Engaged Learning Series: Alicia Schatteman

Alicia Schatteman

Associate Professor Alicia Schatteman, from the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies and the Department of Public Administration, knows the importance of engaged learning.

Schatteman says engaged learning “creates a more interesting classroom experience by allowing me to link my research to teaching in a very tangible way while also actively engaging students.”

She noted that engaged learning has succeeded in her work because she’s been able to bring together area nonprofit organizations that have limited capacity with students who want real-world experience.

“I believe that nonprofit organizations have benefited from the work my students have done with them, to improve their own capacity and get a different perspective than what they might have on their staff and boards,” she says. “I also think students have benefited by testing ideas that we talk about in class, allowing them to apply textbook knowledge to real experiences.”

Join Schatteman, along with other faculty, staff and students for the first Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship Conference. This new event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, and uncovers and recognizes the faculty perspective of collaborations with students and community partners. Several faculty and staff will present on best practices in engaged learning, teaching and scholarship in the Holmes Student Center. All are welcome to attend; registration is open online.

Co-sponsors of the Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship Conference are the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning; the Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development; the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center; the College of Business Experiential Learning Center; and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, call 815-753-8154 or email rkersh@niu.edu.

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