Western Michigan University School of Social Work Associate Professor Dr. Barbara Barton has been selected by the Michigan Campus Compact to receive the 2014 Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award. This is a significant biennial award bestowed upon faculty and staff at member campuses. Barton will be honored at the 2014 Civic Engagement Institute Awards Ceremony and Strolling Dinner on Feb. 3, 2014 at Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus in Grand Rapids.
Western’s Office of Service-Learning coordinated a selection committee and collected community partner input for the award. Out of a large number of nominees, Barton's work rose to the top, designating her as the person at WMU who made the most outstanding contributions in the area of community service-learning during the past two years.
Barton has been teaching service-learning courses for many years. Her commitment to her students and partners is clear in comments from both students and partners that offer the highest praise, and her joy in teaching and learning is apparent in all that she does. Working closely with the service-learning office, she identifies projects that will create opportunities for her students to engage with the community and provide assistance with community-identified needs. Through her efforts, students and community partners collaborate and empower one another to create change and improve the quality of life for those in both the on-campus and off-campus communities.
WMU Office of Service-Learning Director Shawn Tenney states, "Dr. Barton’s students, the University, and the Office of Service-Learning are grateful for her contributions to academic service-learning and her commitment to civic engagement. Many students and community members have benefited from her work and commitment to teaching and learning."