Dr. Katherine McCormick
Dr. Katherine McCormick is the Senior Provost Faculty Fellow within the Division of Student and Academic Life (SAL) at UK. She is a Professor in the College of Education and has a long history of practice and scholarship in service-learning. She has held the James W. and Diane V. Stuckert Endowed Professorship in Service-Learning since 2007. Dr. McCormick is a Professor in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education and has been actively involved in a number of program, department, college and university initiatives at UK. She served as Chair of UK's Faculty Senate (2016-18), and has served as the Program Chair and Chair of the College of Education Faculty Council. Her university service has included Senate Council membership, and chair and member of the Senate's Retroactive Withdrawal and Appeals Committee. She has served on the Graduate Council, the Academic Area Advisory Committee for the Social Sciences and the University Appeals Board.
Dr. McCormick is active in teaching, research and service. She has participated as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on numerous projects funded by private foundations or state and federal agencies. While in Georgia, Dr. McCormick was appointed by the Governor to chair the Georgia Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention. In Kentucky, Governor Beshear appointed her to the Early Childhood Authority. She serves on numerous college and university committees as well as state and national boards including editorial board membership for the premier journal in her discipline, the Journal of Early Intervention.
Dr. McCormick attended Auburn University for her Ph.D. and the University of Alabama Birmingham for advanced degrees in School Psychology. Dr. McCormick has worked as a classroom teacher of young children with developmental delays and as a school psychologist. She also directed a rural migrant program and taught at-risk adolescents and youth in an alternative school program.
Todd Stoltzfus is the Program Director for Service-Learning and Community Partnerships within the Division of Student and Academic Life (SAL)& at UK where he supports campus-wide service-learning and civic engagement initiatives. Previous to this position, he helped support UK's student-led Center for Community Outreach (CCO) as well as DanceBlue. The CCO connects thousands of UK students to service activities in the community every year through short and long-term volunteer opportunities, internships, and issues-based programming. Todd also led the Social Enterprise and Innovation / Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Program at UK. The CNP program was a co-curricular certificate program designed to equip students to enter into, and succeed in, the nonprofit and social enterprise fields. CNP offered service-learning opportunities for students across academic disciplines. Todd has over 10 years of international experience at nonprofits and at the U.S. Department of State working on complex humanitarian emergencies and refugee assistance programs, particularly in Africa. He also brings 10 years of business management, finance, and negotiations experience from a Fortune 500 company. Todd received his bachelor's degree at Georgetown University (School of Foreign Service) and a Master's in Public Administration (MPA) at Cornell University (Cornell Institute for Public Affairs).
Dr. Ashley Sorrell
Dr. Ashley Sorrell splits her time as a Senior Consultant at the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) and as the Assistant Director of Graduate Student Professional Enhancement for the Graduate School. In both capacities, she provides instructional support for graduate teaching assistants and coordinates the pedagogy track of the Grad Degree program, which offers credentialing in thematic areas of teaching and learning. Her work with teaching assistants has expanded to include workshops on career diversity for graduate students considering positions outside of the academy. Ashley also consults with faculty on inclusive teaching pedagogies, student engagement strategies, and collaborative pedagogies. Before joining CELT, Ashley was a teaching assistant for UK's Department of History, where earned her PHD and was awarded the campus-wide Provost Outstanding Teaching Award. Ashley continues to teach courses in history, civic engagement, women and gender studies, and in the Preparing Future Faculty program.
Lisa Higgins-Hord is the Assistant Vice President for Community Engagement at the University of Kentucky. Lisa holds a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from UK’s School of Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. In addition to her dedication to the UK community, Lisa is also co-chair of the Equity Fund at the Bluegrass Community Foundation, executive producer of mini documentaries for the Kentucky Civic Rights Hall of Fame, and a committed member of Breaking the Bronze Ceiling Committee. Recently, Lexington’s Mayor, Linda Gorton, named Lisa the new Urban County Council member for the 6th district. Lisa’s connections and dedication to the Lexington community are endless.
Amanda Royer is the AmeriCorps VISTA Civic Engagement Advisor. Amanda’s work at the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement focuses on outreach to the community, research, assessment, marketing, and program implementation. Amanda is a 2018 graduate from Murray State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership Studies. Amanda is also a 2020 graduate of Missouri State University, where she earned a Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in Public Policy. Amanda has a passion for nonprofit organizations and community engagement. Amanda is a proud Kentuckian and is happy to encourage civic engagement at the University of Kentucky and in the Lexington community.
If interested in learning more about Service-Learning, please contact Todd Stoltzfus at Todd.Stoltzfus@uky.edu.