School of Architecture professor featured on Center for Service-Learning Excellence site

September 24th, 2013 Comments Off on School of Architecture professor featured on Center for Service-Learning Excellence site

Alexis Gregory

Alexis Gregory

Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory, AIA, is the first faculty spotlight for MSU’s new center Center for Service-Learning Excellence (CASLE).

Service-Learning Class:
ARC 4990: Habitat Prototype House Course

Semester Taught:
Spring 2013

Course Description:
This course is designed for the development of well-designed, low-cost housing for low-income clients of the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity. Students in the course developed one final design concept that was given to the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity for consideration for implementation.

Comments from Professor Gregory:

Why do you use service-learning as a teaching pedagogy?

“Service-learning is an important part of my teaching pedagogy because architecture is both for and experienced by the public and has more influence on the lives of everyone than most people realize. Architecture students are very interested in public service and community outreach and therefore it is an important way to engage them in their learning process.”

What advice do you have for faculty and students when considering service-learning?

“The advice I would give faculty and students considering a service-learning class is to give yourself plenty of time to figure things out and be patient. It seems like it would be easy to incorporate service-learning into a class that already serves someone, but to truly learn about service-learning and to make sure the course is successful in both the service-learning aspect and in achieving the needs of the project partner you need good planning and course development. It is very rewarding to achieve this, but it takes work, as does anything worth doing well.”

Name something important you learned (as a faculty member) through your work with CASLE and service-learning.

“The most important thing that I learned is that adding service-learning to a course takes time, but it is well worth it. It is harder than you may think to achieve the connection between what you are teaching and service-learning, even though it seems like an obvious connection at first. The in-depth exploration of that connection is what makes the course richer and more beneficial for the students, faculty, and project partner.”

To learn more about CASLE, visit http://servicelearning.msstate.edu/

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