Campus: CSU Chico -- May 01, 2002
CSU Chico Educator Is Finalist for National Service-Learning
Teresa Davis, professor in the Department of Professional Studies in
Education, California State University, Chico, has been selected as
one of 10 finalists for the 2001 Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service
The national award is sponsored by Campus Compact, a coalition of more
than 800 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes
of higher education. The highly competitive service-learning award recognizes
and honors one faculty member each year for contributing to the integration
of community or public service into the university curriculum.
As a finalist, Davis will be included in the Ehrlich Award brochure,
and her efforts to institutionalize service learning will be profiled
in the "Campus Compact Current," a national newsletter.
Davis has been a member of the Professional Studies in Education faculty
for eight years. She is currently the coordinator of the Concurrent
Program, which prepares teachers for special education certification
as well as general education credentials. The program, which Davis helped
to develop, has been awarded U.S. Department of Education funding support
because of its unique design and the quality of the faculty.
One of her many service-learning projects was cooperating with a local
conservation group in the creation of a laboratory and P-12 service-learning
activities program for a local wilderness area. She was asked to help
create a Service-Learning Steering Committee at CSU, Chico and became
one of six Service-Learning Resource Faculty. Resource faculty mentor
other faculty in service-learning curriculum development.
"Terri Davis has played a major role in the introduction of community
service-learning into teacher education at the national, state and local
levels," said Byron Jackson, vice provost for academic affairs
and service-learning coordinator. "She is a tireless worker and
is influential on so many levels in promoting service learning."
She has been the project director for two national service-learning
grants, which have helped develop curriculum in her department. She
has published a video on service learning as pedagogy. She has worked
with other national leaders in producing policy documents. Her work
is contained in the Corporation for National Service and the American
Association of Colleges for Teacher Education publication, "Service
Learning in Teacher Education: Enhancing the Growth of New Teachers,
Their Students, and Communities."
Davis has been actively involved in the study and use of service learning
within the teacher preparation programs since 1994. Approximately 500
teacher education candidates have participated in service-learning activity
in either undergraduate prerequisite course work or during the fifth-year
credential program because of her advocacy.
CONTACT: Kathleen McPartland, 530-898-4260