Dr. Joan Gluch, Director of Community Health, has been recognized for her leadership in community outreach as one of ten finalists for the Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning. This highly competitive award is presented annually by the Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 900 colleges and universities that promotes community-service learning and community-campus partnerships. The award honors faculty members for contributing to the integration of community or public service into the curriculum and for efforts to institutionalize service-learning. The recipient and finalists are selected by an external review committee from a national pool of nominees.
Dr. Gluch was nominated by Dr. Ira Harkavy, Director of Penn’s Center for Community Partnerships and the 2002 recipient of the Ehrlich Award, named in honor Thomas Ehrlich, a past chair of the Campus Compact executive committee and a leader in advancing service-learning in higher education; during his time as Penn Provost (1981-1987), Dr. Ehrlich was instrumental in laying the foundation for the strong community-campus partnerships between Penn and West Philadelphia.
“Joan has made an important intellectual contribution to the field, transforming clinical and field work and mandatory community service into a high quality, integrated, four-year program that improves the teaching of core dentistry skills while making a genuine, positive impact upon Penn’s West Phil adelphia community,” says Dr. Harkavy. “Moreover, she has been instrumental in building Penn Dental Medicine’s community service capacity.”
The Ehrlich Award presentation will take place at the Educators for Community Engagement National Gathering, June 17 to 19 in Berea, KY. The finalists and the award recipient will be honored at this meeting and also conduct poster presentations and discussions on their community work.
The other finalists selected include Karen Bojar of Community College of Philadelphia; John Eby of Messiah College; Marlene Groomes of Miami Dade Community College; Pamela Kiser of Elon University; Margarita Lenk of Colorado State University; Marybeth Lima of Louisiana State University; David Scobey of University of Michigan; Dayle Smith, of University of San Francisco; and Mark Warren of Harvard University. This year’s Ehrlich Award winner is Richard Eberst, Professor of Health and Human Ecology at California State University, San Bernadino.
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