Provost's Advisory Board for Academic Community Engagement

The Provost's Advisory Board for Academic Community Engagement supports the Center for Service Learning in enhancing and promoting service learning at Western Carolina University. Specifically, the Board reviews service-learning initiatives, recommends pertinent policies and procedures, and promotes reciprocal relationships among campus and community stakeholders.

Chaired by Rick Westerman, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Macon/Jackson County, the 12-member Board is composed of faculty, staff/administrators, students, and community partners. The 2018 Board consists of five faculty members, three administrators, two students, and two community partners.

The Center for Service Learning is an academic and administrative support unit of the Office for Undergraduate Studies and a major contributor to the implementation of the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The award-winning Center also functions as the coordinating unit for campus–community partnerships, which provide a foundation for civic engagement initiatives throughout the western North Carolina region and beyond.



Advisory Board 2018

Rick Westerman
Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Macon/Jackson Co. - Chair of the Board

Rebecca Mathis
Director of Community Engagement, Blue Ridge Health - Vice Chair of the Board

Patricia Bricker 
Associate Professor, Assistant Director, School of Teaching and Learning, WCU

Martha Diede
Director Coulter Faculty Commons, WCU

Heather Mae Erickson
Assistant Professor, School of Art and Design, WCU

Avery Minnick
Student, WCU

Jessica Olshefski
Graduate Assistant, Center for Service Learning, WCU

Lane Perry
Director, Center for Service Learning, WCU

Bill Richmond
Professor, College of Business, WCU

Arthur Salido
Executive Director of Community and Economic Engagement and Innovation, WCU

Beth Wall-Bassett
Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences, WCU

Office of Web Services