Dr. Helen Rosenberg, UW-Parkside professor of sociology, was recently awarded the 2013 William H. Sewell Outstanding Scholarship by the Wisconsin Sociological Association.
This prize acknowledges and honors those who have a record of outstanding scholarly accomplishments in sociology. Dr. Rosenberg credits the award to her work in applied sociological research, inspired by more than 10 years of community engagement projects with her students. She feels that her students gain so much more when they are able to apply assigned readings to real-world experiences.
One of the many strengths of her work is that she discusses community based learning from multiple perspectives, including that of students, faculty, and the institution. Dr. Rosenberg is currently writing an article that compares student enrollment and graduation rates across three universities. She concludes from her research that students tend to be more successful when they enroll full time and take at least one community based learning course. "It's not so much who you are that impacts success in college, but what you do," Dr. Rosenberg said.
Without the experiential learning opportunities available at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, which Dr. Rosenberg credits with a tremendous influence on her research, her teaching would be less than what it is today and her passion for scholarly work would not be realized.