Beth Wall-Bassett, Western Carolina University associate professor of nutrition and dietetics, is one of two members of the North Carolina Campus Compact network to be selected to a one-year term as an Engaged Faculty Scholar.
Wall-Bassett joins UNC Wilmington’s Jacquelyn Lee as the third pair of North Carolina faculty members to be selected as Engaged Faculty Scholars. They will receive support from the compact and their respective universities for a research or administrative project designed to deepen the scholarship of campus-community engagement at their school.
During her year as an Engaged Faculty Scholar, Wall-Bassett will focus on faculty learning, planning and carrying out a “faculty community engagement development institute.” The institute will involve 10 faculty members in a yearlong program related to the practice of service-learning and community engagement. Her goal will be to increase the number of designated service learning/community engagement courses at WCU.
Wall-Bassett also will evaluate the institute to inform future training and research faculty perceptions of service learning/community engagement in order to aid in the development of peer review tools to improve service-learning course design.
Doug Keskula, dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, recommended Wall-Bassett for the program. “She has a successful track record across her career in the area of service learning, embracing the opportunity for students to be agents of change in the community,” he said.
Wall-Bassett’s research and teaching centers on the integration and assessment of service-learning/community engagement principles into nutrition and interdisciplinary courses to improve food insecurity. She teaches courses in community nutrition, food science and cultural foods, as well as interdisciplinary study abroad courses in health sciences.
As an Engaged Faculty Scholar, Wall-Bassett will receive a stipend of $1,500, travel reimbursement for consultation visits to the partner institution, and a professional development budget. She will present her project at the network’s annual PACE conference and other venues.
North Carolina Campus Compact, the state affiliate of the national Campus Compact organization, was started in 2002 and is hosted by Elon University. It builds the capacity of colleges and universities to educate engaged students and strengthen communities. The statewide network consists of 35 public, private and community colleges and universities.