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WSU CCE Community Engagement Faculty Fellows Announced

Department: Center for Civic Engagement


The first WSU cohort of Community Engagement Faculty Fellows represents eight disciplines, five colleges, and four campuses. “We had an excellent response to the program from faculty across the WSU system,” said Melanie Brown, Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) Director. “I was very impressed by the quality of the applications and the level of interest, including the strong motivation of faculty to be engaged.”

Funded by a WSU Seed Grant for Student Success, the fellowship program will establish a community of practice for engaged scholarship, develop curriculum-based service learning opportunities for students, and address authentic needs through collaboration with community partners. Mike Berger, Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of the Environment and Biological Sciences at WSU Vancouver, is looking forward to “interacting with other participants, exchanging ideas, and developing a service learning course that will enhance the experience and success of WSUV undergraduate students.” A pilot experience with service learning prompted Berger to apply for the fellowship. “I was impressed by how much my students learned from the experience and how much they enjoyed it as well!”

Starting in February, Fellows will participate in several interactive workshops and a campus-community forum prior to designing new service learning courses to be offered in academic year 2017-18. Molly Kelton, Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at WSU Pullman, is looking forward to tying her research and teaching interests together through community engagement. "As an educational researcher, I investigate learning as something that extends beyond classroom walls. As a teacher educator, I’m looking for new opportunities for my students to develop their teaching skills in authentic contexts. The CCE Faculty Fellows Program is the perfect opportunity for me to pursue these passions together."

In addition to Mike Berger and Molly Kelton, the 2017 Faculty Fellows cohort includes Deborah Christel; Assistant Professor in the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles at WSU Pullman; Samantha Gizerian, Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience at WSU Pullman; Cassandra Gulam, Senior Instructor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures at WSU Vancouver; John Lupinacci, Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at WSU Pullman; Sammy Perone, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development at WSU Pullman; Janet Peters, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at WSU Tri-Cities; and Barbara Richardson, Director of Interprofessional Education and Research at WSU Spokane.

To learn more about the WSU CCE Community Engagement Faculty Fellows program and the 2017 cohort, visit