David Malone

David M. Malone

Faculty Director, Duke Service-Learning; Professor of the Practice, Program in Education

Office: 213 West Duke Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 660-3075

Office Hours: By appointment. To arrange a meeting time, please contact Vandora Ross at 919.660.3075 or

Educational psychology, school psychology, student-centered approaches to teaching and learning, experiential and service-learning, innovative educational approaches in higher education.

David joined the faculty of Duke in 1984 and teaches courses in educational psychology, literacy, and service-learning. Working closely with colleagues at Duke and in the Durham Public Schools, David helped develop a service-learning/tutoring program that matches about 300 Duke students each year with children who need assistance in reading, math, and academic learning strategies. In 2006 David was named Faculty Director of the Office of Service-Learning within Trinity College, and shortly afterward the office was administratively housed within the Program in Education and re-named Duke Service-Learning.


Amy Anderson

Amy Anderson

Faculty Consultant, Duke Service-Learning; Assistant Professor of the Practice, Program in Education

Office: 1364 Campus Drive, 213 West Duke Building, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 613-5285

A primary focus of Amy’s work with Service-Learning is the development of an evaluation and assessment plan to measure the impact of service-learning on various constituents in the university community. As a professor in the Program in Education, Amy teaches service-learning courses in Foundations of Education and Critical Studies in Education. Amy’s research interests include service-learning, the assessment of service-learning outcomes, social foundations of education, curriculum theory, and feminist theory. I care about: community, encouraging meaningful student pathways through the integration of curricular and co-curricular experiences, commitments to Durham Public Schools. I can help you with: engaged pedagogies and creative options for critical reflection.


Joan Clifford

Joan Clifford

Faculty Consultant and Director of Community-Based Language Initiatives, Duke Service-Learning; Assistant Professor of the Practice, Spanish Language Program, Romance Studies

Office: 2122 Campus Dr., Room 206, Box 90269, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 684-0774

As Director of the Community-Based Language Initiative (CBLI), Joan focuses on connecting Duke language students with diverse language groups in the community in order to deepen knowledge about our communities, to engage in intercultural and linguistic learning, and to work in solidarity to support organizations and individuals. Currently faculty and students in Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Persian, and Spanish are participating in CBLI. Joan has been actively involved in service-learning since 2005 in a range of roles: teaching, training, consulting, and mentoring. She regularly teaches service-learning course in Spanish, such as Latinx Voices in Duke, Durham, and Beyond, and Community-Based Research with Spanish-Speakers. Joan has presented her work and research at national service-learning conferences and has been involved in community-based research. In 2012 she was the recipient of the Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Award for faculty.




Kimmie Garner

Kimmie Garner, MSW

Assistant Director, Duke Service-Learning

Office: 213 West Duke Building, Campus Box 90739, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: +1 919 668 4134

Kimmie supports Duke Service-Learning by assisting the Director with strategic planning, representing the program to the community, facilitating the application of the service-learning designation in the registration system, supervising a cohort of Service-Learning Assistants, and managing the program's communications, finances, and events. Kimmie honed a foundation in reciprocal partnerships among faculty, students, and communities as a student participant and organizer in UNC’s APPLES Service-Learning Program and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011 with majors in Global Studies and Women’s Studies and a minor in Social and Economic Justice.  She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Montana, and served in hospital and clinic environments in Montana, New Mexico and Boone, NC as a bilingual perinatal social worker, lactation counselor, and maternal and child health grant coordinator prior to joining the Duke Service-Learning team.  Kimmie enjoys connecting faculty, students, and community stakeholders in ethical, intentional, and lasting collaborations in Durham.


Kathy Sikes

Kathy Sikes

Program Director

Office: 213 West Duke, Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: +1 919 668 4138

As Senior Fellow for Civic Engagement at Duke Service-Learning, Kathy explores the connection between community-engagement and high impact practices at Duke. She collects and disseminates best practices while seeking funding to expand training and program opportunities. Formerly Senior Assistant Director for Student Programs and Outreach at DukeEngage, Kathy brings a deep commitment to the practices that result in both student learning and community benefit. Prior to DukeEngage, Kathy was a faculty member in the Program in Education, the administrative director for the International Center for Service-Learning in Teacher Education (ICSLTE), the executive director for the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE) at UNC-CH, and the education director for the Durham Literacy Center. Currently, Kathy volunteers as a voter protector for Democracy North Carolina and in her spare time, enjoys gardening and doing yoga. You might also find her teaching Koru meditation at DuWell!


Ruth Eckles

Ruth Eckles

Communications & Events Specialist

Office: 213 West Duke Building, Campus Box 90739, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: +1 919 684 2384

Ruth creates communications plans, writes stories, takes photos and video, updates websites and social media, and more as the communications point person for Duke Service-Learning. Ruth has a (BA) in Philosophy/Religion from St. Andrews and a (MA) in Interactive Media from Elon, with a focus on multimedia storytelling.  Ruth also freelances producing promotional videos and teaches as an adjunct professor at Elon. She thrives on developing meaningful stories that show our interconnected humanity.


Betsy Alden

Betsy Alden

Student Liaison/Facilitator, Duke Service-Learning; Adjunct Lecturing Fellow, Program in Education

Office: 102 West Duke Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: +1 919 660 3033

One of the founders of the service-learning movement at Duke, Betsy Alden retired as the program's director in 2007. Betsy's current involvement includes serving as co-advisor for the student group LEAPS, training peer reflection facilitators, and connecting with service-learning alumni. Betsy Alden was the inaugural recipient of the Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award for faculty given by NC Campus Compact, and Duke Service-Learning presents the Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Awards each spring. Betsy also helped start the Duke Alums Engage program, which hosts service experiences for alumni in dozens of cities each year.


Service-Learning Assistants (SLAs)

Service-Learning Assistants (SLAs) work closely with faculty teaching undergraduate service-learning courses, performing tasks such as facilitating community placements; serving as a liaison between faculty, students, and community partners; and leading critical reflection activities. SLAs play an integral role in supporting our faculty and we couldn't fulfill our mission without them. Learn more here.

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