Several College of Arts and Sciences units engage local, state, national and international initiatives addressing everything from democratic participation to preparation of teachers for urban school districts. Civic Engagement is important to a well rounded faculty and student base.
The College of Arts and Sciences also partners with the National Area Health Education Center to serve central Illinois through its Applied Social Research Unit.
American Heartland Section of the American Chemical Society . College faculty members engage in outreach on chemical and scientific issues affecting the public; sponsor initiatives to support and recognize the contributions of high school chemistry teachers; and provide ideas, assistance, and demonstrations for middle and elementary school groups.
The Baby Fold . The Family Service Initiative is a partnership between the School of Social Work, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and the Baby Fold that provides an innovative, comprehensive response to families identified as at high-risk for child maltreatment. Families receive expert services from College faculty and students and agency staff. The Department of Sociology-Anthropology has also developed a service-learning partnership with The Baby Fold. Students mentor and tutor foster children and help develop a health education program for the children.
Bloomington-Normal Transit . Faculty and students in the Department of Mathematics conducted a study on the new bus routes in the community and assessed the efficiency of current bus routes as well as the overall effectiveness of the system.
BroMenn and OSF . Under the leadership of Biological Sciences alumna and local emergency room physician, Dr. Kathryn Bohn, the College, in partnership with BroMenn and OSF, maintains a mentoring program for pre-medical students who are mentored by local physicians, veterinarians, optometrists, and dentists.
Central Illinois Neuroscience Foundation, Millennium Pain Center, and Central Illinois Neuro Health Sciences . College faculty members collaborate with local physicians—including Drs. Rasmin Benyamin, Keith Kattner, Ann Stroink, and Ricardo Vallejo—to advance biomedical research. One project involves research on the treatment of chronic pain and its effect on the immune system.
Challenger Learning Center. The Planetarium and the Physics Teacher Education program both have active partnerships with the Center to provide education and research services.
Children’s Discovery Museum . The Physics Department regularly presents “Fun with Physics” at the Children’s Discovery Museum.
Country Insurance Company . A faculty member in the School of Social Work works with County Companies to conduct research investigating reasons why people are either unaware of long-term care insurance or understand its purpose.
Friends of Kickapoo Creek. Faculty members in the College are active in a unique watershed protection group that works for the improvement and ecological sustainability of Kickapoo Creek.
Habitat for Humanity of McLean County . Sociology professor Dr. Thomas Gerschick serves as the faculty advisor for the Illinois State chapter of Habitat for Humanity, which in partnership with the Illinois Wesleyan University chapter, is one of the most successful student chapters in the U.S.
Illinois Attorney General’s Office . Drawing on funding provided by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, the Department of Psychology sponsors For Children’s Sake, a program that provides assessment and treatment by psychology graduate student clinicians for children exposed to domestic violence. The program also partners with the Neville House, a Bloomington shelter for victims of domestic violence.
McLean County Museum of History and David Davis Mansion . Greg Koos, Executive Director of the Museum, and Marcia Young, site manager for the Mansion, are both non-tenure track faculty members in the Department of History and collaborate with the Department to organize conferences and a variety of projects designed to involve secondary and university students in historical research.
Miller Park Zoo . Faculty and students in the Department of Psychology work with the animals at the Miller Park Zoo on behavioral enrichment and behavioral training
Neville House and Stepping Stones . The Women’s and Gender Studies student group (FLAME) partners with Neville House and Stepping Stones to create the Clothesline Project on campus and to organize the community Take Back the Night March to educate the community on issues of violence against women and girls.
The Pantagraph . The School of Communication has developed a formal internship program that provides opportunities for students and fulfills important roles for The Pantagraph.
ParkLands Foundation . College faculty, staff, and students have provided countless hours of expert assistance in ecological restoration and conservation biology to the ParkLands Foundation, a local land trust that focuses on land acquisition and ecological restoration in the upper Mackinaw River. The natural areas owned by the Foundation are critical field sites for teaching at all levels and for faculty and graduate student research.
