Wanda Ruffin, an associate professor of psychology at Hood College in Frederick, won the 2012 Maryland-DC Campus Compact Service-Learning Award. The Germantown resident received the award Oct. 26 in recognition for incorporating civic engagement into her curriculum.
The MDCCC gives out three of the awards to a faculty member each in state universities, community colleges and independent colleges and universities.
Ruffin is also academic adviser and an adviser to student organizations at Hood College. “[She]encourages students to integrate service learning into their academic classes through independent study, volunteering and research activities. She believes that affording students the opportunity to participate in service learning is critical to generating a rigorous academic and learning environment and that learning through service helps students apply abstract classroom theory to real world situations,” college spokeswoman Ilene Liszka said in a press release.