Teaching and Student Engagement

Photo Credit: William Keller

CAMP program participants at William Allen High School focusing on the college application process.

Teaching and Student Engagement

My courses and collaborations with students seek to simultaneously cultivate their intellectual curiosity and their civic responsibility.  Where possible, I  incorporate community-based research and service learning into course assignments in order to develop students’ research and  critical reasoning skills.

The Lehigh Valley Research Consortium and College Admissions Mentoring Programs are two entities, co-created with colleagues from neighboring higher education institutions, that consciously engage college students in their community.

Lehigh Valley Research Consortium

The LVRC provides undergraduate and graduate students the chance for hands-on research experience in ongoing studies studies and enhances opportunities for both interdisciplinary and cross-institutional collaboration. LVRC serves as a connection point among faculty members of multiple institutions that may share similar research interests with no vehicles for collaboration on local projects. University participation in local issues also creates possibilities for community members to build relations with faculty and participate in LVRC events held on local college campuses, while also providing opportunities for academics to get involved in community agencies and events.

College Admissions Mentoring Program

This year long program connects William Allen High School students with students from 3 LVAIC institutions (Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, and Muhlenberg College) who help them explore college options, identify career and educational interests, complete the college admission process, and identify and prepare scholarship and financial aid applications. The program provides one on one, small group, and peer support.    College faculty provide support for mentoring groups and to ensure progress towards college planning.

Courses Taught

Inequality and Public Policy

Research Methods in Political Science

Introduction to American National Government

The Politics of Poverty

Public Administration