In Brief: BTtoP News and Notes (Winter 2015)

BTtoP Track at AAC&U Annual Meeting in Washington, DC

BTtoP’s annual Thursday evening reception at the AAC&U Annual Meeting in January continues to grow—we cherish the opportunity each year to catch up with colleagues and friends of the Project, old and new! Thank you to everyone that stopped by.

We also were happy to see so many of you at our various sessions throughout the meeting. We are excited to work with all of you as we push our shared work forward.

Call for Newsletter Submissions

BTtoP created this newsletter to highlight the good work and outcomes of grantee campuses that have been involved with us as a Project over twelve years. We are excited to share your campus story—and encourage you to submit pieces to appear as Campus Highlights or news to appear in our In Brief section. We look forward to hearing from you! For guidelines and detailed information on submitting, contact the editor, Jennifer O’Brien, at

Georgetown Biology Professor Heidi Elmendorf Named Carnegie’s DC Professor of the Year

On November 20, 2014, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching announced Heidi Elmendorf, professor of biology at Georgetown University, as its District of Columbia (DC) Professor of the Year.

Commenting on the importance of Carnegie’s recognition in the Georgetown News, Elmendorf states, “What matters to me most, day in and day out, is doing a good job for my students, and that we successfully introduce new and innovative pedagogies that truly benefit our undergraduate learners.” One of Elmendorf’s students, Colin Liebold, explains why she is deserving of such an award: “She is the definition of a student-centered professor.… That requires a unique blend of humility, passion and a loving attitude.”

Georgetown News also reported that all five Georgetown faculty members who have received the DC Professor of the Year award have been involved in the university’s Engelhard Project for Connecting Life and Learning, a project begun in 2005 with a BTtoP grant and endowed by BTtoP co-founder Sally Engelhard Pingree. The Engelhard Project, organized within Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, involves Georgetown faculty members creating courses that relate academic content to health and wellness topics through readings, presentations, and discussions led by campus health professionals.

Barb Jacoby Publishes Service-Learning Essentials: Questions, Answers, and Lessons Learned

Barb Jacoby, faculty associate for leadership and community service learning at the University of Maryland College Park, has recently published a new book on service learning with Jossey-Bass.

From the author: “Service-Learning Essentials is organized in a question-and-answer format and covers a range of topics from basic to advanced, the latter addressing the complexities and dilemmas that service-learning educators encounter. Each question comes with a comprehensive response, including examples from different disciplines, situations, and institutional types; related issues and questions; and resources for further information. The intended audiences for this book are faculty in all disciplines, leaders and staff members of civic engagement and service-learning centers, student affairs professionals, campus ministers, leadership educators, teaching and learning center staff, service-learning advocates, and administrators seeking to support service-learning.”

For more information or to order, visit

Allegheny College Hosts National Conference on Voting Rights and Democratic Participation

Allegheny College will host a two-day national undergraduate conference on voting rights and democratic participation April 10-11, 2015, bringing students together with five nationally recognized scholars and activists: John Aldrich, Anne Boxberger-Flaherty, Joy James, Gabriel Sanchez, and Carol Geary Schneider. The five keynote addresses will anchor the undergraduate conference of papers and panel sessions exploring themes of social justice, democratic engagement, and liberal learning.

Allegheny has invited students to submit papers, posters, or panels that examine voting rights and democratic participation from multiple disciplinary or inter- and cross-disciplinary perspectives. Work that explores these themes from philosophical, political, artistic, religious, linguistic, historical, educational, economic, and/or cultural perspectives is encouraged, as are mathematical and scientific perspectives.

Information on registration and on submitting a paper or panel presentation (deadline to submit was February 10; late submissions may be considered) can be found at