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463. Service Learning Pedagogy in the Undergraduate Curriculum

Saturday, January 8, 2011

463. Service Learning Pedagogy in the Undergraduate Curriculum: An Introduction

10:15–11:30 a.m., 410, LA Convention Center

A special session

Presiding: Alice Marie Villaseñor, University of Southern California

Speakers: Vanessa Herold Arnaud, California State University, Sacramento; G. Michelle Collins-Sibley, University of Mount Union; Elizabeth Goodhue, University of California, Los Angeles; Kristina Lucenko, Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Respondent: Roberta Rosenberg, Christopher Newport University

This session provides an introduction to service learning, a pedagogical approach by which students learn practical applications for the theories and concepts that they study in their coursework as they complete community service projects. This session will also focus on how to incorporate real-world experiences into the curriculum.


Information on Roundtable Participants

Alice Villaseñor, Presider:

Alice Villaseñor is the Director of Public Humanities Initiatives for the University of Southern California’s Joint Educational Project.  One of the oldest and largest service-learning programs in the country, JEP develops community-based learning partnerships with over fifty South Los Angeles community schools and non-profit organizations for over 1,000 students every semester. 

This short video features a recent service-learning course taught by Alice Villaseñor.

For more information about the University of Southern California’s Joint Educational Project, click here.

Roberta Rosenberg, Respondent:

Roberta Rosenberg is a Professor of English and the Director of the Center for Service Learning & Social Entrepreneurship at Christopher Newport University (  She has published three books on American literature and culture as well as numerous articles on teaching pedagogy, women's studies and professional writing.  In 2010, she presented a workshop on "Next Generation Service Learning: University-Community Collaboration” at the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices Conference.

Information about the Center for Service Learning & Social Entrepreneurship at Christopher Newport University can be found here.


Vanessa H. Arnaud, Presenter: 

Vanessa H. Arnaud is a Community Engagement Faculty Fellow at Sacramento State University.  She recently conducted an interactive, hands-on workshop on "Be the Change! How Campus & Community Build Partnerships to Improve Lives" at the California State University Community-Based Conference in Berkeley.   In addition to presenting at conferences, she recently published an article on "Strengthening Your Personal Development through Community Engagement" in a textbook, First-Year Seminar: Perspective and Empowerment (Cengage Learning 2009).

Click here for more information on Sacramento State's Community Engagement Center.


G. Michelle Collins-Sibley, Presenter:
G. Michelle Collins-Sibley is a Professor of English at University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.  She has published many articles on translation studies and the literatures of Africa and the African Diaspora.  She is currently working on a project entitled The Way of the Griot: Storytelling as Redemptive Art in Womanist Writers of the African Diaspora.

For information on the service learning program at Mount Union, please click here.


Elizabeth K. Goodhue, Presenter:

Elizabeth Goodhue is a doctoral candidate and teaching fellow in the English Department at the University of California, Los Angeles.  She has taught service-learning courses for her department and currently holds a joint teaching appointment with UCLA's Center for Community Learning as the instructor for a course that provides juniors and seniors with an academic complement to off-campus internship work.  Her work on Laurence Sterne has been published in the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies (2006), and she is currently writing a dissertation on “Graveyard Plots: Menippean Afterlives and Satiric Authorship in Eighteenth-Century Britain.”

More information about Goodhue’s work at UCLA can also be found here (pdf).

UCLA's Center for Community Learning can be accessed at this link.


Kristina Lucenko, Presenter: 

Kristina Lucenko received her PhD from the University at Buffalo in 2008. Her research interests include early modern women writers, feminist theory, and autobiography. She currently teaches in the Program of Writing and Rhetoric at Stony Brook University.  She has published translations, theatre reviews, and fiction in various venues.  Her critical piece, “'I Am Not Always in Such a Frame': Community and Gender in Early American Criminal Narratives," was published as a chapter in Assimilation and Subversion in Earlier American Literature (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006).

Click here to read an article about one of Kristina Lucenko’s service-learning courses.

We hope to begin a serious conversation about service-learning pedagogy at the MLA as a first step towards our ultimate goal of establishing a new discussion group devoted to the topic.

If you are interested in joining our e-mail list, please contact one of the session organizers:

Alice Villaseñor:

Roberta Rosenberg:

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The convention will begin on Thursday, 6 January, with preconvention workshops starting at 8:30 a.m. The convention ends on Sunday, 9 January, with the last sessions concluding at 3:00 p.m.

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