National coalition names Ball State Professor winner of its prestigious award

Ball State University News News RSS October 15, 2018

Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,000 colleges and universities committed to the public purpose of higher education, has announced Eva Zygmunt, Helen Gant Elmore Distinguished Professor of Elementary Education and co-director of the Alliance for Community-Engaged Teacher Preparation at Ball State University, as the recipient of the 2018 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award.
The award is bestowed annually to recognize one faculty member and up to four finalists for exemplary leadership in advancing student civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal partnerships, building institutional commitments to engagement, and enhancing higher education’s contributions to the public good.
“Campus Compact has long maintained that higher education has a special responsibility to build partnerships with primary and secondary schools to ensure educational equity and opportunity for all young people in America,” said Andrew Seligsohn, president of Campus Compact. “Eva Zygmunt has demonstrated in practice that such partnerships can make a profound difference for children in schools today and for the next generation of teachers. Through her scholarly efforts, she has shared what she has learned with all of us concerned about educational equity and quality. I am thrilled that we can celebrate Professor Zygmunt’s extraordinary accomplishments.”
Zygmunt was selected for her groundbreaking work in teacher development. She has long been a national leader in community-engaged teaching, and is a co-founder of The Alliance for Community-Engaged Teacher Preparation, a research distribution network showcasing best practices in engaged teacher preparation from colleges and universities throughout the country.
Her work, including the Schools Within the Context of Community program she started at Ball State, has been instrumental in training future teachers in thoughtfully engaging communities to work toward social justice and educational equity in the classroom. During the past nine years, this program has been transformative for students in the low-income Whitely neighborhood of Muncie, Indiana.
The program succeeded by creating an …

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