Service Learning & Civic Engagement at Community Colleges: Part One
October 26 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Connecticut Center for Teaching Pathways is partnering with Campus Compact for Southern New England by opening participation to CCSNE member campuses for their Road to Teaching Success program. The program is traditionally open to all faculty and staff in the Connecticut Community College system and is especially directed to faculty within their first three years of full-time employment.
The three-part workshop series, Service Learning & Civic Engagement Across Disciplines at Community Colleges, will focus on teaching strategies and innovative learning opportunities within service learning and community engagement, specifically within community colleges. The workshops will be explicitly didactic in nature: that is, workshops teach participants specific concepts and techniques, and focus on practical implementation in the college classroom.
The first workshop will feature interactive dialog with Fagan Forhan, Assistant Dean of K-12 Partnership and Civic Engagement at Mount Wachusett Community College. Participants will learn the terminology of various forms of civic engagement in and outside of the classroom, as well as the pedagogical traditions behind the service.
The effectiveness of SL and CE will be highlighted in varied disciplines through case studies. Attendees will be given opportunities to discuss how these practices may be incorporated in the classrooms of attendees. Participants will also have time to outline or modify a SL or CE project into a course for the spring.
About the Facilitator:
A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in Psychology, Fagan Forhan has consistently and passionately been involved in many facets of community engagement and has served on numerous boards and committees. Before coming to the college in 2006, Fagan worked for six years with the Massachusetts State Legislature as Chief of Staff for a state representative as a liaison for local nonprofits and constituents.
In her current role, Fagan provides strategic direction and oversight for the Senator Stephen M. Brewer Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement, as well as the college’s Division of Access and Transition, which include all early college and dual enrollment programs. She served as a member of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education’s Study Group on Civic Learning, is currently a National Steering Committee Member for The Democracy Commitment of Campus Compact, and co-led the national Economic Inequality Initiative through the American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment. Fagan is also certified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI). She also advises the Phi Delta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, and serves as an advisor for Otaku United.