2009.10.15 > For Immediate Release
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Carlson, Sather Regionally Honored for Service Learning Pedagogy and Leadership
Omaha - The Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education has recognized Patricia Carlson and Paul Sather of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) with two prestigious awards.
Carlson, who joined the School of Social Work in 1993, received the Teaching Commendation in Service-Learning. This award honors a faculty/staff member who has demonstrated a sustained commitment to incorporating service-learning pedagogy in the college classroom and collaborating with community partners and/or students in course design.
Before joining UNO, Carlson worked in an inpatient psychiatric hospital, with the State Foster Care Review Board and in clinical social work. She has worked with numerous community partners to further their goals. Along with teaching responsibilities, Carlson also serves as undergraduate program coordinator for the School of Social Work.
Sather, director of the Service Learning Academy, was honored with the Voyager Award. The honor recognizes a consortium member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and leadership in the field of service learning through their professional career. Sather was selected based on: advancement of the principles of effective practice; development of a culture of engagement within an institution; innovation in program growth and sustainability; and dedication to advancing the mission and goals of the consortium.
Sather served as associate director of UNO’s School of Social Work before joining the Service Learning Academy. He has presented at many national and international conferences on service-learning pedagogy and civic engagement, including: the International Conference on Improving University Teaching in Bern, Switzerland; the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education in New York City; and the International Conference on Service Learning and Civic Engagement in Galway, Ireland.
Since 1993, the consortium has promoted, mobilized and supported the efforts of its members throughout the Midwest in developing and strengthening academic and co-curricular service-learning programs in their institutions with their communities.
About the Service Learning Academy
The Service Learning Academy at UNO was established in 1999 with a grant from the Nebraska Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education. The office is currently supported by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs at UNO.
Service-learning offerings at UNO have grown tremendously in the academy’s history. In the 1998-99 academic year, 133 students taking seven courses participated in service learning. By the 2008-2009 academic year, participation grew to nearly 1,600 students in more than 100 classes in disciplines and interdisciplinary programs across the university.
The Service Learning Academy supports and develops ongoing relationships with more than 200 community partners, and provides faculty development opportunities to UNO faculty to assist in service-learning pedagogy scholarship.
Visit www.unomaha.edu/servicelearning/ for more information, or call (402) 554-6019.
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