On 4 August 2015, Dr Robert D. Shumer, Founding Director of the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse and former co-director of the Center for Experiential Education and Service-Learning, University of Minnesota, signed an agreement with SIM University (UniSIM), becoming a member of the UniSIM College (UC) Service-Learning Resource Panel. In this capacity, he will advise UC faculty and staff on the UC Service-Learning programme.
A pioneer and one of the primary researchers in the field of service-learning, Dr Shumer has developed the largest source of information on service-learning in the United States. He has conducted more than 30 studies and published more than 80 articles, book chapters and books on topics including service-learning, experiential learning and civic engagement.
From 4 – 6 August 2015, Dr Shumer delivered a series of seminars and workshops at UniSIM to a diverse range of audiences. He shared his knowledge and experiences with pre-tertiary educators at the "Effective Student & Community Engagement for Character and Citizenship Engagement" workshop, and UniSIM faculty and staff at the "Service-Learning Philosophy, Pedagogy and Evaluation" seminar. Dr Shumer also reached out to youths, speaking to student leaders in UniSIM's full-time programmes on "Service-Learning & Youth Leadership Development", and was the key speaker at the "Connecting Service, Work-Based Learning, and Civic Engagement – Different Agendas, Common Roots" dialogue – hosted by UC as part of the National Youth Council's YOUTHSPEAK series of SG50 conversations.
Dr Robert Shumer delivering a seminar to UniSIM faculty and staff on "Service-Learning Philosophy, Pedagogy and Evaluation".
Dr Robert Shumer guiding the "Effective Student & Community Engagement for Character and Citizenship Engagement" workshop participants through their discussions.
Dr Robert Shumer hearing out the ideas of UniSIM's full-time programme student leaders.
Dr Robert Shumer speaking with youths and young working adults at the "Connecting Service, Work-Based Learning, and Civic Engagement – Different Agendas, Common Roots" dialogue session, organised by UC as part of the National Youth Council’s YOUTHSPEAK series of SG50 conversations.