Barry University
November-December 2017

Faculty Integrate Personal and Social Responsibility Outcomes into Courses

Faculty Integrate Personal and Social Responsibility Outcomes into Courses

The PSR designation indicates that the course meets the criteria by intentionally addressing at least one QEP learning outcome. The QEP Implementation Committee recently gave the PSR designation to five courses.

Four courses in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as a course in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences were given the PSR (personal and social responsibility) designation recently.

The QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) Implementation Committee approved the designation of BIO 220-01 & 06: Introduction to Human Anatomy, COM 104-01: Interpersonal Communication, MAT 107-01: General Education Math, POS 201-01: American Government, and SES 340-01: Adapted Physical Activity in Sport and Recreation.

Each course intentionally addresses at least one of six PSR learning outcomes. Two outcomes comprise each of the three categories in the QEP: Ethical and Moral Reasoning, Engaging Diverse Perspectives, and Community Engagement and Collaboration.

Other PSR-designated courses include CHE 490-01: Senior Seminar in Chemistry, CRM 200-01 & 02: Introduction to Criminology, ENG 111: First-Year Composition, ENG 112: Techniques of Research, ENG 210: Writing about Literature, SOC 200: Perspective Consciousness and Social Justice, and THE 201(three sections): Theology: Faiths, Beliefs, and Traditions.

Courses given the service-learning designation also address at least one of the learning outcomes of the QEP.

QEP Workshop

A recent QEP Faculty Development Workshop prepared a small group of faculty members for integrating personal and social responsibility outcomes into their courses. Described as interactive and engaging, the workshop sessions covered such topics as critical pedagogy, backwards design, active learning in the classroom, and reflection on academic discourse.

The workshop participants included Dr. Carl Cramer, associate dean and professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Dr. Dan Ewing, professor of art history; Dr. Elsie Miranda, associate professor of practical theology; Dr. Gloria Schaab, chair and professor of theology; Dr. Mureen Shaw, assistant professor of nursing; Dr. E. Timothy Smith, professor of history; and Dr. Shirley Ye Sheng, associate professor of marketing.

The QEP Implementation Committee hosted the two-evening workshop in mid-October. Dr. Karen Callaghan, Dean of Arts and Sciences and chair of the committee, coordinated the workshop.

In addition to Callaghan, the workshop session facilitators were Dr. Tamara Hamilton, associate professor of chemistry; Dr. Paige Banaji, director of first-year writing and assistant professor of English; Liz James, experiential learning coordinator; and Dr. Glenn Bowen, executive director of the Center for Community Service Initiatives and director of the QEP.

Organizers Call for Presentation Proposals for Community Engagement Symposium

Organizers Call for Presentation Proposals for Community Engagement Symposium

The Center for Community Service Initiatives and the QEP Implementation Committee have issued a joint call for proposals for Barry University’s fifth annual Community Engagement Symposium.

Scheduled for March 28, the symposium will highlight social responsibility demonstrated through experiential learning.

Proposals are being accepted for concurrent presentations during an hour-long session of the symposium. Proposals should highlight aspects or features of experiential learning activities that engage students, as well as faculty and staff, with community partners at the local, regional, state, national, or global level to achieve social responsibility goals. Also, proposals should specify the social issues addressed; the strategies, programs/projects, and related activities undertaken; and the social responsibility outcomes achieved.

All proposals for concurrent-session presentations will be peer reviewed and should be submitted by January 26.

Additional information and the proposal form are available in the Community Engagement Management System, accessed from the CCSI homepage, and directly from the CCSI via email,

There will also be a symposium poster session, for which peer review of proposals is being offered as an option. Further information on the poster session is available from QEP Project Assistant Daniqua Williams at

Resources Available at QEP Website

Resources Available at QEP Website

Additional resources are available at the QEP website. The recently added resources include an up-to-date list of PSR-designated courses and a video highlighting personal and social responsibility concepts covered in the Quality Enhancement Plan.

The resources at the site are categorized as Articles, Books, Various Publications, Forms, Fact Sheets, and “PSR” Information.

In support of the implementation of the QEP, the Center for Community Service Initiatives is making various books on experiential learning available to the campus. Experiential Learning Coordinator Liz James has picked out three books covering the broader area of experiential education and six of the service-learning books in the CCSI Library.

EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION: Experiential Learning (Kolb, 1984); Experiential Learning: A Handbook for Education, Training, and Coaching (Beard & Wilson, 2002); and Strengthening Experiential Education: A New Era (Hesser, 2014).

SERVICE-LEARNING: International Service-Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Research  (Bringle et al., 2011); Learning Through Serving: A Student Guidebook for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement across Academic Disciplines and Cultural Communities (Cress et al., 2013); Service-Learning Essentials: Questions, Answers, and Lessons Learned (Jacoby, 2014); Service-Learning in Higher Education: Critical Issues and Directions (Butin, 2005); The Unheard Voices: Community Organizations and Service Learning (Stoecker & Tryon, 2009); and Where’s the Learning in Service-Learning? (Eyler & Giles, 1999).

Those and similar books may be borrowed for short periods from the CCSI Library in Adrian 208. For further information, contact James at or 305-899-3728.

Barry’s QEP focuses on personal and social responsibility (PSR) pursued through experiential learning in the classroom, laboratories, and elsewhere on campus as well as in the wider community.

Additional information on the Quality Enhancement Plan is available from Dr. Glenn Bowen, QEP director, at

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