IAS Colston Research Fellow Dr Cheryl Siemers, University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska, USA

16 February - 10 April 2015

Cheryl Siemers (Ph.D. Rhetoric and Linguistics, Indiana University of Pennsylvania) is Associate Professor of English and Co-Chair of Arts and Sciences at Kenai Peninsula College, a branch campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage. Dr. Siemers serves as Facilitator of the Service-Learning Faculty Scholars program, on the Native Education Group. Dr. Siemers has presented at national and international conferences on the subjects of interdisciplinary service-learning, indigenous education, and community-engaged scholarship. Along with colleagues in the Department of English, she has won two national awards for engaged teaching and learning and for reaching across borders with community partnerships and service-learning. Recent scholarship includes a co-authored article (2014) entitled “Transforming Place-Bound to Place-Rich” for the International Journal of Diversity Education. Most recent conference presentations (International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement and Community College National Center for Community Engagement) focus on incorporating local knowledge and Native ways of knowing in building and sustaining community partner relationships. Dr. Siemers holds a doctoral certificate in Strength-based Higher Education and has participated in regional and national forums for women in higher education leadership.

For more information regarding Dr. Siemers's visit please contact Dr Angela Piccini.