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Service Learning

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is committed to the advancement of teaching and learning at the University of Texas at Tyler. Faculty Fellows involved in the Service Learning Initiative provide resources and guidance to foster the development of service learning at The University of Texas at Tyler.

Faculty Fellows in the Service Learning Initiative strive to promote service learning that engages the students, the faculty, and the community members in a mutually beneficial learning paradigm that produces a robust learning experience that prepares students to be more competitive in today's job market by providing real world experiences as part of their learning process and degree plan.

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Dr. Rochell R. McWhorter is an Associate Professor of Human Resource Development in the College of Business and Technology at The University of Texas at Tyler. She received her Ph.D. degree in Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University. She has over 20 years’ experience in industry and K-12 education. Rochell has edited and authored a number of journal articles and scholarly resources on service learning in higher education. Her scholarly publications include topics such as online service learning, ePortfolios as facilitators of learning and professional branding, virtual human resource development, visual social media, scenario planning for leadership development, and virtual learning environments for real-time collaboration. She recently co-authored the paper Giving Back: Exploring Service-Learning in an Online Learning Environment. Dr. McWhorter will co-facilitate the area of service learning.

Dr. Jessica A. Rueter is an Associate Professor of Special Education at The University of Texas at Tyler. Dr. Rueter received her Ph.D. from Texas Woman's University in Special Education. She has 20+ years of experience as a special education teacher, educational diagnostician, and as a university professor. Dr. Rueter has several publications to her credit and is a frequent speaker at the international, national, and state level. She is an assessment consultant to school districts in East Texas and in the Dallas Fort Worth metropolitan area and has served as an expert witness in due process hearings. Her research interests include best practices of assessment of students with disabilities and translating assessment results into evidence-based instructional practices. Dr. Rueter serves as President of the Council for Educational Diagnostic Services, Past-President of the Texas Council for Exceptional Children, and a member of CEC, CEDS, TED, SSEPC, and TEDA. She has numerous courses that involve students in service learning and has experience working with service learning initiatives at Sam Houston State University.  Dr. Reuter will co-facilitate the area of service learning.  

Contacts:

Dr. Rochell McWhorter: RMcWhorter@utyler.edu

Dr. Jessica Rueter: jrueter@uttyler.edu

 

 

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