Academics

Fellowships

The CPPS Faculty Fellowship offers Guilford College faculty members the opportunity to advance the work of principled problem solving in conjunction with a project consistent with the faculty member’s experience and interests. Possible projects may include but are not limited to a targeted, hands-on PPS project, a PPS research undertaking, creating new or retooling existing syllabi to match PPS priorities, and PPS faculty seminar development. 

A call for letters of interest will be issued in January 2014. For more information, please contact Mark Justad.

2013-2014 Faculty Fellows

  • Julie Winterich, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology - Julie will be developing PPS-related experiences for Women’s and Gender Studies (WGSS) students through internships, service learning and research projects, study abroad experiences and other projects relevant to WGSS students’ interests.
  • Naadiya Hasan, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology - Naadiya will be expanding her Women of Color in the United States class to include civic engagement projects that address the consequences of intersecting social systems of race and gender within major social institutions.

Read about previous faculty fellows here.

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PPS Scholars Program

The Principled Problem Solving Scholars (PPSS) are a select group of rising 2nd and 3rd year students chosen through a rigorous application process each spring. Coming from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, scholars complete a year-long sequence of courses and engaged learning experiences that build their applied knowledge of Principled Problem Solving. The cornerstones of this program are creativity, critical thinking and practical application. Students selected for the program will receive a $1,500 scholarship for the fall and spring semesters and additional financial assistance of up to $3,000 for summer internship expenses. You can fill out an online application form and your references can fill out an online recommendation form

Cape Fear River Basin Studies Program 

The Cape Fear River Basin Studies program is a unique sequence of place-based courses. What is our place? The College, of course, and the city of Greensboro, built on the hills of the Piedmont, the flat coastal floodplain southeast of us, and the beach!

Our streams and rivers (and all we’ve added to them) run into the estuaries around Wilmington, NC and the Atlantic Ocean at Cape Fear. All of these places are one place, each a part of the whole river basin every one of us at Guilford College occupies, depends on, and impacts.

The courses in this program ask students to apply their minds and bodies to some of the contemporary and historical issues facing the Cape Fear River Basin using the framework of Principled Problem Solving. This framework was developed by the Center for Principled Problem Solving, out of the College’s core values and the Quaker testimonies.

We will also use the river basin as a means of complementing the academic experience and of understanding and articulating how your education (at Guilford and beyond) is relevant and applicable to the “real world.” Through a variety of field trips, lectures, and outdoor experiences, you will learn various ways to fuel your intellectual passions.

As the program is still new, all students will be co-authors of their class. Each student will pay particular attention to the possibilities of how we at Guilford College might expand place-based experiential education to incorporate other disciplines and departments while maintaining academic rigor.

Interested in the Cape Fear River Basin Studies Program as a First Year Pre-Orientation experience? For more information about this and other first-year programs, check out our First Year Experience page.

Recent Student Projects

Swine Country documentary - A documentary about concentrated animal feeding operations in the Cape Fear River Basin by Solomon Weiner '14 and Thomas Clement '13. The two worked on this project over three semesters. You can view the trailer on the right side of this page.

A field biology study on the effects of water quality on salamander populations within the Cape Fear River Basin by Hilary Schultz '14. 

PPS Partnership Project Examples

Access Everywhere

A week of events geared toward raising awareness about disability issues on campus, this project served as a capstone for a group of four students who researched and worked on this issue beginning Fall 2009. Project team included Marissa Dungan ’12 (Sociology and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies), Amelia McLaughlin ’11 (History), Reid Perkins ’12 (History), and Darius Verdell ’12 (Health Science).

At Home in the World

This project visually commemorates countless hours of community service completed by Guilford students by telling their stories from the field through pattern, image, and voice. It is a tribute to past and current Guilford students’ engagement as world citizens. The students involved included Kathleen Kennedy ’10 (Art) and Sarah Kelly ’11 (Art).

Building Bridges: Exploring the Athlete-Non Athlete Divide

In an effort to address a feeling of disconnection between students who are athletes and students who are not, the focus of this project was to encourage open dialogue inspired by hosting speakers or other events. Involved in this project is Mandie Baum (Staff Hall Director).

What's your Pleasure?

A semester-long project that explored the power that sexual shame holds over people. This project originated in Professor Heather Hayton’s Summer 2010 English class, Gay, Lesbian, Queer Studies and was continued indepenently by three students, Brian Daniel ’11 (Education Studies), Emma Lovejoy ’13 (Peace and Conflict Studies), and Benjamin Sepsenwol ’12 (Political Science).

Radio Telescope Project

The student team for this project increased their operational knowledge of radio telescopes by bringing Guilford’s telescopes into working order and by creating four lesson plans for Guilford County school chidren. By teaching these lessons, students hoped to bring more hands-on physical science experiences to local school children. The project team included Graham Bryden ’12 (Computing and Information Technology), Melanie Corbett ’11 (Computing and Information Technology), Hanna Seyb ’12 (Physics), and Garrett Tanner ’12 (Chemistry).

