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Institute for Engaged Learning

The Mission of the Institute for Engaged Learning is to develop, coordinate and promote accessible, transformational, high-impact educational opportunities within and beyond the traditional classroom and curricula. 

Steering Committee Members:

Sherill Anderson - Second Yr Experience Coordinator

Leah Barrett - Associate VP for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs

Heidi Byrne - Associate Professor, KSSPE; Chair of Academic Internship SubCommittee

Doug Collier - Associate Professor, KSSPE; Chair Effectiveness and Best Practices Committee

Laurie B. Cook - Assoc Prof Biology; Director of the Institute for Engaged Learning

Jack Cook - Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Dale Hartnett - Interim Program Administrator CELT; Chair of Service Learning SubCommittee

Donna Kowal - Associate Professor and Director of the Honors College

Lindsay Lau - Assistant Director of International Education

Elizabeth Lenz - Assistant Professor, KSSPE

Amy McNulty - Student Organization Coordinator/Student Union and Activities

Susan Orr - Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies

Kim Piatt - Assistant Director of Community Development

Karen Podsiadly - Director of Community Development

Monique Rew-Bigelow - Coordinator of Living & Learning Communities

Adam Rich - Associate Professor of Biology; Chair of Undergraduate Research SubCommittee

Jamie Spiller - Asst Provost of Research & Scholarship and Dean of the Graduate School

Nancy Washer - Lecturer and Associate Director of Delta College

 Jill Wesley - Director of Career Services

James Witnauer - Assistant Professor of Psychology

Jie Zhang - Associate Professor of Education and Human Development


Engaged Learning Initiatives

Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Undergraduate research is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the discipline under the mentorship of a Brockport faculty member.  All summer research students are invited to participate!  Through the generosity of the Brockport Foundation, the College sponsors eligible students to work with faculty mentors on the mentor's research for up to eight weeks during the summer. Students present the results of their work at Scholar's Day, conferences outside the College, and IEL sponsored events. Selected students receive a stipend and free housing in the residence halls an 8-wk summer research experience. Applications are typically due in early February.  Contact Dr. Adam Rich at for more information.

Service-Learning and Opportunities for Funding

Service Learning is a credit-bearing teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience and strengthen communities. Further, at The College at Brockport, we believe the following elements are essential for any service learning experience: 1. Student activity that demonstrates civic responsibility 2. Student reflection activity on the impact of meaningful community service; 3. Faculty or student activity that develops relationships with community partners Service-learning is considered to be a High-Impact Educational Practice and has been shown to increase student engagement and success.

Brockport’s service learning programs continue to grow. Brockport has climbed to #5 among SUNY’s comprehensive colleges in the percentage of students who report having been involved in Community Service or Service Learning as part of a course or academic program (improving from #10 in 2009 and #8 in 2012). Source: Student Opinion Survey, 2015 The Service Learning Grant was established in the fall semester of 2012 by the IEL to encourage even more faculty to incorporate new service-learning opportunities for students into their courses. The Grant of up to $500 can be used to assist with related expenses, including transportation, supplies, permits, food (if service extends over a meal period), educational resources, registrations, entry fees or similar expenses. Previous recipients: please note that we are now accepting applications for courses that have previously received the grant. First preference will still go to the addition of new opportunities, but previous recipients may certainly still apply and receive funding.

Click here to download the application. Please email completed applications to Vanessa Wais at  Contact Dale Hartnett at for more information.

The application deadline for Fall is April 20th and the deadline for Spring is November 20th.

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Last Updated 11/4/15