The Community Engaged Faculty: An Education Process

By Diana Krajewski Lockwood, Jeffrey Lockwood, Elvia R. Krajewski-Jaime and Peggy Wiencek.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This article describes a program and evaluation results of community engagement activities conducted by faculty from a comprehensive university located in a Midwest area of the United States. An exploration is presented concerning university faculty’s struggle in reconciling the tension between the cognitive and affective dimensions experienced when involved in community building efforts. The reconciliation of the affective dimension of growing up in a society and an academic culture that stresses individualism, autonomy, expertise and authority, is analyzed and compared with the cognitive dimension involved in an education approach that stresses partnership, equal power of decision making, and recognition and acceptance of the knowledge, richness, and experience brought about by non-degreed community partners.

Keywords: Community Engagement, Civic Engagement, Faculty and Community Engagement, Community Building, Community Outreach

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.87-96. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 746.283KB).

Diana Krajewski Lockwood

Teacher, Education, Eastern Michigan University, Atlanta, USA

Diana Lockwood currently teaches at a public school in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Her professional interests include teaching and research in multicultural education. She has conducted research at the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities at Eastern Michigan University, has presented results of her research at several conferences in Michigan and Georgia, and has published numerous newspaper articles. She holds a Baccalaureate degree in Written Communication and Imaginative Writing with a minor in Political Science from Eastern Michigan University, a Master’s degree in American Literature from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, and a Master’s degree in Education from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jeffrey Lockwood

Student, School of Education, Eastern Michigan University, Atlanta, USA

Jefffrey Lockwood has a baccalaureate degree in Creative Writing from Eastern Michigan University, where he is pursuing a post-baccalaureate degree and a certification in Education. His work has involved teaching culturally diverse adolescents with special needs, and is currently conducting his teaching internship at Atlanta Public Schools. His interests include teaching and research with adolescents in multicultural communities.

Dr. Elvia R. Krajewski-Jaime

Professor, School of Social Work, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA

Dr. Elvia R. Krajewski, is professor of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University. Her professional interests include practice and research in gerontology, medical social work, and civic engagement and community building with a focus on cultural competence. She has directed the School of Social Work, the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities, the Center for Community Building and Civic Engagement and most recently, the Social Work Graduate Program. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in Social Administration from Temple University, and a doctoral degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.

Prof. Peggy Wiencek

Applied Research Center Director, Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA

Prof. Wiencek is Director of the Applied Research Center of the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities at Eastern Michigan University. She holds an undergraduate and a Master’s degree in Sociooogy from Eastern Michigan University.

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