Dr. Nichola Driver has been announced as the new Faculty Director for the Office of Community Engagement. Driver, who joined the Clinton School faculty in July 2018 as a professor for Field Research Methods and Program Evaluation, will provide leadership and strategic vision for the Office of Community Engagement.
Driver will oversee the school’s annual field service projects, including needs assessments, program evaluations, and field research design and analysis. Additionally, she will develop curricula, design course assignments, and evaluate student performance.
The Clinton School was the first public service program to integrate field service into its degree curriculum as an academic credit. Twenty-five percent of the MPS degree curriculum comes from direct field service learning. Since the school opened its doors in 2005, Clinton School students have combined to total more than 350,000 hours of non-classroom work – equaling more than 40 years of civic engagement.
Driver will facilitate the development of new strategic partnerships with public service organizations hosting student field projects. She will oversee the creation and implementation of partnership recruitment campaigns, orientation programs, student performance evaluations, and partner satisfaction surveys.
Driver holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree in public administration from UA Little Rock.
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