Learn more about teaching Service Learning (SL) and
Community-Engaged (CE) courses online for Fall 2020, as well as how to designate classes SL/CE, on our new
SL/CE Teaching Resources page.

 Faculty Testimonials 

"Why did you get involved in community-engaged teaching and research projects?" 

  • Tracey Burke
    Tracey Burke in office
    "By accident, I got handed this service-learning course, and I just started.  At first I tried some things that did not work out the way I had envisioned.  Now it is much smoother, and my students work with the Food Bank and do Food Stamp Outreach every semester, and I’ve added a Food Stamp Challenge on campus.” Associate Professor Tracey Burke participated in research for the 2005 Hunger Study and received the 2011 Selkregg Award to complete a qualitative research project on “a day in the life of” people in Anchorage who experience hunger.  A Community-Engaged Student Assistant (CESA) from CCEL helps Burke to implement and monitor her class project each semester.


  • Dorn Van Dommelen
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    “Service learning enabled me as a teacher to transition with students from ‘the world’s problems are too many and depressing’ to ‘the world’s problems are solvable!”

     Professor Dorn Van Dommelen teaches GEOG/INTL 101 and partnered with Heifer International using case studies.  He’s exploring other partnerships now and requires students to reach out to a community and present the problems and possible solutions suggested from the case studies to combat hunger. “It’s giving them something to do that’s more about changing the world . . . and my teaching too!”  Van Dommelen has a group of CESAs that assist in his multi-class project each year, and he has built a model to encourage student leadership.

  • Gabe Garcia
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    “I try to be very strategic and open up to communities things like the free seminar series for Filipino History Month, to create opportunities for students and faculty to participate too.  I try to work with organizations that satisfy my research interests but also meet a community need.”

    Assistant Professor Gabe Garcia has worked either himself or by mentoring graduate students with Anchorage United for Youth and The Urban League, in addition to the Copper River Health Center and several Asian Pacific Islander organizations.   Garcia was nominated for the 2011 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty.

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Our partnership portfolio showcases community partnerships between UAA faculty and surrounding communities, and we are always looking for new stories. Submit your project below to be featured!

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 Community Engaged Learning, Awards, and Research Opportunities


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