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Associate Dean for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning Denise Wilkinson has announced the 2017-18 recipients of Virginia Wesleyan College's Innovative Teaching and  Engaged Learning (INTEL) faculty grants. Congratulations to:

Takeyra Collins, Visiting Instructor for Recreation and Leisure Studies

Grant: Service-Learning: Increasing the Engagement & Knowledge of Learners beyond the Classroom

This project combines experiential learning through a structured service-learning experience that makes a broad impact on our community to enhance and increase engagement and knowledge of the learners beyond the classroom. The undergraduate students involved in the service learning aspect of the project will use the knowledge they’ve obtained within the curriculum of the classroom setting to further develop knowledge and skills, obtain experience working with young adults, and obtain various transferable skills. This project focuses on accommodating young adults with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) by engaging undergraduate students in an interactive service learning opportunity; where they are able to put their knowledge into practice while working with young adults with a chronic illness.

 Kathy Stolley, Professor of Sociology

 Grant: Faculty Field Trip: Mapping a Faculty Integrative Experience

 This project will include faculty “field trips” and integrative collaboration in which a group of faculty from across the curriculum will collaboratively produce an interdisciplinary field trip “map” for downtown Norfolk, accompanied by an integrated resource guide, to enrich the experience of visiting each destination and nurture integrative thinking.  The project goals are: to pilot a design that explores how we might more intentionally build, enhance, and encourage integrative thinking into our formal faculty development structure; to build and “test drive” an integrated local resource guide that can be used to support course enhancements for integrated learning; and to encourage community, collaboration, and purposeful integration among faculty.

Each grant provides up to $1,000 for a project that encourages and advances a culture of innovation and engaged learning-related activities.