ItemThe Paradox of Democracy and Higher Education(The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning, 2014) Moran, ThomasAt the heart of democracy lies a paradox. Democracy is dependent upon citizen participation, but if citizens, exercising the freedom that democracy permits, choose not to participate in the political life of the society, democracy by definition ceases to exist. That paradox confronts higher education today. The question for faculty is how to explore the foundations of civic responsibility in ways that productively acknowledge the paradoxes and the requirements of democratic life in ways that compellingly prepare our students for the civic commitments that they will need to exhibit. ItemIntegrating Civic Engagement with the Online Classroom: Lessons from Tennessee State University(The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning, 2014) Robinson, CaraThe promotion of active citizenship and a commitment to public service while providing an environment of experiential learning and activity in traditional classrooms with traditional students can be tough enough; however, the task is exponentially more difficult in an online classroom of non-traditional students. The Urban Studies and Nonprofit Management programs at Tennessee State University (TSU) continue to explore ways in which to integrate their programmatic commitments to civic education, service learning and community engagement while understanding the changing landscape of the student body and the demand for online education. This paper reviews the challenges faced by online educators and offers potential solutions for online civic engagement and citizenship curriculum based on the experience of educators at TSU. ItemWriting for the Community: Building Better Citizens in the Professional Writing Classroom(The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning, 2014) Devine, JuliaIn the fight for the future of the humanities, can teaching grant writing help? This article explores the relationship between civic engagement, the humanities, and the nonprofit world. I demonstrate how my grant writing class gave students not only professional grant writing experience, but also engaged them deeply in the Plattsburgh community and the wider world. I conclude that a classroom emphasizing collaborative learning and community connections makes students into better professionals and better citizens. ItemService Learning as a Pedagogical Tool for Citizen Stewards(The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning, 2014) Kulkarni, TaraService-Learning is an effective pedagogical tool in which students apply their classroom learning to help communities in need. Six service-learning projects were conducted in an introductory environmental engineering classroom. In four of the six projects, undergraduate students worked with local K-12 school students in various projects involving Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in environmental science and engineering. This paper describes two of the projects, and some student reflections along with my notes on the experience.