Congratulations to Dr. Hannah Ashley, recipient of the 2019-2020 WCU Excellence in Service-Learning Teaching Award

Dr. Hannah Ashley, who coordinates the Community Learning Partnership (CLP) program at West Chester University, was recently honored with the “Excellence in Service-Learning Teaching” Award.

As her colleague Dr. Delshad, the Service Learning Faculty Associate, wrote in a newsletter about the award, “Dr. Ashley has made countless contributions to the field of service-learning at and beyond West Chester University over the past two decades. In addition to incorporating high-impact service-learning projects into half a dozen of her own courses and partnering with a wide-range of organizations in our region, Dr. Ashley has also played a central role in creating and leading academic programs focused on community-engagement.”

These programs include, of course, the CLP-affiliated Youth Empowerment and Urban Studies (YES) minor at the undergraduate level, which is built around community engagement in urban areas alongside urban youth, and also the Rustin Urban Community Change Axis (RUCCAS).

As Dr. Delshad further notes in the newsletter, Dr. Ashley has also served for many years on the board of Reflections, a community-based writing peer-reviewed journal, and she has been a mentor for many other faculty as a previous WCU Faculty Associate for Service-Learning and in her ongoing role as a member of the service-learning faculty work group.

Congratulations to Dr. Ashley on the well-deserved recognition!