David M. 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.

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, MSW

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 Graduate 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, graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011 with majors in Global Studies and Women’s Studies and a minor in Social and Economic Justice, 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.  Kimmie enjoys connecting faculty, students, and community stakeholders in ethical, intentional, and lasting collaborations in Durham.

Betsy Alden, D.MN.

Betsy Alden, D.MN.

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.

Ruth Eckles

Ruth Eckles

Office: 217 Civitan Bldg, Durham, NC 27710

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.  As a freelancer, Ruth specializes in producing promotional videos and other multimedia content for non-profits and small businesses to help develop their online presence. She thrives on developing projects that show our interconnected humanity and help to create positive change. Favorite things: time with friends (outside!), hiking, cooking, movies/documentaries, and playing music.