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Engaged Faculty Fellows

The KsCC Engaged Faculty Fellows program is a year-long learning community experience.  Selected individuals serve a one-year term as part of a cohort of up to three faculty members.  The program serves as a faculty professional development model to support the integration of service-learning and community engagement into the three components of faculty development: teaching, research, and service.

The overall goals of the program include:

  • Supporting faculty in the practice of the scholarship of engagement;
  • Building a strong and productive social and intellectual network of like-minded scholars in Kansas.

Each year, there is a specific topic on which the Fellows will focus their collaborative research.

KsCC Engaged Faculty Fellows will:

  • Research:  The Fellows will work as a team to develop a research project to enhance and advance the field of service-learning and community engagement related to the annual theme.  The outcome of this research will be a publishable paper for one of several possible peer-reviewed publications, assisted by KsCC.
  • Teach:  Each Fellow will develop (or modify) and teach at least one new course using engaged pedagogy within the program period at your respective institution during the 2012-2013 term (fall, spring, summer, or inter-session).  The syllabus and an evaluation of the course will be shared throughout the KsCC network and may provide additional avenues for publishable material.
  • Serve:  Each Fellow will serve as a champion on their campus for the advancement of engaged research and teaching.  While this may take various forms depending on the culture of the individual institution, each Fellow will be a proactive voice for service-learning and engagement among other interested faculty.

2013-2014 Engaged Faculty Fellows


Carrie Lane
Associate Professor of Psychology
Southwestern College

Carrie received her B.S. at Kansas State University and her Ph.D. in experimental social psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her area of expertise is in social influence and she is currently working on research with first date norms and the evolution of gender differences in crying.



Anna Page
Assistant Professor of Dietary and Hospitality Management
Johnson County Community College

Anna licensed registered dietitian. She received her B.A. at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota and her Master's in Human Nutrition at the University of Nebraska. As a registered dietitian she has worked in community, clinical, management and consulting dietetics and was an adjunct professor at Johnson County Community College for nine years prior to becoming an Assistant Professor.



Laura Kanost
Associate Professor of Spanish
Kansas State University

Laura has taught a variety of language, literature, and culture courses in Spanish. She strives to help her students gain confidence and motivation by using their skills in meaningful ways both inside and outside of the classroom. She has taught Spanish conversation through service-learning for 10 semesters and recently led a new freshman learning community linking Spanish, leadership studies, and service-learning experiences both locally and abroad.


2012-2013 Engaged Faculty Fellows

Dr. Jean Gleichsner, Associate Professor of Agriculture - Fort Hays State University
Dr. Vibhavari Jani, Associate Professor of Interior Architecture and Product Design - Kansas State University
Dr. Cheryl Rude, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies - Southwestern College
Dr. Dustin Wilgers, Assistant Professor of Biology - McPherson College

2011-2012 Engaged Faculty Fellows


Dr. Allan Ayella, McPherson College (Biology)

Dr. Becki Bowman, McPherson College (Communication)

Ms. Kathy Decker, Hutchinson Community College (Business)