The Service Learning Initiative (SLI) is a joint initiative of the University of Arkansas Provost Office, the Honors College, and the Division of Student Affairs with the purpose of formalizing and expanding service learning opportunities on campus.  In 2014, Jennie Popp, Ph.D (Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness) and Angela Oxford (Center for Community Engagement) were appointed as Co-Chairs of the SLI to oversee the academic and community partner facets of Service Learning for the University of Arkansas.

In order to improve SLI outreach, Jennie then requested that the Provost (Dr. Sharon Gaber) appoint a committee that represented all sides of campus. By May 2014, members were drawn from each university college, as well as Honors College, International Education/Study Abroad office, the Law School, University libraries, Graduate School, and the Teaching and Faculty Support Center -- with all committee members having commitment to Service Learning. The purpose of this committee is to organize and enhance service learning at the University of Arkansas.  As part of their duties, SLI committee members assist with faculty course designation. Every semester (and, if necessary, multiple times during a given semester), all course designation applications are reviewed by committee members who then vote whether they should each be designated. They also select winners of the annual SLI faculty award as well as the recipients of the annual faculty travel and development grants. 

FUll Committee

For more information or questions, please contact your representative below:

Fay Jones School of Architecture
Gabriel Diaz Montemayor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
Casey Kayser, Ph.D.

College of Education and Health Professions
Lisa Bowers, Ph.D.

College of Engineering
Kevin Hall, Ph.D.

Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences
Donia Timby, Ph.D. 

Sam M Walton College of Business
Amy Farmer, Ph.D. & Rogelio Contreras, Ph.D amyf@uark.edu , rogeliog@uark.edu

Grad School and International Education/Study Abroad
Megan Hull

Student Success at The CORD                                                                Jen Edwards, Ph.D.                                                             jre018@uark.edu

Honors College
Chelsea Hodge

School of Law
Amelia McGowan & Annie Smith, J.D.                 am242@uark.edu , abs006@uark.edu

University Libraries
Kara Flynn

Teaching and Faculty Support Center
Richard Cassady, Ph.D.

Center for Community Engagement
Claire Allison

Honors College/Division of Agriculture
Jennie Popp, Ph.D., Past Chair

Service Learning Graduate Assistant
Shalini Rana

Committee Leadership

Jennie Popp

Dr. Jennie Popp
Past Chair

Dr. Popp was the Past Chair for the Service Learning Initiative and is Associate Dean of the Honors College. She received a B.S. degree in Economics and Finance (with a minor in French) and an M.S and Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from Colorado State University. Dr. Popp has been a faculty member of the Department of Agricultural and Economics and Agribusiness since 1998.  She was part of the team of UA faculty that developed and executed UA’s interdisciplinary international service learning course, in Belize.  She co-led the agricultural project in Belize for five years.  Dr. Popp’s interdisciplinary research activities focus on addressing issues of agriculture and the environment.  Dr. Popp has taught a variety of courses for the University of Arkansas, in the areas of natural resource and environmental economics, sustainability, and service learning/community development.



Shalini Rana
Graduate Assistant

Shalini Rana is the graduate assistant for the Service Learning Initiative. She received her B.A. degrees in Creative Writing and Professional & Technical Writing from Virginia Tech in 2018. Shalini is originally from Northern Virginia, where she was a proposal writer and elementary school creative writing teacher. As a former Girl Scout and Honors College student at Virginia Tech, she is excited to help the Service Learning team serve students and faculty across campus. Shalini is currently an M.F.A. candidate in Poetry at the University of Arkansas.