University faculty define collaborative partnerships with the community and examine how collaborative partnerships engender community-based research and the learning process of students in the College of Public Service. Considerations include how students are acculturated, specific benefits to learning, unanticipated benefits, and the unexpected challenges of collaborative partnerships between a university and a community.
Key Take Away Points
- Collaborative partnerships defined
- How collaborative partnerships engender community-based research
- How collaborative partnerships engender learning
- How students can be acculturated to collaborative partnership
- Unanticipated benefits of collaborative partnerships between university and community
- Unexpected challenges of collaborative partnerships between university and community
Judith A. Harris, received her Ph.D., at Texas Southern University in the Administration of Justice. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Houston Downtown (UHD). Dr. Harris’ on-going commitment to service learning and community service are now embedded into a Senior Seminar course at UHD. The core project is focused on offender reentry programs. This platform provides each student with a variety of ongoing career-related opportunities. Within this framework each student can create their own academic experience and construct their own best practice. Furthermore, this service learning opportunity has provided an opportunity to integrate campus and community into an established curriculum Rebecca Pfeffer, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Houston – Downtown. Her research focuses generally on the victimization of vulnerable populations, including victims with special needs and victims of human trafficking and hate crimes. Her current research focuses on public policies addressing prostitution, both in terms of the buying and selling of sex, and specifically investigates effective law enforcement response to the problem of prostitution. Bernardo Pohl, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Houston-Downtown. He currently teaches critical issues in social studies and social studies methods. Previously, he was a special education and social studies teacher at Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District in Northwest Houston for 10 years. He earned his Doctorate in Education from University of Houston-Main. His research interests include teacher retention and attrition, social studies pedagogy, and ethical and moral issues in special education. Myrna D. Cohen, Ed.D, is a Professor of Education at the University of Houston-Downtown. Her teaching experience includes grades 2-12 as well as undergraduate and graduate classes in higher education. She has held leadership positions in several national and state organizations and has received state awards for her organizational work. She is co-editor of a number of books on teacher education. She served for eight years as the Chair of the Department of Urban Education and is currently serving as Associate Dean of the College of Public Service. Leigh Van Horn, Ed.D. is a professor of language and literacy and the interim dean of the College of Public Service at the University of Houston – Downtown which includes Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Urban Education. Her research and service to the community is centered in literacy and issues related to empathy, empowerment, and resilience. Current projects include collaboration with urban educators in site-based professional development focused on oral histories of members of the community.
Harris, Judith; Pfeffer, Rebecca; Pohl, Bernardo; Cohen, Myrna; and Van Horn, Leigh
"Developing Understandings of Collaborative Partnerships Between University and Community,"
Journal of Family Strengths: Vol. 16
, Article 8.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol16/iss2/8