2018 Grant Recipients

Jay Mittal, Ph.D. (Department of Political Science)

  • The community engagement involves graduate class “CPLN 6050 Land and Urban Economic,” and the project is titled, “Understanding the City of Dothan.” The Graduate Community Planning of the Political Science department works collaboratively with several communities in Alabama and the southeast United States as part of its community outreach mission and also to advance better planning ideas.  The other goal of this community engagement is to better prepare our students for the professional challenges by extending and exposing the classrooms to real time community issues and challenges, and thus foster active engagement, enriching learning outcomes, active teaching, and research that’s outreach based. The program via its city year program closely works with partner communities throughout the year via engaging classes. 

Iulia Pittman, Ph.D. (Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures)

  • Auburn University has recently seen significant growth in the number of international students that it hosts. Furthermore, due to an increase in foreign investments in Lee County, the cities of Auburn and Opelika have seen a growing number of international residents. It follows that an appreciation for foreign cultures, knowledge of foreign languages, and awareness of cultural differences will make our community richer and more dynamic. The main purpose of this community and civic engagement project is to deepen the participants’ knowledge of and about foreign languages and cultures in order to encourage more active and informed participation in linguistically diverse communities.
  • Under the guidance of faculty members Dr. Iulia Pittman (Foreign Languages Department, College of Liberal Arts) and Dr. Jamie Harrison (ESOL Education, College of Education), students from “Survey in Linguistics” (ENGL 3110) and “Applied Linguistics in Second Language Acquisition” (CTES 7420/26) will present posters of their linguistics projects to the community at the Auburn Public Library.

Janice Clifford, Ph.D. and Kristrina Shuler, Ph.D. (Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work)

  • CSI Auburn is a multidisciplinary outreach effort of the Auburn University Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work that promotes science literacy and highlights social science career opportunities in forensics. Participants include 5th-8th grade students who are invited to be a Forensic Scientist for a day as they are guided through a series of active learning stations led by Auburn University faculty and student facilitators. Events feature stations that present “clues” with age-appropriate information that might be found at a crime scene: human fingerprints, mammalian bones and teeth, and reproductions of human skeletons showing key identifying features of age, gender, stature, and traumatic injuries. Through CSI Auburn, elementary and middle school students gain insight into potential career fields that they may not have imagined before. Auburn University student serve as facilitators for the program. While learning new skills, they are building invaluable leadership and communication experience needed for any field.

Elijah Gaddis, Ph.D. (Department of History)

  • These funds will help pay for an ongoing collaboration between senior members of the Auburn and Opelika community and students and other members of the Auburn University community. As part of an ongoing engagement with low income seniors through the Auburn Housing Authority (AHA), this project helps engage new audiences in the process of education with our students at Auburn. In the fall of 2018, five seniors from AHA will enroll in an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) course on Southern Food and Culture. (OLLI has generously provided scholarships for each student.) Throughout the class--led by Elijah Gaddis of the Auburn University History Department in collaboration with Scott Bishop of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art (JCSM)--students will exchange life memories and histories around the topic of food, family, and culture. In peer to peer oral history interviews, family recipe exchanges, and shared meals, seniors will have the chance to critically engage these broader issues of importance while teaching to and learning from a peer group. This project seeks to foster an ethos of education across racial and class lines that is unfortunately rare at many Auburn University sponsored events.

Megan-Brette Hamilton, Ph.D. (Department of Communication Disorders)

  • The Lee County Literacy Coalition (LCLC) and Dr. Megan-Brette Hamilton, a licensed and certified SLP, along with her undergraduate research team, SLPs-to-be, will collaborate to provide training to the tutors of LCLC one-on-one tutoring program. The purpose of the project will be: 1) to develop more accurate and culturally responsive assessment of learners’ reading skills and 2) to provide more targeted and culturally responsive instruction for the learners of Lee County so that they may become more active members of their community. Additionally, this project will serve as a pilot study for Dr. Hamilton’s line of research involving the influence of nonmainstream dialect in Mainstream American English (MAE; e.g., dialect of the classroom and mainstream media) literacy acquisition. The undergraduates are all from the department of Communication Disorders (CMDS). They come from a variety of cultural identities and will assist in developing training content, survey questions, resources, assessment materials, and assist in conducting the training session.

Anthony Campbell, Ph.D. (Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work)

  • The purpose of this application is to seek funding for a collaborative research and engagement project focused on exploring how social support and social isolation are related to the experience of food insecurity among young adult consumers of food provision services. Surprisingly little is known about this topic despite food insecurity being a highly prevalent issue among college students. This project is designed to be a true partnership in which two AU Social Work faculty members will collaborate with local food provision organizations such as AU Campus Kitchens and East Alabama Food Bank to determine their organizations’ research needs that are related to how social factors influence food access. The goals of the project include understanding the social correlates of food insecurity among young adults who receive services from food-related organizations and identifying potential ways to incorporate social supports beyond the provision of food.

Last Updated: July 31, 2019