Experiential Learning

CLAS Center for Experiential Learning

CLAS Center for Experiential Learning (CCEL) launched in 2022 to provide support to the strategic direction of the college.

Enquiries about CLAS accredited/certified programs can be directed to the coordinators/directors listed below. For programs that have websites with regularly updated information, links are provided:


Art History (B.A.) - Sigrid Danielson or Kirsten Strom

Athletic Training (M.S.) - Shari Bartz-Smith

Chemistry (B.S.) - Deborah Herrington

Music (B.A., B.M.E., B.M.) - Danny Phipps

Visual and Media Arts


*Information about teacher assisting and student teaching can be found at [coming soon]


Contacts and links for other CLAS programs with experiential learning components are:


Biomedical Sciences – Deb Burg or Daniel Bergman

Cell and Molecular Biology – Mark Staves

Classics Department – Melissa Morison

CLAS Academic Advising Center – Julie Amon-Mattox

English Department – Ashley Shannon

Geography and Sustainable Planning – Amanda Reader

Geology Department – Figen Mekik

History Department – Matthew Daley

Mathematics Department – Robert Talbert

Movement Science Department – Heather Peddie

Music, Theatre and Dance – Beth Gibbs

Philosophy Department – Jeff Byrnes

Political Science Department – Darren Walhof

Psychology Department – Mary Bower Russa

Regional Math and Science Center – Kristofer Pachla

Robert B. Annis Water Resource Institute – Heidi Feldpausch

School of Communications (https://www.gvsu.edu/soc/internship-general-information-94.htm)

  • Advertising & Public Relations - Adrienne Wallace; Yasmin Gopal as of August 15, 2022
  • Communication Studies - Lin Tian
  • Health Communication - Lorie Jager
  • Multimedia Journalism - James Ford


Statistics – Paul Stephenson

Visual and Media Arts


Writing Department – Christopher Toth

Spotlight on AWRI

Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute's (AWRI) is a multidisciplinary research organization within GVSU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with a mission to integrate research, education, and outreach to enhance and preserve freshwater resources. The Water Resources Outreach Education Program delivers hands-on, investigative education about water to the public, with special emphasis on youth. Our floating learning laboratories connect people in west Michigan with local water resources through experiential learning about water quality, aquatic food webs, and human impacts on water resources.

Participants aboard an educational cruise serve as freshwater scientists, collecting data and observations about the water bodies through which they sail. Since 1986, over 185,000 students (fourth grade through adults) have experienced hands-on science on Lake Michigan and adjoining waters through these programs. Offered onboard GVSU's research and education vessels D.J. Angus (docked in Grand Haven) and W.G. Jackson (docked in Muskegon), the program serves school groups as well as other organizations. Both vessels are used for AWRI research projects as well as the outreach program.

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