Alma Professor Receives Service-Learning Award
Michigan Campus Compact has awarded Alma College faculty member S.
Brian Stratton with an MCC Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning
The award is the highest MCC bestows on faculty and staff in the state of Michigan. Stratton, chair and associate professor of religious studies, was honored at an awards dinner at Schoolcraft College in Livonia on Feb. 8
Peers designated Stratton as the faculty/staff person on campus who has made the most outstanding contributions in service-learning and community service. The award recognizes his influence on and engagement of students to be involved in community service or service-learning initiatives through modeling, instructing and special projects.
Service learning is defined as coursework that involves meaningful community service and a clear connection between course objectives and service activities.
Alma College Service Learning Coordinator Anne Ritz nominated Stratton with the support of the Service Learning Task Force and President Saundra Tracy.
“Dr. Stratton’s teaching engages and influences students to be active and involved,” said Ritz.
Stratton became involved in service learning when he arrived at Alma in 2000. He has continued and expanded his commitment to service learning by participating in the first Service-Learning Faculty Fellows professional development program in 2002 and joining the Alma College Service Learning Task Force.
Stratton has integrated service learning into several courses, such as "Biblical Ethics and Community Service" and "Bible and Society." This winter, Stratton is involving students in his “Heritage of Islam” class in a civic engagement “transforming dialogues” project with Marygrove College students. The project is co-taught by Yavuz Demir, Alma’s Visiting Fulbright Scholar from Turkey, and Marygrove’s Loren Scribner.
Michigan Campus Compact promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.
Posted: Mon, February 12th, 2007 at 9:23AM