Dr. Sally Stanton discusses service learning

Sally Stanton
Dr. Sally Stanton is currently Executive Director of the Master Singers of Milwaukee, serves on the board of the Boulevard Theatre, and maintains an active consulting practice with community nonprofits on grant writing, fundraising, and management. A Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at UWM, Dr. Stanton holds a PhD in Anthropology, an M.S. in Counseling Psychology, and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies.


How have you integrated service-learning into your community-based work? How has service-learning become part of your online courses?
“Since 2005 I have taught English 443: Grant Writing, an integrated academic service-learning course, and in 2011, I created English 427: Writing for Nonprofits, which includes a group service-learning writing project. Open to students with junior standing or higher, these fully online courses fulfill English and Nonprofit Management Certificate/M.A. program electives. Each 443 student researches, proposes, and is placed with a local nonprofit community agency to write a grant. For 427, I secure service learning sites to work with small groups to design and draft annual reports. All work is virtual – all writing assignments and communication with SL sites count as service-learning hours. The Master Singers of Milwaukee served as a SL site for both classes, with student research and writing from 2017 & 2018 contributing to the Misa Tango project in Kenosha and Milwaukee, March 14-17, 2019.”