Sugar Grove Foundation . The Department of Biological Sciences has a longstanding partnership with the Sugar Grove Foundation, which runs the Sugar Grove Nature Center and owns various natural areas at Funks Grove. Faculty, staff, and students provide expert assistance in the ecological restoration of prairie and oak savanna, which allows the Foundation to provide ecological education to the public. The Department receives access to natural areas for teaching and research.
Town of Normal . Students in the College’s Peace Corps Fellows Program work on the Normal Downtown Redevelopment Project; assist the Economic Development Council to update the county’s demographic and economic profile used to recruit new businesses and residents; and coordinate with People First of Illinois to address lack of affordable, accessible housing for people with disabilities
Administrative Office of Illinois Courts . A faculty member in the School of Social Work conducts workshops in the 11th Judicial Circuit on “Dual Risk” cases—those cases coming before the courts in which children are considered at risk of abuse or neglect because of domestic violence in the home.
Illinois Department of Commerce . Faculty and students in the College’s Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development prepare economic impact analyses for communities in Illinois.
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency . The Department of Geography-Geology provides continuing education for IEPA professionals.
Illinois State Geological Survey . Faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Geography-Geology provide three-dimensional geologic mapping and research on aquifer characteristics of buried bedrock valleys, including the Teas-Mahomet, the principal aquifer for much of central Illinois.
Nicor, Inc . The Department of Geography-Geology provides mapping and hydrogeologic analysis of NICOR’s underground storage fields in central Illinois.
Charron Institute of Missouri . The College partners with the Institute, which owns a property in the town of St. Genevieve where a faculty member in the Department of Sociology-Anthropology runs a summer archaeological field school examining the lives of French and African Americans in the late 1900s and early 1800s.
Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute. The Institute helps fund the College’s Center for Adoption Studies, which conducts research on adopted children and their families in Illinois; develops and provides training to child welfare, mental health, and other professionals; and oversees the state’s Adoption and Guardianship Preservation program.
Institute for Regulatory Policy Studies . The Institute, housed in the Department of Economics, serves to provide education, communication, and research on policy issues of interest to consumers, regulators, and utilities in Illinois and throughout the nation.
Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory . A National Science Foundation grant in the Department of Biological Sciences creates a partnership sending students to the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in the summer for research on field ecology, physiology, and cellular and molecular biology involving euryhaline fish (killifish).
U.S. Forest Service . A faculty member in the Department of Sociology-Anthropology partners with the Service to run a summer archaeological field school on Grand Island, Michigan, where students excavate a Lake Woodland village site.
U.S. Department of Agriculture . In collaboration with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the College’s Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development is working to redevelop environmentally degraded sites in rural Illinois by offering services for provision of strategic planning opportunities and grant-writing expertise for communities that are struggling economically.
Dong Ah College of Broadcasting (South Korea). Faculty in the School of Communication conduct workshops for Korean Students and sponsor an annual student exchange program with the College.
Institute of Economics (Zagreb, Croatia). Through this academic partnership, Professor Rajeev Goel serves as a visiting scholar to the Institute, conducting seminars as well as collaborating on research projects.
National University of Ireland (Galway). The College partners with the National University of Ireland to run a summer archaeological field school in central Ireland, where faculty and students study Irish peasant life in the mid-19th century.
Negocia (Paris, France). This is a summer program for Illinois State students in Paris. The College is currently developing a student exchange program.
Peking University (China) .The College maintains a National Science Foundation REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) partnership with scientists at Peking University, where students from Illinois State participate in research projects.
World Vision (Romania). A faculty member in the School of Social Work has developed a collaboration with social work practitioners in Romania associated with World Vision—a nongovernmental social service agency—to develop strategies for advocating for greater recognition by the Romanian Ministry of Labor of social work as a profession that requires university preparation.