Group to Discuss Service-Learning at Faires Faculty Forum

Monday, September 5, 2011

Ten Westminster College faculty will present "A Cross-Disciplinary Examination of Service-Learning at Westminster College: Five Years of Best Practices" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

Service-learning is an educational method that integrates a service component into the course curriculum and allows students to reflect on shared experiences as they grasp real-life situations in their field of study and meet community needs through service.

Coordinated by Dr. Patrick Krantz, director of Westminster's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, faculty participants include: Dr. Helen Boylan, associate professor of chemistry; Dr. Amy Camardese, associate professor and chair of Westminster's Department of Education; Dr. Terri Lenox, associate professor and chair of Westminster's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science; Dr. Scott Mackenzie, associate professor of theatre; Dr. Eileen Morelli, associate professor of education; Delores Natale, public relations lecturer; Dr. Kristin Park, professor and chair of Westminster's Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies; Dr. Sherri Pataki, assistant professor of psychology; Dr. Katherine Robertson, associate professor of biology; and Dr. Kristenne Robison, assistant professor of sociology.

Faculty Forum was established in 1990 by Dr. Barbara Faires, Westminster professor of mathematics emerita, during her term as Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Faculty members from all disciplines volunteer to present lectures on their current research, artistic productions, and/or scholarship of teaching and learning.  Each forum presents new ideas with innovative lecture techniques.

Contact Krantz at (724) 946-6097 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.