Shawn Gerwig, Administrative Coordinator
Shawn is responsible for the daily running of the offices of the McKeen Center. Providing administrative support for the Center director, staff, students and faculty working with community service and community-based teaching/research programs, her primary responsibilities include management of the departmental budget and finances, event coordination, oversight of the departmental web pages, development of office publications, and general public relations.
Shawn was raised with the idea of community participation and service as part of her everyday life – giving whatever you can - no matter how little. Mostly through informal and unorganized service, she and her family regularly helped elderly neighbors and fellow church congregants in whatever way they needed. Currently Shawn is the chair of the board for Family Focus, an non-profit organization committed to providing affordable community-based services (childcare, special needs programming, information and referral, parenting support and education) for families with children in the Midcoast area. She also participates regularly in service projects directed through First Parish Church.
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Nancy Jennings, Senior Faculty Fellow
Nancy Jennings serves as Senior Faculty Fellow at the McKeen Center while chairing and teaching in the Education Department. She also advises independent study projects that involve community-based research in Maine schools. At the Center, Nancy participates actively with staff in planning and programming that connects the Center’s work to the academic program. Along with Janice Jaffe, she is co-chairing a working group that is examining faculty public engagement in their research and teaching.
Prior to coming to Bowdoin, Nancy taught in K-12 public schools in Illinois and Minnesota. She has done research on educational reform in rural schools of poverty in Michigan, South Carolina and Maine. Stemming from her work in Maine, Nancy helped develop Bowdoin’s Island School Project that connects Bowdoin education students to high school students and teachers in one of three Maine island communities. Her recent research focuses on students’ transition to college and their academic and social development while in college. This work is in collaboration with other researchers from seven liberal arts college called the New England Consortium on Assessment and Student Learning. Nancy is particularly interested in looking at the role civic engagement plays in students’ academic engagement and sense of well-being.
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Andrew Lardie, Associate Director for Service and Leadership
Andrew oversees our co-curricular service programs, including the Alternative Break program, student volunteer groups, and annual service events such as Common Good Day. He also works with our Assistant Director, Nhi Nguyen, on our youth and education programming and will be the primary contact for students exploring community engagement opportunities and for community partners seeking to work with our students.
Andrew has been an educator and mentor for ten years, and is passionate about using education to promote a more just and democratic society. He has taught K-12 math and science in Maine and Georgia, and worked in Admissions for highly selective liberal arts colleges. He completed his BA in Biology at Reed College and his Master of Arts in Teaching at Emory University.
Some of Andrew's interests include quantitative and media literacies, hiking, music history, audio production, and mindfulness meditation. He has lived in 5 US states and is excited to be settling into midcoast Maine with his wife Margaret Boyle, Assistant Professor in Spanish, and family.
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