Janice Jaffe, Interim Director

Janice Jaffe, Interim Director

As Interim Director, Janice works with students, faculty, and local agencies to develop and strengthen partnerships that enhance student learning through community-engaged research while fostering mutually beneficial ties between the campus and community. She assists students to connect their work in communities to their academic passions and skills and to link their international work to the local context of Maine through the oversight of the Community Matters in Maine Summer Fellowships and the Global Citizens Grant, as well as Seeking the Common Good series of public events.  Janice provides support to faculty interested in linking their research and teaching to local communities, as well as to students doing community-engaged independent research.

Contact Janice at jjaffe@bowdoin.edu

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Shawn Gerwig, Administrative Coordinator

Shawn Gerwig, Administrative Coordinator

The Administrative Coordinator, 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 a board member for Family Focus, an 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. On campus, Shawn is particularly interested in inviting Bowdoin staff to take advantage of the resources of the McKeen Center.

Contact Shawn at sgerwig@bowdoin.edu

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Will Horne '14, Program Coordinator

Will joins us for the fall 2014 semester. He brings his experience in mentoring, global volunteering, and teaching to the McKeen Center to support and counsel its numerous student leaders - many of whom run programs in the Bowdoin Volunteer Corps groups addressing these very issues he’s familiar with. He is also spearheading a process of reflection for students returning from volunteer opportunities abroad, directing them towards constructive modes of contemplation and encouraging them to further cultivate the skills engendered during these formative experiences. Such skills may include, for example, critical thinking about one's impact on others and one's place in the world, respect for cultural diversity, a desire to understand reality over perception, interpersonal empathy, and leadership. He also encourages them to connect these experiences to their academic lives here at Bowdoin, whether through independent work or in classes of relevant subject matter.

Will majored in Religion and Psychology at Bowdoin and is currently pursuing a career in education. He first took interest in this field through his work at Bowdoinham Community School. Having now taught in South Africa, Thailand, and most recently his hometown, Denver, with the organization Breakthrough Collaborative, he is weighing the prospects of numerous paths into the teaching profession. Beyond education, his interests include traveling, hiking, reading, meditating, and camping -- passions which certainly contributed to his return back to Maine.

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Nancy Jennings

Nancy Jennings

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.

Contact Nancy at njenning@bowdoin.edu

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Andrew Lardie, Associate Director for Service and Leadership

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.

Contact Andrew at alardie@bowdoin.edu

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Nhi Nguyen, Assistant Director

Nhi helps connect Bowdoin students to community partners and opportunities in the community.  Her primary responsibilities include overseeing Bowdoin’s school-based mentoring groups, the America Reads and Counts tutoring program, the Common Good Grant program, Community Immersion Orientation Trips, and Aspirations in Maine programming. Nhi also co-advises the 32 student-led service groups that make up the Bowdoin Volunteer Corps.

Contact Nhi at nnguyen@bowdoin.edu

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Sarah Seames, Director (on leave Fall 2014)

Sarah Seames, Director (on leave Fall 2014)

Sarah works with students, faculty, staff, and community partners to foster collaboration between the College and communities in ways that augment student learning and benefit the public good. In addition to directing the Center, Sarah facilitates campus discussions on privilege, manages the Center's alumni network, and coordinates the Leading for the Common Good student development series.  Her professional interests include meaningful dialogue facilitation and reflection as a tool to connect experience and learning. Sarah currently serves on the Family Selection Committee of Habitat for Humanity / 7 Rivers Maine and the Volunteer Engagement Advisory Committee for the United Way of Mid Coast Maine.

Sarah’s interest in civic engagement and public policy and her experience with non-profit organizations inform her daily work with students. Before coming to Bowdoin, Sarah coordinated community service programs at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and promoted student civic engagement at the state level in her work with the New Hampshire and Maine Campus Compacts. Nationally, Sarah has served as a Youth Engaged in Service (YES) Ambassador for the Points of Light Foundation, based in Washington, D.C. Sarah completed her Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School for Public Service, where her capstone research focused on connections between student socio-economic status, working while at college, and participation in campus activities.

Contact Sarah at sseames@bowdoin.edu

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