Kathy Mercuris, PT, D.H.S., associate professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, was selected as a 2016-2017 Iowa Campus Compact Engaged Scholar Faculty Fellow. The fellowship provides an opportunity for faculty interested in developing and expanding their engaged scholarship practice. Mercuris is developing a teaching module for D.P.T. students to understand the purpose of self-assessment and reflect upon their service learning experiences.
“The ability to self-reflect is inherent to lifelong learning and the ongoing ability to provide quality health care throughout one’s career. A curriculum heavy in basic sciences often does not allow the time and opportunity to develop this skill set,” she says. “The development of an online tutorial for reflection would be valuable for students in all of our programs.”
Des Moines University joined Iowa Campus Compact as a member institution in 2014. Iowa Campus Compact advances the public purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. Faculty Fellows create new or improved course or scholarship projects that benefit their discipline and the field of community engagement.
Mercuris is the second DMU faculty member awarded an Iowa Campus Compact fellowship. Laura Delaney, M.P.A.S., PA-C, is part of the 2015-2016 Iowa Campus Compact Engaged Scholar Faculty Fellow cohort.