POULTNEY-The Vermont Campus Compact announced this week that Jacob Park, associate professor of business strategy and sustainability at Green Mountain College, has won the VCC Engaged Scholar Award for 2010.
On April 14, Park's wife and son will receive the award on his behalf at the Vermont Campus Compact annual statewide recognition reception and ceremony. The presentation concludes the 2010 New England Regional Campus Compact Conference "Higher Education and the Greater Good: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century" at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington.
GMC faculty member John Van Hoesen will also be honored at the conference. He is an assistant professor of geology and environmental studies, and was named as a finalist for the Award for Excellence in Community-Based Teaching.
The Engaged Scholar Award recognizes a Vermont faculty member whose academic life embodies community engagement and problem-solving as an integral part of his/her teaching and research. The engaged scholar recipient involves community partners and students in the discovery, integration, application, and dissemination of new knowledge for public purpose and connects their scholarship to solving pressing social, civic, economic, and moral problems.
According to GMC Provost William Throop, "Park's work at the intersection of business strategy, sustainability, and public policy regularly involves students in research or community projects that benefit external partners while at the same time enhancing student skills. All of his courses have a significant project component that engages students in real world problem-solving."
Most recently, he helped students develop a service learning project on the carbon offset issue, which was a critically important in advancing the overall GMC's carbon neutrality and campus sustainability planning process. His students in the Professional Development and Management Practicum course helped Central Vermont Public Service Corporation strengthen the community-based marketing capacity of its Cow Power program, while his Building Sustainable Communities course enabled his students to develop a long-term business strategy for the Nature Conservancy's Champlain Valley Plant Restoration Nursery.