Service Learning

While I have taught at Bowdoin since 1986 and have tried to engage Bowdoin students with the local community, it wasn't until I attended the 2000 Problem-Based Service-Learning (PBSL) Institute sponsored by Maine Campus Compact that I saw a way to consistently and effectively form and nurture links between the campus and the community. The PBSL work done by Bowdoin students in these courses involves them in the community at the same time as they are working toward the learning goals I have set for them.

What is Problem-Based Service-Learning? Click here for a working definition

My training in PBSL

  • Problem Based Service Learning Institute , instructed by Rick Gordon of Antioch College and Rick Foley of Keene State College - June 5-7, 2000
  • Faculty Consultant Training Program, instructed by Edward Zlotkowski and John Saltmarsh of the National Campus Compact - May 23-24, 2002
  • Civic Engagement Workshop, trainer Rick Battistoni of Providence College - May 22, 2003
  • "The Engaged Department," facilitated by Edward Zlotkowski of the National Campus Compact - Sept. 8 & 9, 2003
  • Engaged Department Institute at Project Shine/Temple University, shadowing John Saltmarsh, National Campus Compact, Rick Battistoni, Providence College and Sherril Gelmon, Portland State University - March 18-21, 2004

PBSL Consultancies and Presentations

  • Science Faculty at University of Maine at Machias - May 20, 2003
  • Problem Based Service Learning Institute (with Barbara Rich, University of Southern Maine) - June 4,5,&6 2003 click here for info on the 2004 PBSL institute
  • Geology Department at University of Maine at Farmington - July 8, 2003
  • "Introduction to Service Learning" at the Northeastern Regional Campus Compact Conference (with Linda Gabrielson, Southern Maine Community College) - April 15, 2004
  • Faculty at Keene State College, Keene, NH - May 12, 2004
  • Problem-Based Service-Learning Institute (2003) Followup - May 20, 2004
  • The Northern New England Faculty Consulting Program - June 8, 2004
  • Engaged Department Institute - June 14 & 15, 2004

The Maine Campus Compact currently funds programs for professional development of college and university faculty and staff in the area of service learning click here to learn more