J.R.’s workshop on faculty rewards is a great way to connect service-oriented faculty with practices and ideas that can help them to achieve reappointment, tenure and promotion without compromising their ability to have a direct impact on the communities they serve.
Service Learning Coordinator, Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
We started working with J.R. Jamison this fall when his colleague, Kelsey Timmerman, visited our campus to discuss his book ‘Where Am I Wearing.’ Our conversation began with The Facing Project and has since evolved into an even larger conversation regarding our College’s goal to engage our students and local communities through service.
J.R. has proven himself time and again to be a knowledgeable and enthusiastic advocate of service within the higher education and our local community. He was a guest speaker at our first annual service and leadership summit ‘Planting Seeds of Change’ and continues to be our guide through the implementation of our very own Facing Project, ‘Facing Hope.’
J.R.’s enthusiasm for service and engagement is catching, and his participation in these projects has not only started a significant conversation among the faculty and staff on our five campuses, but has helped us to start a much needed conversation and collaboration with our community partners here in Rome, Ga.
Because of J.R.’s guidance and encouragement, we intend to hold a strategic planning session for service learning with our faculty/staff in spring 2013 and will be working with over 25 local non-profits to share their client’s stories of strength and hope as they work together to overcome insurmountable odds in their own community.
J.R. Jamison is definitely an effective ‘agent of change’ who inspires others to change the world around them one community at a time.”
Juliana Breithaupt, M.Ed.
Director, Adult and Service Learning, Georgia Highlands College
Attending a service-learning course design workshop with J.R. greatly inspired me to integrate classroom teaching with real world problem solving. The workshop helped provide an understanding of the basic principles of service-learning pedagogy and vivid examples of teaching and assignment design.
Researcher, Center on Philanthropy, Sun Yat-sen University
J.R.’s talk was well tailored to the culture of our university, the experience of our group, and to our tight time restraints. It whetted our appetite for a more in-depth workshop from him on not only the importance of offering Service Learning courses, but also the nuts-and-bolts of how to structure assignments and syllabi to accomplish applied learning goals. We plan to have him back!
Director of Civic, Global, and Professional Opportunities, DePauw University
My first impression of J.R. during the workshop he led was of someone who deeply cares and realistically engages the community in which he lives and works. J.R.’s instruction on creative ways to engage our neighbors sparked new ideas and gave me courage to act. His Facing Project provides a successful model of going into the community to listen and learn with people and not just doing research to the community.
Amy Newcomb Rowe
Program Manager of the Youth Economic Participation Initiative, Talloires Network
(formerly at the American University in Cairo)
J.R. Jamison has provided the University of Saint Francis with invaluable consultation and education regarding the institutionalization of service engagement and service-learning in campus culture. Through workshops, presentations and assessment tools, he has helped our university to identify our strengths and challenges in service engagement and has helped us to more effectively connect the work of faculty, students and community partner agencies to address social issues in our community. He is a well-informed and passionate advocate for social change through education, commitment and partnerships with community nonprofits.
Director, Center for Service Engagement, University of Saint Francis
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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