College Faculty Recognized for Leadership in Community Service
Ohio Campus Compact, a non-profit membership organization of 47 Ohio colleges and universities has announced the recipients of the 2012 David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service. The Award honors the outstanding work in service-learning and/or civic engagement by a faculty or staff member at an Ohio Campus Compact member institution.
University of Mount Union
Professor Pogacnik developed the first service-learning pedagogy within the Accounting program at the University of Mount Union. She and her students have dedicated many hours of service to community partners including the Alliance Pregnancy Centers, Interfaith Child Development Centers and Catholic Charities. She has gone above and beyond the teaching of accounting by captivating her students to reach out to the community and teach the art of financial literacy.
Tracy Loye Masterson, Ph.D.
John Carroll University
Dr. Masterson has developed and taught five service learning courses, including a new course based on the autism spectrum. In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Masterson also founded a partnership with the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism to allow service-based internships for John Carroll students. She has mentored young faculty with a goal to promote the use of service pedagogy. With her knowledge and background as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Masterson has experienced great success in providing the utmost support to her students to work in their setting. Most students are often working with individuals with clinically significant psychological problems or individual who have experienced trauma. She is a true inspiration both on and off of the campus with her commitment to community service.
“Recipients of the Ohio Campus Compact David Hoch award demonstrate in their teaching the practice of educating the whole person. They prepare students not only for success in academics and the world of work, but also as actively engaged citizens in the democracy,” Richard Kinsley, Executive Director of Ohio Campus Compact
The award is named for the late David Hoch, the Dean of Honors at the University of Toledo, who served as the Director of Service Learning for OCC from 1999-2005. Hoch was instrumental in initiating and nurturing the role of civic engagement at the University of Toledo, not only in the Honors Program, but in residence life and other departments as well. His guidance helped grow not only the academic service-learning, but also the student-led community service, and the presidential emphasis on broader civic engagement.
Ohio Campus Compact is a statewide non-profit network of 47 college and university presidents and their campuses working to promote and develop the civic purposes of higher education. Hosted by Denison University in Granville, Ohio Campus Compact provides statewide leadership in mobilizing resources, services, and partnerships that strengthen Ohio colleges and universities’ capacity to educate students for civic and social responsibility and to improve community life.