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.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.