Periclean Faculty Leadership (PFL) Program™

At AAC&U, PFL Phong Le discusses a student mapping project using 911 data. 
Photo by Jennifer Magee.


Periclean Faculty Leaders Wow at AAC&U Annual Meeting in DC

On January 25, four Periclean Faculty Leaders presented, "From Curriculum To Community: Encouraging Faculty and Students To Change The World" as part of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) 2018 Annual Meeting. Joining Jan R. Liss, Project Pericles Executive Director, on stage to talk about their experiences were Periclean Faculty Leaders from Goucher CollegeNew England CollegeSkidmore College, and Swarthmore College.

Phong Le,  Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the Center for Data, Mathematical and Computational Sciences, Goucher College and Lynne Steuerle Schofield, Associate Professor of Statistics, Swarthmore College, spoke about the benefits for their students of incorporating civic engagement into their math and statistics courses. Lynne also provided data on how courses with civic engagement components are attracting students who might not otherwise take math or statistics classes.

Alex Picard , Associate Professor of Theatre, New England College talked about what a powerful experience writing and producing an original play on current social issues had been for her students and the entire New England College community. Students used the course to channel their concerns with the current political climate by working for positive change. Picard described her course as fundamentally changing the civil discourse on campus. After class, discussions continued in the dining and residence halls.

Finally, Nurcan Atalan-Helicke, Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies and Sciences, Skidmore College discussed her students ' work to measure the college's scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions, with a focus on emissions generated by study abroad programs, and developing plans to mitigate the campus's environmental impact.

About: The Periclean Faculty Leadership Program (PFL)™ builds on the success of the Civic Engagement Course (CEC) Program™, which champions civic engagement in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community. Periclean Faculty Leaders create and teach courses in a wide variety of disciplines in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences that address issues of social concern, enrich curriculum, and enhance student social interest and involvement. They also organize campus-wide activities and/or prepare an academic paper or project, and partner with a Periclean Faculty Leader at another campus, consulting with them throughout the program.

2017-2018 Periclean Faculty Leaders:

The newest cohort of Periclean Faculty Leaders (below by campus) will serve from April 2017 until March 2018, supporting faculty in a variety of disciplines to teach courses that address issues of social concern, enrich curriculum, and enhance student social interest and involvement. We thank The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and the Eugene M. Lang Foundation for supporting our second cohort.

Syllabi for courses can be found by clicking this link.

Dillard University, New Orleans, LA
Casey Schreiber, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Public Policy
Course: Housing Policy
Peer: Jessica Magaldi, Pace University

Drew University, Madison, NJ
Emily Hill, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Co-taught with Andrew Elliott, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
Course: Innovation I (an interdisciplinary course offered under Civic Engagement)
Peer: Mark Goadrich, Hendrix College

The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
Ulrike Krotscheck, Member of the Faculty in Archaeology and Classical Studies
Co-taught with Bradley Proctor, Member of the Faculty in History
Course: Inventing the Citizen: The History of Political Action and its Limits
Peer: Wilson Valentín-Escobar, Hampshire College

Goucher College, Towson, MD
Phong Le, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Course: Data Analytics
Peer: Lynne Steuerle Schofield, Swarthmore College

Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
Wilson Valentín-Escobar
Associate Professor of American Studies, Critical Ethnic Studies, and Sociology
Course: Citizens(hip) and Colonialism in our Backyard: Puerto Rican History, Civic Engagement, and Decolonial Social Change
Peer: Ulrike Krotscheck & Bradley Proctor, The Evergreen State College

Hendrix College, Conway, AR
Mark Goadrich, Associate Professor of Computer Science
Course: Foundations of Computer Science
Peer: Emily Hill, Drew University

Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
Michael H. Janis, Associate Professor of English
Course: Honors College Composition
Peer: Glenn Stuart, New England College

New England College, Henniker, NH
S. Alexandra (Alex) Picard, Associate Professor of Theatre
Co-taught with Glenn Stuart, Professor of Theatre
Course: Language and Discourse: How a Resistance Can be a Production
Peers: Victoria Fortuna, Reed College, paired with Alex Picard
& Michael H. Janis, Morehouse College, paired with Glenn Stuart

Pace University, New York, NY
Jessica Magaldi, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Taxation
Course: Business Law – Civic Engagement
Peer: Casey Schreiber, Dillard University

Reed College, Portland, OR
Victoria Fortuna, Assistant Professor of Dance
Course: Community Dance and Collective Creation
Peer: S. Alexandra (Alex) Picard, New England College

Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Nurcan Atalan-Helicke, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies
Course: Political Ecology
Peer: Vanessa Volpe, Ursinus College

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
Lynne Steuerle Schofield, Associate Professor of Statistics
Course: Topics in Statistics, Data Analysis for Policy Reports
Peer: Phong Le, Goucher College

Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA
Vanessa Volpe, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Course: Minority Health and Health Disparities
Peer: Nurcan Atalan-Helicke, Skidmore College

2010-2011 Periclean Faculty Leaders:

Our first cohort of Periclean Faculty Leaders (below by campus) served from May 2010 to December 2011; see their course syllabi by discipline. We thank the Eugene M. Lang Foundation and The Teagle Foundation for supporting this first running of this program.

