Faculty Fellows


Leadership and Community Service-Learning is proud to work with faculty members in a variety of disciplines as they explore how to engage in service-learning in the classroom. Each year, a number of faculty fellows join us and attend workshops and training about service-learning pedagogy. This collaboration results in the development of new courses or the revision of current courses that incorporate service-learning in powerful ways.

Listed below are the 2013 Stamp Service-Learning Faculty Fellows. 

Matthew Aruch

Matthew Aruch is the Assistant Director of the College Park Scholars Science, Technology, and Society Program and a doctoral student in International Education Policy. His service-learning course is CPSP 249T – STS Serves!  Robotics Service-Learning Practicum. Students lead and participate in during and after-school robotics clubs in several Prince Georges County schools.   Students use Lego Mindstorm Robotics kits to engage younger students and work with high school FIRST robotics teams. In framing the course, students reflect on the social, cultural, and economic contexts of STEM at the local, national, and international levels and the recent dialogue regarding STEM education in public schools. They also explore and reflect on the various relationships between college students, UMD and its neighboring communities.

Carolyn Molden Fink

Dr. Carolyn Molden Fink is an Instructor/Lecturer in Special Education at UMD since 1993. She has led youth mission trips for 15 years. The course she designed through the Fellows program is EDSP 498 – Disability in Community: Access, Accommodation, Adaptation. This Spring 2014 course if for special education majors and nonmajors who want to explore working with and for people with disabilities in a variety of settings: schools, nonprofit, advocacy, governmental.  Two components of this course involve working directly in the community through 1) groups: project with an organization that directly serves adults with disabilities and 2) individuals: with on or off campus groups involved with disabilities. In both cases, students will produce a Universal Design for Living/Learning plan.  The course content is also designed to improve students’ awareness of disabilities as part of historic civil rights movements and as current cultural zeitgeist.

Leah D. Kreimer

Leah Kreimer is Assistant Director for Student Engagement in the Gemstone Program. During the Fellows program, she redesigned the mandatory Introductory Gemstone course, GEMS 100, to include a ten-hour service-learning requirement. Students self-select a service-learning site where they compete their hours over the course of three months. Students may elect to serve as many hours as they like beyond the requirement. Students also engage in reflection through class discussions and journaling. In their reflections, students explore the relationship between service and research as they consider possible research topics for their Gemstone projects.

Kristin LaRiviere

Kristin LaRiviere is Assistant Director of Smith Fellows Programs in the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Through the Fellows program, she developed BMGT 298F: Global Mindset Colloquium, to be taught in Fall 2014. Through this service-learning course, students in the new Global Minds Program in the Smith School will explore the necessity and development of a global mindset, as well as learn how to apply global-mindset techniques and practices to address real-world business situations in an ethical and community-oriented manner.

Malaika Marable Serrano

Malaika Serrano is the Assistant Director of the Global Communities Program. The course she developed through the program is BGSC 338D: Global Service in the Dominican Republic, which she will teach in Winter 2015. Each day, students will engage in one of two different types of service-learning projects: education and environmental conservation. They will meet for reflection at the end of each day. In addition, evening seminars will focus on various aspects of Dominican culture, including Dominican-Haiti relations, food, traditions, salsa/merengue lessons, and an excursion to 27 Charcos. Students will stay with host families, which will maximize cross-cultural skill building opportunities.


Listed below are the 2012 Stamp Service-Learning Faculty Fellows with links to their courses.

Judith Freidenberg

Dr. Judith Freidenberg is a public and applied anthropologist who joined the Anthropology Department in 1995. Her areas of interest include the United States, Argentina, and U.S. Nationals Abroad. Her academic emphasis is with applied health research, international immigration, ethnography, museum scholarship, and aging. She founded The Immigrant Life Course Research Program (ILCRP) in 2000, which has been effective in establishing partnerships with community organizations to encourage University of Maryland student service learning in conjunction with the Ethnology of the Immigrant Life Course taught by Dr. Freidenberg.

Fall 2012 Service-Learning Course:  BSGC 398L / ANTH 368L:  Ethnology of the Immigrant Life

Courselink - http://www.anthropologyoftheimmigrantlifecourse.org/about.html

Elizabeth Gillan

Elizabeth Gillan serves as the Assistant Director of the Environment, Technology & Economy Program of College Park Scholars, a living-learning community for freshman and sophomore students. Her background is in environmental science and policy, with a particular emphasis on how individuals relate to the natural world on a personal level. To this end, she is designing a blended service-learning and research course that will focus on island sustainability issues and the implications for island residents, which will be centered around the Smith Island, Maryland community.

This Spring 2013 College Park Scholars Advanced Practicum course will fulfill the Scholarship in Practice General Education requirement:

Courselink - http://scholars.umd.edu/programs/ete/curriculum

Nicole Horvath

Nicole Horvath is the Program Coordinator for the Integrated Life Sciences Program and is also pursuing a Masters Degree in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology with a focus on Sustainability Education.  As part of the 2012 Stamp Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program, Nicole has integrated a substantial service-learning component in HLSC 100 course, Developing Life Scientists for the Global Good. This small group, service-learning course focuses on the resources available to UMD students as well as three important facets of the life sciences: the social determinants of health, sustainability and STEM education. Students also participate in an ongoing service-learning experience where they work with an organization that focuses on addressing the needs of the local community.

Courselink to ILS listing- HLSC 100 description and syllabus is available at http://www.ils.umd.edu/academics/courses

Marybeth Shea

Marybeth Shea teaches in the Professional Writing Program in the English Department, with an emphasis on science, environment, and other technical writing courses. For the 2012 Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program, Marybeth is piloting ways to infuse service-learning practices across the range of PWP courses taught in this department, which seats about 3,200 students each semester.

Courselinks - 


Jack Sullivan

Dr. Jack Sullivan is Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.  He is a licensed landscape architect in Maryland and Massachusetts.  The service-learning course Dr. Sullivan designed through the 2012 Stamp Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program will explore the potential relationships between University of Maryland students and a community of men who are surviving the effects of the HIV virus through sustained medical treatment and reliable community support. Formerly homeless and once considered hopelessly lost to the ravages of AIDS, these men share a mutual residence and a mutual ambition for a greatly improved quality of life. As these men face the prospect of a longer life expectancy and the opportunity to fully contribute to society, they seek ways to heal—both physically and psychologically—through spiritual enrichment and productive work. The planning and making of a new garden (where none presently exists) will offer this community the chance to explore their future through the media of plants and other garden materials. Both students and residents will earn a heightened awareness of their environment through the change of seasons and weather conditions, and new connections to the cosmic and terrestrial influences in our lives.

Courselink - LARC 489C: A Garden for Cornerstone: Service-Learning and Community Engagement (Course for Spring 2013 - no link available currently)