Profs Present Research at Conference

Four Humboldt State faculty members presented their research theories, designs, and results to more than 200 attendees at the first CSU Community-Based Teaching and Research Conference: Creating Knowledge and Building Community on March 3 and 4 at California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Jane Holschuh, associate professor of social work and a member of HSU's Service Learning Faculty Fellows program, presented "Implementing a Community Survey on Attitudes about Homeless Services," based on her community research with the Arcata Homeless Services Plan Task Force.

Tasha Howe, assistant professor of psychology, also a service learning faculty fellow, presented "Service Learning Involving Children: Guidelines for Success, Plus an Empirical Examination of Two Courses," based on her experimentation with service learning pedagogy for her Psychology 213: The School-Age Child course.

Claire Knox, a professor in the child development department and a service learning faculty fellow, presented "Co-Educational Roles: Finding Common Ground with Community Partners," based on her grant-funded research engaging and surveying HSU's community partners in regional forums to improve campus-community partnerships.

Judith Little, sociology chairwoman, service learning fellow, and a Service Learning Faculty Mentor coordinator, presented "Learning Survey Development by Creating Surveys for Community Partners," based on work with a variety of community partners, including the Arcata Endeavor.

Service Learning Coordinator Annie Bolick-Floss, who also attended the conference, said: "The increasing interest in service learning and its impact on students and communities provides important research opportunities for faculty who utilize service learning in their courses. It's extremely exciting that Humboldt State's faculty members are at the forefront of this growing movement toward community-based teaching and research."

The HSU Service Learning Center provided partial funding for all four of Humboldt State's engaged scholars to attend the groundbreaking conference, which drew participants from all 23 schools in the CSU system, the CSU chancellor's office, and a variety of other public and private institutions across the nation.