Dr. Susan Hoffpauir and Dr. Nichola Driver will lead a discussion on service learning and student engagement at the inaugural SEC Public Affairs Program Leadership Workshop.
Hosted by the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia and the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas, the workshop is set for November 18-19 in Athens, Ga., and will provide a day of conversations around the shared commitment to public service education.
Leaders of public affairs, public service, and public policy programs from across the Southeastern Conference will come together to facilitate dialogue around expanding student interest in public service careers; share practices to engage faculty in curriculum assessment and the scholarship of teaching and learning; rethink faculty and student engagement wellbeing in the pandemic era; and review cases and resources for classroom instruction.
“Nichola and I are excited to attend the inaugural SEC Public Affairs Program Leadership Workshop,” Hoffpauir said. “It’s a great opportunity to get to know our colleagues in this region better and discuss opportunities and challenges with them.”
The presentation by Hoffpauir and Driver will include information on the Clinton School’s three for-credit field experiences. Intensive experiential learning has defined the Clinton School from its founding, and the school’s field experiences goes far beyond conventional internships. Field experiences are fully integrated into students’ studies and are carefully designed to increase in complexity and independence—reflecting their growth curve as leaders of change.
Hoffpauir serves as Professor and Academic Dean at the Clinton School. She has been instrumental in the Clinton School’s expansion of partnerships in Arkansas, across the nation, and around the world. In Hoffpauir’s tenure, the Clinton School’s Office of Field Services has built a policy and curricular infrastructure that supports partnerships with international host organizations on six continents.
Driver is an Assistant Professor and serves as Faculty Director for the Office of Field Service, overseeing the creation and implementation of partnership recruitment campaigns, orientation programs, student performance evaluations, and partner satisfaction surveys. She teaches Field Research Methods and oversees the school’s Practicum and IPSP experiences.