Posted by William Nunnelley on 2010-07-19


Samford University has received a Bringing Theory to Practice grant from the Charles Engelhard Foundation of New York City to take part in a national project to foster student health and civic development through engaged learning.

Developed in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the program provides start-up grants to more than 60 universities across the nation to participate.  Samford’s grant is $5,000.

“The project is another example of Samford’s continuing commitment to providing transformative learning experiences for all students,” said Dr. David W. Chapman, dean of Samford’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences.

The grant will enable Samford to incorporate additional emphasis on such areas as health behaviors, service learning and greater civic engagement into its core curriculum courses, said Dr. Rosemary Fisk, associate dean of arts and sciences.  Samford faculty are working this summer on ways to implement these features into the core courses this fall.

The core curriculum provides an academic foundation for a student’s liberal arts education regardless of major field of study.  All freshmen are required to complete the core, which includes courses in communication arts, cultural perspectives, Biblical perspectives and concepts of fitness and health.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.