Two Coe faculty members selected as Iowa Campus Compact Engaged Scholar Faculty Fellows

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Terri Donofrio
Terri Donofrio
Esther and Robert Armstrong Assistant Professor of Rhetoric
Katie Rodgers
Katie Rodgers
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Two Coe College professors are among five college and university faculty from across the state who have been selected for the 2016-2017 class of Iowa Campus Compact's Engaged Scholar Faculty Fellows. This marks the fourth year of the program, which promotes community-engaged scholarship and teaching. Selected fellows participate in a learning community throughout the year while launching or enhancing a service-learning course or other community-engaged research or project. They also receive a $1,000 stipend to support their efforts.

The Coe award winners include Terri Donofrio, the Esther and Robert Armstrong Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, and Assistant Professor of Sociology Katie Rodgers.

Professor Terri Donofrio teaches a wide variety of communications studies courses informed by critical and cultural methodologies, including a seminar on environmental advocacy designed to foster civic engagement through collaborative projects with community partners. Her project, "Vocabularies for Public Criticism," will explore the connections among the public humanities, community-engaged scholarship and changing media technologies.  Inspired by the emergence of media platforms designed to facilitate collaborative forms of humanistic inquiry, she will be examining how the public performance of criticism can open space to rethink the relationship between community engagement and public-facing humanities work.

Professor Katie Rodgers specializes in issues of race, class and gender inequalities with special attention to sport and a new interest in the carceral system. Her project, "Transitioning Together: Developing a Community-Based Research Project with Graduating Seniors and Individuals Returning from Incarceration," is a senior capstone course on prisons in the U.S. She plans to partner with the Inside Out Reentry Community (IORC) on a collaborative research project. This will give students the chance to sharpen their own research skills and help IORC meet an existing need. Knowledge generated in this project will serve the purpose of furthering students' sociological perspective and IORC's mission of providing services and mentorship to "returning citizens."

Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) is a statewide association of college and university presidents providing leadership for the civic mission of higher education. Iowa Campus Compact strengthens the capacity of member colleges and universities to prepare all students to become engaged citizens.

Coe College offers superb academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. Coe's vibrant Cedar Rapids location provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates.