Service Learning Symposium set for June 14

“From Making Connections to Making Commitments: Improving Pedagogy, Engaging Students and Building Communities” will be the theme of the third annual Service Learning Symposium at Western Carolina University on Thursday, June 14.

Battistoni_Richard07Rick Battistoni (pictured), a nationally recognized service learning scholar and author, will be the lead presenter. Representatives from Western, Elon University, N.C. State University, Young Harris College and the University of Kentucky will make presentations on various service learning topics.

Battistoni is professor of political science and public service at Providence College, and is author of “Civic Engagement across the Curriculum: A Resource Book for Faculty in All Disciplines.” He served from 1994 through 2000 as founding director of the Feinstein Institute for Public Service at Providence, the first U.S. degree-granting program combining community service with the curriculum. He also has developed and directed service learning programs at Rutgers and Baylor universities.

The daylong symposium in the A.K. Hinds University Center will begin at 9 a.m. with an opening session led by Western’s Provost Kyle Carter.

Higher education faculty, researchers, administrators and upper-class or graduate students who have an interest in service learning and civic engagement are the primary audience for the symposium.

“The symposium provides a forum for scholarly discussion of issues, perspectives and best practices in service learning,” said Glenn Bowen, director of service learning activities at WCU. “It also facilitates the exchange of information and ideas on innovative and creative civic engagement strategies and programs.”

Registration deadline is Friday, June 1. For information, contact Bowen at (828) 227-7234 or