Eastern Michigan professor honored for leadership, contributions to learning and community service

by Amber Ratliff, Published March 03, 2014

YPSILANTI - Jeannette Kindred, a professor at Eastern Michigan University, has been honored by the Michigan Campus Compact for her dedication and commitment to her community and for her efforts with the Academic Service-Learning program at EMU.

Kindred received the Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award during the Civic Engagement Institute 2014 Awards ceremony, held in Grand Rapids, on Monday, Feb. 3.

EMU's Jenny Kindred, left,  was recently honored by the Civic Engagement Institute for her work with students

The award recognizes Kindred’s influence on students and their level of engagement in community service and service learning through their various academic service-learning projects at EMU. Academic Service-Learning projects are intended to teach students about meaningful community service and help students gain a deeper understanding of the community they live in. Kindred currently oversees more than 65 service-learning projects annually.

Kindred, a professor of communication, has worked with students to develop strategies to ensure student success in their academic service-learning projects. Through Kindred’s capstone course entitled “Communication Capstone,” students have provided more than 1600 hours of service to the local Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, and Washtenaw County Community in the past year.

Michigan Campus Compact is a coalition of college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purpose of higher education. The coalition promotes the education of Michigan college students and encourages them to be engaged in their community through community service, service learning projects and expanding academic learning beyond the classroom.

For more information about the award and Professor Kindred’s contributions, please contact Jeannette Kindred directly at jkindred@emich.edu.


Pamela Young

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