Engagement with External Community Partners

Grant County Economic Growth Council

The Growth Council has been hosting the I-69 Collegiate Innovation Challenge for ten years, and invited Ivy Tech to participate for the first time in 2017. I recruited our top students to attend the event, and joined them there as a faculty advisor. The collaboration produced outstanding workmanship and camaraderie, and the students were able to showcase their abilities to a panel of judges. I am taking a second team of students in 2018.

Indiana Campus Compact

I received a grant from Indiana Campus Compact to research service learning so I could design a service-learning course—including a sample syllabus, sample assignments, and sample lectures—that could be used by other instructors of English Composition. (View full course here.)

Credit Counts

Marion Community Schools received a grant to benefit the Credit Counts Program through Ivy Tech Community College. Through this grant, I was recruited to assist at the STEM summer camp at Mcculloch Junior High School.

United Way of Grant County

Whenever I teach a service-learning course, I invite the Executive Director of United Way to my classroom as a guest speaker so she can inspire the students to volunteer and empower them to find opportunities that fit their skills and interests. (View letter of partnership here.)

Indiana Faith and Writing Conference

When Wesleyan Publishing House decided to let go of their writing conference, they asked me to take ownership so that I could keep it vibrant and active. I approached Anderson University, where I was serving as an adjunct professor, and pitched the idea of their co-owning the event with me. A small team from the English department caught the vision, and we won a grant for $25,000 to re-establish the event. The English Department was the host of The Indiana Faith and Writing Conference, and I served as Director. I created and managed the budget, developed a theme, and recruited an extensive list of speakers (keynote speakers, agents, authors, and acquisitions editors). I developed and administered a publicity plan, managed the details of planning the event, hired and managed student interns and various volunteers—and ultimately launched a highly successful academic and literary writing conference. I continued running the conference during my first year at Ivy Tech, but had to bow out of the responsibility to focus on my new job.