Judith Warchal, Ph.D., of Reading, Pa., was presented with the Faculty Award for Exemplary Service-Learning in front of more than 600 people during an honors ceremony at Alvernia University, Sun., April 21, 2013. Warchal is a long-time professor of psychology at the university.
The Holleran Center for Community Engagement’s Faculty Award for Exemplary Service-Learning is an annual award given to a full-time faculty member who demonstrates excellence for incorporating service-learning pedagogy into their curriculum. The recipient uses service-learning practices as an innovative teaching tool to engage students in civic learning while creating opportunities for community benefits. This faculty member helps build institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement by fostering reciprocal community partnerships and enhancing Alvernia’s contributions to the public good.
Dr. Warchal has worked consistently and enthusiastically to initiate service-learning in her classes for many years, and has published extensively about service learning pedagogy. A donation from the Holleran Center for Community Engagement will be made to the community partner of Dr. Warchal’s choice.
ALVERNIA is a fast growing Franciscan university, grounded in the Catholic and liberal arts traditions, that combines diverse academic opportunities with personal attention and an unmatched commitment to community service. Situated on a scenic 121-acre suburban campus in historic Berks County, Pa., the university supports a rigorous and caring learning community that is home to more than 3,000 students.