Rooting Ourselves in Greensboro: An Alternative Fall Break

Students recognized that a Guilford education can be informed by our local community as well as class work and planned a week of service work at some of their favorite organizations so that other students could learn more about the greater Greensboro community over fall break. This project has since become a regular fall opportunity. Project team included Alyzza Callahan ’09 (Peace and Conflict Studies), Chesapeake First ’11 (Environmental Studies), Courtney Mandeville ’12 (Biology and Environmental Studies), and Hannah Swenson ’11 (Community and Justice Studies). A new group of students continued this project in fall 2011 and 2012.

Chemistry for Kids

In an effort to connect strong academic interest in chemistry to the surrounding community and help young people enhance their science skills, the participants in this project will design, equip, and teach chemistry modules to local middle school children. Project team includes Coy Eakes ’11 (Chemistry), Samantha Huff (Chemistry), Garrett Tanner ’12 (Chemistry), and Gail Webster (Assistant Professor).

Community Kitchen

Food from the cafeteria is often wasted. A local grocery store throws out older produce. People on the streets are hungry. These three things fit together because this project group works to divert food headed to the compost or trash to people that need it. Tinece Holdman (African American Studies) leads this project.

Ten Thousand Villages Internship

Description

Ten Thousand Villages (TTV) is a not-for-profit, fair trade store marketing handicrafts produced by artisans in over 30 developing countries. Their mission is to create work for those who would otherwise be under- or unemployed, and to educate the North American consumer about fair trade. TTV Greensboro has two full-time and two part-time employees, and over 60 volunteers, most of whom work as sales associates. TTV Greensboro is located in Jefferson Village Shopping Center, within walking/biking distance of the Guilford College campus.

Project

The TTV intern will be assigned a project designed around what is happening at the store during that particular semester. Projects typically are related to increasing awareness of fair trade, reaching new customers or improving TTV’s ability to work with volunteers. Examples of projects in the past include:  researching growth opportunities for the Greensboro TTV store; developing a plan for reaching new markets through community education and partnerships with local nonprofits; surveying volunteers to identify ideas for program improvement; and creating a volunteer training manual.

PPS Component

The Center for Principled Problem Solving (CPPS) partners with TTV to offer a PPS internship each semester and summer. The selected intern must:  register for four credits; work at least 144 hours at TTV; write two blog entries for the CPPS blog; and attend up to two CPPS events to talk about your experience in the context of putting core values to work in the world. The intern will receive a $500 stipend ($250 at the beginning of the semester and $250 at mid-term).

Application Process

Complete the web application. Strong applicants will be interviewed by CPPS staff. The top two candidates will be interviewed by TTV staff and they will choose the intern. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled or until the date of Guilford’s deadline to add a four credit internship.

Preferred Qualities in Applicants

Students should be dependable and self-motivated and show initiative in pursuing the goals of the project. Those who are interested in social justice, business, economics, global, and women’s issues will find the work of Ten Thousand Villages particularly appealing.  Staff and volunteers at TTV are passionate about creating economic opportunities which allow their artisan partners to build a better life for themselves and their families (through the practice of fair trade). To accomplish this mission, TTV needs bright, determined individuals with skill, commitment and deep respect for the artisans with whom they work. If you are looking for a work environment that values self-starters and creativity, offers a unique business and nonprofit experience, and you want to know that your time and efforts will benefit the underprivileged, Ten Thousand Villages Greensboro is the place for you.
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Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library Internship

Description

Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library, a branch of the Greensboro Public Library, is located close to the Guilford campus in the 98-acre Price Park. (Price Park includes a bird and butterfly meadow, reading garden, walking trails, ponds, and wetlands.) In addition to popular collections, the library also has an extensive collection of nature, gardening, and environmental resources for children and adults. The library organizes special events related to environmental issues and sustainability.

Project

The KCEFB intern will be assigned a project designed around what is happening at the library during that semester. Projects typically are related to the ambitious schedule of special events offered by the library staff.  Examples of projects in the past include:  reducing the ecological footprint of the Earth Day event; planning and implementing a portion of the summer program for children; organizing and supervising participation in the on-site garden.

PPS Component

The Center for Principled Problem Solving (CPPS) partners with KCEF Branch Library to offer a PPS internship each semester and summer. The selected intern must: register for four credits; work at least 144 hours at KCEF; write two blog entries for the CPPS blog; and attend up to two CPPS events to talk about your experience in the context of putting core values to work in the world. The intern will receive a $500 stipend ($250 at the beginning of the semester and $250 at mid-term).

Application Process

Complete the web application. Strong applicants will be interviewed by CPPS staff. The top two candidates will be interviewed by KCEFB staff and they will choose the intern. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled or until Guilford’s deadline to add a four credit internship.

Preferred Qualities in Applicants

Students should be interested in exploring issues related to sustainability. Students must be able to represent the KCEFB Library in a professional manner by being conscientious with good follow through, and polite in organizational meetings and in dealing with the public.

PPS Partnership Projects

PPS Partnership Projects offer students, faculty and staff the opportunity to apply for and receive project grants of up to $1,000 and administrative support that can be used to address issues in the world through a PPS lens. View the PPS Partnership Project Information and Proposal Requirements and complete the PPS Partnership Project Application.