Patricia Wisniewski, Ed.D.



 This award is given to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in community-based learning (CBL) pedagogy as demonstrated by meaningful integration with course or program content that incorporates integration of theory with practice, direct engagement with community members, and personal and critical academic reflection. The recipient has a thorough understanding and appreciation of community issues and prioritizes developing ongoing commitment to reciprocal, collaborative relationships with community partners. This award is a special recognition of the faculty member’s efforts to incorporate and advocate for CBL and to enhance The University of Scranton’s contribution to the common good.

The recipient of this year’s CBL award is Dr. Patricia Wisniewski. Dr. Wisniewski joined the University in 2013 as a Faculty Specialist in the Occupational Therapy Department.

Dr. Wisniewski also serves as a community-based Learning Faculty Fellow. The program seeks to recognize, reward, and support exemplary faculty who are eager to fully integrate Community-Based Learning as an intentional pedagogical strategy into their courses and/or curricular-based projects. This academic experience involves students working with individuals, groups, or organizations in ways structured to meet community-defined needs.

As part of the program, Dr. Wisniewski designed three CBL projects that involve the following organizations: (1) The Recovery Bank, where her students will participate in a therapeutic healing group for adults in recovery from substance use disorders (2) Scranton Tomorrow, where the students will complete a walkability study in the downtown section of Scranton and (3) UNC, which are being completed during this Spring 2023 semester where her occupational therapy students are collecting data for a high-traffic walkability study for safety and accessibility.

As her nominator stated, “I cannot imagine a faculty member who is more invested in CBL and more deserving of the Community Based Learning Provost Enhancement Award. Her commitment to creating transformative learning experiences for our students through CBL is truly an example of Magis.”

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