Department of Political Science

CLA names three new engaged scholars

Published on Mar 11, 2019

The College of Liberal Arts recently named three faculty as Engaged Scholars for 2019-2023.  Angie Colvin Burque (Social Work), Tessa Carr (Theatre), and Rebecca Retzlaff (Community Planning) will hold the title for a three-year appointment and receive an annual supplement of $5,000. The program is designed to support superior faculty in the college, and, through the quality of the recipients' work, strengthen student and faculty engagement in the local community as well as nationally and internationally. A committee selected the three recipients based on exemplary professional citizenship and participation in promoting the college's commitment to civic engagement.

From left: Photo of Angie Burque, Tessa Carr, and Rebecca Retzlaff
From left: Angie Colvin Burque, Tessa Carr, and Rebecca Retzlaff. 

Angie Colvin Burque is an associate clinical professor of social work, and director of field education for the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. She is the founder and co-director of Expressions of a BraveHeart Fine Arts Program (est. 2010) and BraveHeart Center for Place and Purpose (est. 2016). These two outreach programs partner with community resources to benefit individuals with disabilities facing moderate to severe life challenges and their families. She specializes in issues of family and child welfare, including special needs adoption, teen pregnancy, transitional housing for homeless families and adult incest survivor group work. Burque has conducted diversity and cultural competence workshops for state agencies. She currently teaches social work practice methods, sociology minority groups, and coordinates the field education program for social work students.

Tessa Carr is an associate professor of theatre. She directs productions for Auburn University Theatre, and she also serves as the artistic director of Mosaic Theatre Company — a company that is committed to creating original work fostering conversations about issues of diversity and performs numerous times each semester at a variety of campus and community venues. Her research focuses on devised performance in practice and theory, autobiographical performance, feminist performance strategies, and performance as pedagogy. She teaches directing, introduction to theatre for majors and non-majors, and dramatic history and literature courses.

Rebecca Retzlaff is an associate professor in the Community Planning Program in the Department of Political Science. Her research interests are planning law and planning history. She often combines her two areas of research interest by analyzing the history of significant legal decisions in planning. She teaches classes in planning history, historic preservation planning, land use law, and land use planning. Her classes have worked with small towns in Alabama such as Opelika, Loachapoka, and Tallassee, as well as larger cities such as Mobile and Montgomery. Class projects include historic preservation plans, healthy community plans, zoning reform reports, and neighborhood plans.

“I am proud to recognize Professor Burke, Professor Carr, and Professor Retzlaff as our new engaged scholars. Their work embodies the true meaning of outreach and community engagement,” said College of Liberal Arts Dean Joseph Aistrup.

For more information, visit: