Missouri S&T Symposium
Service Learning

September 28, 2017
9:00am - 1:00pm
St. Pat's Ballroom C - Havener Center

RSVP by September 20, 2017 to Dedie Wilson


Keynote Speaker, Dr. Daniel Oerther
Professor of Environmental Health Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Title: My Journey from Service Learning to Community-Based Participatory Research

Brief abstract: The pedagogy of service learning combines improved student knowledge with the practiced behaviors of volunteerism, internships, and field education.  Community-Based Participatory Research (CBRP) includes an equitable partnership among community members, organizational representatives and researchers resulting in a sharing of power, resources, credit, results, and knowledge.  As I’ve blended my professional practice of environmental health engineering with my scholarship in teaching and learning, I’ve increasingly relied upon CBPR approaches to promote sustainability in partnerships that outlast the initial participants.  This presentation will compare service learning and CBPR to highlight the long-term benefits of both approaches - acting local to global - to create a better world, protect human health, and promote environmental stewardship.

Bio: Professor Daniel B. Oerther joined Missouri S&T in 2010 as the John A. and Susan Mathes Chair of Environmental Engineering.  Currently, he is a Professor of Environmental Health Engineering at S&T and a Senior Science Advisor in the Office of the Secretary at the United States Department of State.  Dan’s recent awards include the 2015 Steven K. Dentel Award for Global Outreach from the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), the 2016 Superior Achievement Award for “Improved Water Quality in Ixcan, Guatemala,” from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES), the 2017 Frederick George Pohland Medal awarded jointly by AEESP and AAEES for, “sustained and outstanding efforts to bridge environmental engineering research, education, and practice,” and mostly recently the 2017 President’s Award For Cross-Cultural Engagement from the University of Missouri System for, “promoting cross-cultural engagement through education, research, and service."

Faculty who are interested in incorporating service learning
into their courses are encouraged to attend.