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Three on MC faculty receive grants

for service learning projects


Three Manchester College faculty members will use $3,000 scholarships from Indiana Campus Compact to promote service learning on college campuses. Dr. Ingrid N. Rogers, Dr. Kim A. Duchane and Dr. Russell G. Coulter-Kern received the Scholarship of Engagement faculty grants for spring semester programs.

The work of these faculty members highlights Manchester College’s continued dedication to its Mission Statement, which is based on Church of the Brethren roots in faith, learning and service.  

     Professor Rogers’ grant will support an “English as a Second Language” (ESL) program at the North Manchester Learn More Center, where student volunteers in her Spanish 102 course will help Mexican immigrants learn English.

     “The ESL class provides a valuable service to all involved,” said Rogers, who also teaches German. “For the larger community, the language training helps integrate Mexican residents, allowing for greater cross-cultural understanding and acceptance. For the college students, the volunteer work will improve their language proficiency and be formative in their development as future leaders and good citizens.”

     Both Duchane and Coulter-Kern will use their grants to create a system for evaluating the effectiveness of service learning projects like Rogers’ ESL program. Duchane, an associate professor of health and physical education, will draw on evaluations from college and university educators, students and community partners. He also will research barriers between community partners and faculty trying to implement service-learning projects.

Coulter-Kern, an associate professor of psychology, is working collaboratively with a faculty member from Ball State University and students in his MC January session course, Psychological Tests and Measurements. Together, they will develop and partially validate a scale to measure service learning on college campuses. His portion of the scale focuses on faculty and administrators’ evaluations of issues related to implementing service learning at Manchester College.

“After the scale has been fully validated, it can be taken and administered on other college campuses” Coulter-Kern said. “Because service learning is becoming an important part of accreditation, other colleges and universities will increasingly implement it into their courses.”

Indiana Campus Compact, funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., is a consortium of 31 universities and colleges united to promote service learning and community involvement.

Manchester College faculty members have received a total of $24,000 in grant funding from Indiana Campus Compact for the current academic year, continuing an outstanding record of  developing and promoting service-learning programs.  Manchester faculty members have received 26 fellowships or grants from ICC in the past five years.


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