Klein receives Maine Campus Compact’s Donald Harward Faculty Award

Sharon Klein, an associate professor of economics at the University of Maine, has received the Maine Campus Compact’s Donald Harward Faculty Award for Service-Learning Excellence.

The award recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding Maine faculty members who make public service an integral part of their curriculum, create reciprocal partnerships with communities, and advocate for service-learning.

Klein has been integrating service-learning in her sustainable energy courses since 2015, partnering with the non-profit organization Window Dressers. Her window insert research supported Maine Campus Compact’s grant proposal for the Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship Program (MPES). She also serves as advising faculty for UMaine AmeriCorps volunteers and engages her students in MPES activities.

Klein will receive the award at Maine Campus Compact’s 18th Annual Awards Ceremony at 2 p.m. April 24 at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College.

Maine Campus Compact is a coalition of 18 campuses whose purpose is to catalyze and lead a movement to reinvigorate the public purposes and civic mission of higher education, according to the organization’s website.