will conduct research, interview residents, & gain new media skills.

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