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. Contact Briani Meyers 919.660.3075 to arrange a meeting time.

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.


Dane Emmerling

Dane Emmerling

Assistant Director, Duke Service-Learning

Phone: (919) 668-4134

Dane 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, serving as co-advisor for the student group LEAPS, and managing the program's communications, finances, and events. Dane joins the team after working in several areas of the community engaged learning field including positions as an evaluator of training programs for the Developing World Healthcare Technologies Lab at Duke, a site coordinator for DukeEngage, and an instructor and program coordinator for the APPLES Service-Learning Program, a part of the Center for Public Service at UNC. Dane received his Master's in Public Health, focused in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In his free time he likes to cook and go see live music.

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: (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: (919) 684-2384

Ruth supports Duke Service-Learning by telling the rich stories of community-engaged learning, and by planning and coordinating events. 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 help to create positive change.