Awards and Recognition
Call for Nominations
The Service Learning Academy is currently seeking nominations for the 2019 Outstanding Faculty and Student Service Learning Awards. Applicants interested in applying should view our Call for Nominations page for requirements and deadlines. Please contact Kirsten Case if you have any questions.
Service Learning Awards
Each year, the Service Learning Academy recognizes one UNO faculty member who exemplifies excellence in the practice of service learning in his or her work, and one or a team of UNO student(s) who has excelled in the understanding/integration of course objectives through the collaboration, planning and implementation of a community service learning course project. Awards carry monetary honorariums, and are presented at the end of the academic semester at the Faculty Honors Convocation and Student Honors Convocation, respectively.
Faculty Service Learning Award
The Faculty Service Learning Award recognizes a UNO faculty member who has experience with a service learning course, who has been supportive of service learning and who has a thorough understanding and appreciation of community agency issues.
2018 Outstanding Faculty Recipient
Steven Rodie, MLA
Director of UNO Center for Urban Sustainability
Student Service Learning Award
The Service Learning Student Award recognizes an undergraduate and graduate student enrolled in service learning courses who demonstrates an understanding of reflective practice techniques, provides service for a community agency and embraces the philosophy of service learning and community service.
2018 Outstanding Student Recipient
The UNO Service Learning Academy (SLA) Faculty Fellows program is a critical component in the University's efforts to accomplish its strategic plan and metropolitan mission. The program has been designed to empower service learning faculty to cultivate interest in service learning in their fellow faculty members.
Full-time faculty members from all UNO colleges that have taught 3 semesters of service learning instruction are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to applicants who have completed Service Learning 101, the Service Learning Seminar and/or other service learning training. For more information please contact the Service Learning Academy.
2018 Faculty Fellows
Rose Strasser, Ph.D.
Director, Neuroscience and Behavior Graduate Program
Dr. Strasser is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. She is also the Director of the Neuroscience and Behavior Graduate Program. Her primary areas of interests include how changes in the environment, including early hormonal environment, influences brain organization and behavior. She is interested in comparing differences both within and between species to further understand the role hormones play in a variety of social behaviors, as well as learning and cognition.
Dr. Strasser is interested in applied animal behavior research involving companion animal in a shelter environment or animals housed in a zoological park. This interests her both as a behavioral scientist seeking interesting comparative questions and also as an instructor who wishes to include community engagement in her teaching practices.
Dr. Strasser earned her B.A. in Psychobiology and Psychology with a minor in Environmental Studies from Hiram College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in Psychology.
Sachin Pawaskar, Ph.D.
Senior Research Technology Fellow
Information Systems & Quantitative Analysis
Dr. Pawaskar is a Senior Research Technology Fellow in the Department of Information Systems & Quantitative Analysis. His primary areas of research and creative interest include sustainability, energy awareness, big data analytics, and cloud computing. His teaching interests include big data analytics, cloud computing, business intelligence, data structures, algorithms, and object oriented programming.
Dr. Pawaskar earned his M.S. in Computer Science from University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) in 2001, an MBA from University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) in 2004, and a Ph.D. in Information Technology from University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) in 2013.
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