Ball State professors win Indiana Campus Compact service-learning fellowships

Topics: Teachers College, College of Sciences and Humanities

September 5, 2007

Mark Malaby
Mark Malaby
Indiana Campus Compact (ICC) has selected two Ball State professors for its 2007-2008 Faculty Fellows program.

Judy Gray, an associate professor of social work who has worked with the Indiana Campus Compact for about 10 years, won her fellowship for the third time. Mark Malaby, assistant professor of social foundations of education, won for the first time. Malaby and Gray will join the 12th class of fellows and receive $5,000 grants funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc.

Malaby plans to use his grant to develop partnerships between Ball State's Teachers College and Muncie Community Schools as well as libraries and businesses.

"I was surprised by what I saw as something of a disconnect between our teacher education program and interaction with the schools and districts, especially in my classes," Malaby said. "The ICC grant allows me to teach in a more progressive fashion by making more of the class take place in service to the community, which is important to me."

Gray plans to use activities such as poverty simulations and collaboration with Teamwork for Quality Living to build awareness of poverty in Muncie and to work toward the elimination of poverty.

"The students are a resource to the community, and the community is a resource to the students," Gray said. "It makes the learning come alive, and it makes teaching more vital and interesting. It also gives me the opportunity to be of service to the community, which I love. And to me that's a very important aspect of being a professor and being a social worker."

Indianapolis-based ICC is an organization of state colleges and universities that promotes service learning, a teaching method in which students perform services in the community.

Faculty Fellows collaborate on projects to promote service learning in Indiana and assemble portfolios to showcase their service-learning work on campus. This year, in addition to working on individual projects, all the fellows will write and edit a book titled "Quick Hits for Service Learning," which will contain essays about implementing service learning in the classroom.

For more information, contact Gray at 765-285-1012 or jgray2@bsu.edu and Malaby at 765- 285-5480 or mmalaby@bsu.edu.

By Alaric DeArment
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