2015-2016 Engaged Faculty Fellows for Teaching Excellence

The Center for Civic Engagement is pleased to announce the selection of six Engaged Faculty Fellows for Teaching Excellence for 2015-16 (representing six different departments on campus). The CCE will support the fellows as they develop innovative applied learning classes with significant student engagement projects that address community issues. Read more about each fellow's proposed project below.

Previous Engaged Faculty Fellows for Teaching Excellence:

2014-15 Engaged Faculty Fellows for Teaching Excellence


Elizabeth AndersonElizabeth Anderson

Assistant Professor, early childhood education, Graduate School of Education

The Engaged Fellows program will support Elizabeth Anderson in building the capacity of early childhood education through interprofessional education and collaboration. By deepening and expanding her current engagement in the community, Anderson will refine existing partnerships between local early childhood programs and Binghamton University students to engage with issues that community members name as important. She also looks forward to networking with others and learning more about best practices for promoting and assessing student engagement.


Karen BarzmanKaren Barzman

Associate Professor, art history

Karen Barzman is interested in pursuing civic engagement and community-based pedagogy given her discipline's concern with architecture, urban studies and questions of space (including public space) and spatial practice. Previously, Barzman's students conducted research on Binghamton's Masonic Temple, collaborating with the Office of Economic Development and the Preservation Association of the Southern Tier (P.A.S.T.) as well as local Broome County historians. She will be creating a syllabus for a new interdisciplinary course on public space and "place-making" — both the history of place-making and its future in the city of Binghamton.


John ChengJohn Cheng

Assistant Professor, Asian and Asian American studies

John Cheng's goal for the Engaged Fellows program is to reconfigure a student digital/social media project entitled Race-ing Digital Culture which gives students the option to work with real-world organizations rather than learning as a purely intellectual exercise. One goal of the course is to counter utopian views of digital and social media that see new technology overcoming social dynamics and circumstances like race. He would like to expand the project to include additional racial minority groups and to allow cross-cultural/cross-racial comparisons. In addition, being a fellow will allow him to learn how to incorporate similar service-learning components into other courses.


Margaret DeckerMargaret Decker

Clinical Assistant Professor, Decker School of Nursing

Margaret Decker will be creating a new community-engaged course for undergraduate nursing students. Her students will collect oral histories from local residents to help practice interview skills relevant to future patient interaction. This project will also engage the community to help recognize and celebrate the rich local history of Binghamton.


Heather DeHaanHeather DeHaan

Associate Professor, history

As a fellow, Heather DeHaan will create a course designed to encourage students to think critically about cities — how cities have changed in the 19th and 20th century, how people make cities and how cities shape human identity, culture and behavior. The course will address how cities alter the environment; the economic, ecological and power relationships that shape relations between cities and hinterlands; and how human attitudes with regard to the "ideal city" have changed over time. Her students will examine first-hand the world of Greater Binghamton, its environs and the relationship of New York City to the natural and human communities of the Southern Tier.


Elizabeth A. MellinElizabeth A. Mellin

Associate Professor, PhD Program Director, College of Community and Public Affairs

As a fellow, Elizabeth Mellin will develop a course for the new doctoral program in CCPA. The course will bring together organizations and PhD students to develop and carry out engaged research that can make significant contributions to local communities. Mellin also aims to explore alternative career paths for PhD-trained scholars who are committed to engaged research.


Last Updated: 7/27/16