Developing an urban park proposal in collaboration with local residents (community-based learning)
Teaching art to school-age children on Saturday mornings (community-based and service learning)
Interning with a New York City graphic design firm during summer break (internship)
Spending a semester in London as part of your theatre degree (study abroad)
Those are just a few examples of how students in the College of Arts and Architecture “engage” in their learning outside the classroom, through experiences that contribute to their academic, personal, and social growth and development. We encourage our students to seek out and cultivate these opportunities that not only complement their coursework, but also help them grow both academically and personally.
Penn State is committed to engaged scholarship and members of the University community are working toward creating more opportunities outside the traditional academic environment, such as community-based learning, service learning, internships, capstone experiences, study abroad, and more. For more information on Penn State’s Engaged Scholarship efforts, visit engagedscholarship.psu.edu.
Within the College of Arts and Architecture, there are several projects that support or enhance engaged scholarship efforts:
A&A Arts Ambassadors
A&A Arts Ambassadors represent the College of Arts and Architecture at University functions, assist with recruitment efforts, and lead tours throughout the year. They promote the idea of all students having meaningful arts experiences at Penn State by showing how it is part of the campus culture, similar to attending sporting events or participating in THON. This project is built on the principle of students engaging other students to be active participants in their college experience.
The President’s Council consists of student leaders of various University organizations and clubs. The council’s goal is to act as a forum for communicating ideas and concerns and promoting events.
University Park Salon Conversations
The Salon Conversation series is a student-centered discussion platform where students, faculty, and staff from across the University address topics that are of interest and relevant to life at Penn State and beyond. Participants come together to think, speak, listen, inspire, increase knowledge, break down barriers, build a diverse community, and amuse one another, through casually moderated conversations.
Live It and College of Arts and Architecture Collaboration
Live It allows instructors to easily facilitate engaging and impactful out-of-classroom experiences that integrate with their course objectives. Students connect to rich, interactive experiences that enable them to develop critical skills for success that complement the college degree. Such skills include teamwork, conflict resolution, leadership, and resilience. The Live It platform also helps students to establish professional online portfolios early in their academic career, capturing and sharing their career readiness directly with recruiters. The Live It portfolio is the perfect place to capture your experiences as an Arts Ambassador, member of the President's Council, participant in Salon Conversations and working toward your micro-credentials. For more information, visit liveitu.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The A&A Micro-Credentialing project, to be launched in spring 2016, is designed to recognize and encourage the efforts of students who support the college’s mission to produce skilled, industrious, and creative thinkers with a global sensibility. Students are able to obtain micro-credentials in four areas: Arts Advocate, Leadership in the Arts, The Networker, and The Globalist/Culturalist. These categories can help students to focus their interest while seeking student engagement opportunities in the College of Arts and Architecture.
Micro-Credentials can be incorporated into resumes, e-portfolios, and professional online profiles to highlight your achievements related to the arts at Penn State and your active involvement in your learning experience beyond the classroom.
For more information on engagement efforts and projects please contact:
Wilna J. Taylor, M.S.
Arts Engagement and Programming Manager
College of Arts & Architecture
103 Borland Building
University Park, PA 16802
Wilna J. Taylor is the Arts Engagement and Programming Manager for the College of Arts and Architecture. She serves as a member of the college leadership team in support of strategic objectives to make the arts and design central to students’ experience, both within the college and across the University Park campus. Her role includes development and implementation of programs and services that promote and enhance student interaction with the arts.
In addition to being an arts advocate, Wilna is an actor and writer. Her other experiences include serving as the interim artistic director for the Walt Whitman Art Center of Camden County, assistant director for practice development at Psychiatric and Addiction Services of Southern New Jersey, and program coordinator at King County Superior Court in Seattle.
She earned her bachelor of arts in psychology at Rutgers University and a master of science in arts administration at Drexel University.