Community & Friends

Faculty Fellow Learning Communities

Congratulations to our four 2018 ICEE Faculty Fellows! Each faculty member will facilitate a learning community beginning Spring 2018, in an effort to bring faculty, staff, administrators, students, and community members together around community-engaged topics. Fellows and topics include:

Making Real-World Connections: Conversations with Local and Global Communities on World Issues and Their Impact on Families with Dr. Rachel Boit

Dr. RachBoit photoel J. Boit is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS). She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Birth through Kindergarten program within the HDFS department at UNCG and conducts research on early literacy development. Specific topic areas of research include, but not limited to: children and families from low-income communities; promoting literacy through home-school partnerships among refugee populations, and teacher-child relationships in cross-cultural contexts. Email rjboit@uncg.edu for more information about the global learning learning community.

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Culturally Responsive Research and Evaluation Practice with Dr. Jill Chouinard

Chouinard photoDr. Jill Chouinard’s main interests are in cross-cultural/culturally responsive approaches to research and evaluation, participatory research and evaluation, and evaluation and public policy. She has extensive experience working on evaluations at the community level in the areas of education and training, social services, health, and organizational learning and change. Much of her evaluation work has been conducted in First Nations and Inuit communities, as well as in other culturally and socially diverse community settings. She positions evaluation as a catalyst for learning, collaboration, social justice and community change. Email agchouin@uncg.edu for more information about the culturally responsive evaluation learning community.

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Community-Engaged Writing with Dr. Michael Hemphill

Hemphill photoDr. Michael A. Hemphill is a new Assistant Professor of Kinesiology with teaching and service responsibilities in the new EdD in Kinesiology Online program. Dr. Hemphill’s research focuses on teaching personal and social responsibility in through sport, physical activity, and physical education with specific applications to urban communities and professional development programs for physical activity providers. Email mahemphi@uncg.edu for more information about the community-engaged writing learning community.
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Circles of Pedagogy and Practice: Exploring Circle Process as a Process of Education and Restoration with Dr. Jeremy Rinker

Rinker photoDr. Jeremy Rinker is an Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of North Carolina Greensboro where he researches the intersections between narrative, violence, and nonviolent social change. Dr. Rinker’s research interests revolve around the centrality of justice discourse, trauma awareness, and collective resilience in institutions and movements aimed at transforming social injustices and building healthy community. Working with marginalized communities to create the spaces and structures to address all types of violence (structural, cultural, and direct) and develop platforms for social resilience to blossom and grow. Dr. Rinker has previously received internal university funding to work with displaced refugee communities in North Carolina and has received a Nehru-Fulbright grant award (2013-14) to study the historical collective trauma of post-colonial Indian experiences of Partition and caste. Dr. Rinker’s extensive experience in the field of international development, community conflict practice, and collective trauma awareness and resilience closely supports the areas of research outlined in UNCG’s strategic plan and informs his work as an ICEE Faculty Fellow. Email jarinker@uncg.edu for more information about the restorative pedagogy and practices learning community.

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