PPS Experience (PPSE) Minor

Mark Justad

The PPSE minor is an issues-based teaching and learning experience. It is designed for Guilford students to achieve a minor in Principled Problem Solving. Each PPSE minor is created by a faculty teaching team and includes an experiential learning component such as an internship, fieldwork, travel seminar, project or other non-traditional learning opportunities. The PPSE minor involves 3-4 semesters of course work in which students can achieve a total of 16-18 academic credit hours.


Take a PPS Class

J-Term 2015

PPS 250 100 Ways to Change the World

Kim Yarbray

So you want to change the world? This class will get you into the community to explore how organizations and practitioners (including many Guilford alums) are addressing significant social and ethical concerns. You will develop a portfolio of understanding that will help you seek change in ways consistent both with your own values and the lens of principled problem solving. Focus issues for this class include sustainability, incarceration, education, and community building.

PPS 350 Investigations into Economic Class in America

Delilah White

This course provides a unique means of exploring the impact of economic class on oneself and society. As investigators using "hands-on" and experiential learning techniques, you will examine the hidden rules of society, the effect of normalization on social issues, define what constitutes stability in America, and build resources and skills that will empower you to build your own social capital and relationships of mutual respect. Costs: $500, and housing/meals according to policies. Satisfies the social justice/environmental responsibility requirement.

PPS 450 Study Abroad - Costa Rica Surfing Centuries

Maia Dery

Legendary surfer Dorian Paskowitz said, “Surfing re-creates you. “ So does your education. This course will give you an opportunity to learn to surf; we’ll use a collection of primary sources and academic research as lenses for viewing many problematic histories and contemporary challenges while also reflecting on your education. Indigenous culture, colonialism, segregation, technological history, gender and race relations, and sustainability are just a few of the concepts we’ll wrestle with as we immerse our minds and bodies in this challenging experience. Estimated cost: $3,260 plus airfare. Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA, historical perspectives, 88 credits. Fulfills IDS requirement.

Spring 2015

PPS 111 Civic Engagement Explorations

Further consideration of civic engagement and what is required of citizens in a healthy democracy. Seminar format, includes community engagement hours requirement. Prerequisite: PPS 110 or instructor permission.

PPS 211 Change, Innovation and Impact

Jennie Knight

This course explores principled problem solving through an extended examination of organizations and the individuals who make them work. The class will read materials that examine the nature of rganizations that seek social change and innovation using a variety of methods and resources. Particular attention will be given to studying what makes organizations effective in accomplishing social change, innovation and impact. In addition, the class will focus on issues and concerns related to ethics and/in leadership within the selected organizations and beyond. Students are required to undertake 50 hours of assigned fieldwork for this course. The class is limited to students in the PPS Scholars Program.

PPS Faculty Seminar

Jennie Knight

PPS Faculty Seminar is an opportunity for Guilford College faculty and staff to learn about “best practices” for community-engaged teaching, research and problem-solving. The seminar is designed for participants to acquire knowledge and skills that shape the cultivation or re-design of courses to include community-engaged teaching and learning components.

Seminar Objectives

In the PPS Faculty Seminar, you will:

  • Explore student learning outcomes for community-engaged learning
  • Learn best practices as voiced by community partner organizations and agencies
  • Engage ethical, philosophical and pedagogical issues involved in community-engaged teaching, research and problem-solving
  • Experience the local Greensboro community
  • Receive individualized support in developing community partnerships, community-engaged assignments and syllabi plans

Seminar Participants

All Guilford College faculty and staff teaching courses at Guilford are eligible to apply.

Seminar Offerings

  • Each participant will receive a stipend of up to $1,000. This includes $750 for completion of the seminar and an additional $250 after submitting a revised course plan or syllabus following the seminar.
  • The seminar meets for six (6) three-hour sessions over the course of two weeks during the early summer.
  • After completing the seminar, participants will receive individualized support from CPPS, the Bonner Center, the Office of Undergraduate Research, and the Internship Office in the Career Development Center (depending upon the nature of the course and project that is developed during the seminar).
  • The following academic year, seminar participants will meet monthly as a cohort for mutual networking, trouble-shooting, brainstorming and support.

Application Process

Write a letter of interest with a description of a course you would like to cultivate or re-design to implement community-engaged teaching, research, and/or problem-solving. Email the letter of interest to Dr. Jennie S. Knight, director of engaged teaching for the Center for Principled Problem Solving, .