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Five Named Inaugural Civic Engagement Faculty Fellows

Northwestern faculty honored for their community-focused learning initiatives

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December 3, 2012 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern’s Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) and The Graduate School have appointed five faculty members from diverse schools, programs and disciplines within the University as the first Center for Civic Engagement Faculty Fellows.

The five were chosen for their established records of civic engagement and their plans to develop new projects that reflect key goals of the University’s strategic plan -- enhancing engaged learning opportunities across the curriculum and connecting to the community-at-large.

CCE faculty fellows receive monetary grants as well as program and administration support from the Center for Civic Engagement to develop and enhance engaged learning projects.

The new faculty fellows are:

Jack Doppelt, professor of journalism at Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. Doppelt is working on several immigration-focused initiatives, including a pilot multimedia project on the effects of immigration policy on youth.

James Farr, professor and chair of political science in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and director of Chicago Field Studies. As director of Chicago Field Studies, Farr helps students explore the broader community of Chicago and Evanston through one-quarter academic internship programs.

Maud Hickey, associate professor of music education in the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music. Hickey created AMPED, Arts and Music Programs for Education in Detention Center, which brings together Northwestern student mentors and juveniles in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center to work on music composition projects.

D. Soyini Madison, professor and chair of performance studies in the School of Communication, is staging a performance based on “Never a City So Real,” this year’s One Book One Northwestern selection. Madison also is leading a series of training workshops on community-based approaches to performance.

Ingrid Zeller, distinguished senior lecturer of German in Weinberg. A docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Zeller is organizing language immersion experiences in Chicago immigrant communities to expose students to the cultural and linguistic diversity of the city.

“By integrating their academic expertise with community engagement and public awareness, these inaugural faculty fellows represent the best of Northwestern,” said Dan Lewis, Center for Civic Engagement director.

The Center for Civic Engagement and The Graduate School expect to appoint additional fellows this academic year.

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