To learn about the outcomes of the PFL program, read our White Paper, The Periclean Diamond: Linking College, Campuses, Communities, and Colleagues via Social and Civic High Engagement Learning by Ben Berger, Associate Professor of Political Science and Periclean Faculty Leader at Swarthmore College, and Jan R. Liss, Executive Director of Project Pericles.

Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
Thomas Eatmon, Jr.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
Course: Environmental Education
:  Randolph Larsen, St. Mary's College of Maryland

Bates College, Lewiston, ME
Emily W. Kane
Professor of Sociology
Course: Research Methods for Sociology
:  Lisa Leitz, Hendrix College

Berea College, Berea, KY
Linda Strong-Leek
Professor of Women's and Gender Studies & Associate Vice-President of Academic Affairs
Course: Introduction to Women's Studies—Domestic Violence in Kentucky
:  Monica Melton, Spelman College

Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL
Paula McKenzie
Associate Professor of Speech Communication
Course: Leadership Communication
:  Seong-Jae Min, Pace University

Carleton College, Northfield, MN
Debby Walser-Kuntz
Professor of Biology
Course: Immunology
:  Barbara R. Biglan, Chatham University

Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA
Barbara Biglan
Associate Professor of Education
Course: Environmental Health Issues
:  Debby Walser-Kuntz, Carleton College

Dillard University, New Orleans, LA
Winona Somervill
Professor of Sociology
Course: Political Sociology
:  Milton Moreland, Rhodes College

Drew University, Madison, NJ
Jennifer Olmsted
Associate Professor of Economics
Course: Political Economy of Non-Profits
:  Matthew Broda, The College of Wooster

Earlham College, Richmond, IN
B. Welling Hall
Professor of Politics and International Studies; Plowshares Professor of Peace Studies
Course: Civic Engagement Toolkit for Legislative Process
Peer:  Ben Berger, Swarthmore College

Elon University, Elon, NC
Brian Nienhaus
Associate Professor of Business Administration
Course: Business and Sustainability
:  Mary L. Lo Re, Wagner College

Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
Christopher Tinson
Assistant Professor of African American Studies
Course: What is Africa to Me? Black Diasporic Encounters
Peer:  Laura Y. Liu, The New School

Hendrix College, Conway, AR
Lisa Leitz
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Course: Gender and Sexuality
Peer:  Emily W. Kane, Bates College

Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
Margaret (Molly) Olsen
Associate Professor of Hispanic and Latin American Studies
Course: Cultural Survival: Resisting the Legacy of Colonialism in the Americas
:  Erich Steinman, Pitzer College

Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
Melvinia Turner King
Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies & Interim Executive Director of Leadership Center
Course: Leadership and Civic Engagement
:  Maura MacNeil, New England College

New England College, Henniker, NH
Maura MacNeil
Professor of Writing
Course: Exploring Community in Our Towns: The New Hampshire Town Meeting
(Co-taught with Inez McDermott, Associate Professor of Art History)
Peer:  Melvinia Turner King, Morehouse College

The New School, New York, NY
Laura Y. Liu
Assistant Professor of Urban Studies
Course:Immigrant Communities in the City
Peer:  Christopher Tinson, Hampshire College

Pace University, New York, NY
Seong-Jae Min
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Course:Citizen Journalism and Deliberation
Peer:  Paula McKenzie, Bethune-Cookman University

Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
Erich Steinman
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Course:Colonialism, Racialization, and Renewal: Indian Nations of Southern California
Peer:  Margaret (Molly) Olsen, Macalester College

Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
Milton Moreland
Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Archaeology
Course:Death, Burial, and the Afterlife: Historical Engagement in Urban Cemeteries
Peer:  Winona Somervill, Dillard University

St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, MD
Randolph Larsen
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Course:Instrumental Analysis of Oil and the Gulf of Mexico Environment
Peer:  Thomas Eatmon, Jr., Allegheny College

Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
Monica Melton
Assistant Professor of Women's Studies
Course:Gender and Health in Cross Cultural Perspective
Peer:  Linda Strong-Leek, Berea College

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
Ben Berger
Associate Professor of Political Science
Course: Democratic Theory and Practice
Peer:  B. Welling Hall, Earlham College

Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA
Domenick Scudera

Professor of Theater
Course: Community-Based Theater and Civic Engagement
Peer:  Marina Barnett, Widener University

Wagner College, Staten Island, NY
Mary L. Lo Re
Associate Professor of Finance and Chair, Department of Business Administration
Course:Post-Crisis Housing on Staten Island
Peer:  Brian Nienhaus, Elon University

Widener University, Chester, PA
Marina Barnett
Associate Professor of Social Work
Course:Organization and Community Intervention
Peer:  Domenick Scudera, Ursinus College

The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH
Matthew Broda
Assistant Professor of Education
Course:Issues in Education
Peer:  Jennifer Olmsted, Drew University