First-Year Civic Engagement Course Instructor Profiles – Winter 2012

Eric Hartman

Eric Hartman, Ph.D., is an independent consultant supporting nonprofit and higher education institutions' efforts in collaborative community development. He has advanced university-community engagement in more than a dozen communities around the world, supporting water harvesting and women's rights in Tanzania, literacy and numeracy development in Pennsylvania, tutoring and cultural sharing in The Navajo Nation, and increasing educational opportunities in Bolivia. His research and writing focuses on educational strategies that recognize human dignity across borders and engage students as community members and continuous learners.

Eric Hartman, Ph.D., is an independent consultant supporting nonprofit and higher education institutions' efforts in collaborative community development. He has advanced university-community engagement in more than a dozen communities around the world, supporting water harvesting and women's rights in Tanzania, literacy and numeracy development in Pennsylvania, tutoring and cultural sharing in The Navajo Nation, and increasing educational opportunities in Bolivia. His research and writing focuses on educational strategies that recognize human dignity across borders and engage students as community members and continuous learners.

Currently teaching at Temple and Drexel Universities in Philadelphia, Eric is completing Building a Better World: The Pedagogy and Practice of Global Service-Learning (Stylus), as well as the associated Building a Better World Forum for Global Service-Learning. His teaching and community engagement has offered him opportunities as an instructor or consultant for global education with numerous universities, including Arizona State, Bucknell, Cornell, West Virginia University, and The University of Pittsburgh, among others.

Patricia James

Patricia James recently retired as Education Director at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society where she oversaw its signature citizen education programs, Tree Tenders and Garden Tenders, as well as a range of lectures, workshops and educational programs at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Prior to that, Pat was Associate Director for Student Programs and Training at Swarthmore College's Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility for eleven years. In addition to teaching civic engagement courses, she managed the Lang Scholars Program, the Swarthmore Foundation, and was the advisor for student immersion service projects in Nicaragua and post-Katrina New Orleans.

Before joining the staff at Swarthmore, she was Executive Director of Fellowship Farm, a human relations training and retreat center in Montgomery County. Pat has extensive experience as a trainer and community educator on issues related to racial justice, gay rights, domestic violence and violence prevention.

Pat is in the process of completing her first novel. She is an avid gardener, Border collie enthusiast, kayaker, and cross country skier. She lives with her partner in Chester County.

Stephanie Smith Budhai

Stephanie Smith Budhai is a current doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies program at Drexel University. Stephanie has experience as a practitioner and researcher in student affairs and k-12 settings. She has a Bachelor's in Special and Elementary Education from Temple University and is a dual certified Special and Elementary Education teacher in the state of Pennsylvania. Stephanie also holds a Master's of Education in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland College Park and has worked in student affairs in the functional areas of Multicultural Affairs, Residential life, and Career Services. She has taught college courses at both Temple University and the University of Maryland College Park.

Stephanie has conducted multiple research and evaluation studies for the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement and the School of Education at Drexel. In addition to teaching UNIV 101 this quarter, she is also teaching graduate students in the School of Education at Drexel in the Master of Higher Education program. Her research interests include higher education/student affairs, civic engagement, and service-learning. Her dissertation, tentatively titled "Reciprocity in Service-Learning? Examining the Shared Outcomes of Service-Learning for College Students and Community Partners" explores the shared relationship between community partners and college students who experience a service-learning project together. Stephanie is interested and excited to teach the UNIV course because it relates to her research and personal interest of service-learning, civic engagement, and social justice.