ASI 400: Service Learning in Buffalo Public Schools
Instructor: Dr. Joseph Gardella
- Lecture: Mondays
- Time: 3:00-5:50 p.m.
- Location: 134-C Greiner Hall
- Credit Hours: 3
- General Education Requirement: Elective
- UB Curriculum Requirement: List 3 Pathway Course for "Social Justice in a Changing World' Thematic Pathway
- 3-credit graded seminar once a week, in addition to six hours of in-classroom work at a select Buffalo Public School
- Create visual representation of your experience
- Workshops/preparation for mentoring, classroom management, urban education, urban students, counseling, scientific presentations in classes; all these topics developed at the request of previous students in the course
- Focus on reflection and self-development instead of content-heavy classes
- Open to all students, but those seeking a careers in science, engineering and/or education may be interested in this program
- Earn credit while participating in service
- Hands-on experience in the Buffalo Public Schools
- Develop mentoring relationships and make an impact on students' academic achievements
- Support teachers in the classroom
- Tutor students
- "It was about making a difference in that moment. About brightening their day for maybe only 40 minutes."
- "Furthered my own understanding of diversity and my leadership abilities."
- "This experience provided me with insight as well as the pure joy of seeing a nine year old smile."
About the Instructor
Joseph A. Gardella, Jr. is the John and Frances Larkin Professor of Chemistry at UB, and has been on the faculty since 1982. He also serves as the Director of the UB/Buffalo Public Schools Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP, isep.buffalo.edu), a National Science Foundation funded program which serves as the basis for collaboration with the Buffalo Public Schools in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. Professor Gardella’s research interests are in quantitative analysis and surface chemistry, broadly applied to the study of environmental effects at polymer surfaces and tissue engineering with synthetic biomaterials. Besides his research interests, he has long standing interests in curriculum development for scientists and non-scientists. Professor Gardella has been active in program development in undergraduate research, interdisciplinary studies, service learning and other academic reform areas. He was the UB representative during the founding of the Western New York Service Learning Coalition (WNYSLC). He has been recognized locally and nationally for his work in all areas of academic endeavor.
Last updated: October 23, 2017 3:49 pm EST