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The Outline of Dr. Hutchinson's research efforts appear below:

First-Year Seminars:

She has examined the impact of service-learning on freshmen students enrolled in HDFS 287X.


  • Presentations
    -FYS and Service-learning: A Focus on Retention. Conference on the First-Year Experience, 2007.
    -Measuring the Impact of Experiential Education in First-Year Seminars. Conference on First-Year Experience, 2007. (with Brian Mauro)
    -Service-Learning Pedagogy and Student Persistence: Building Community Within the Community. International Conference on Service-Learning Research. 2006.
  • Publications
    -Hutchinson, M.C. (2008). Service-learning and first-year programs: Examining literacy. In LaBare, M. (Ed.), Civic engagement in the first year of college. Columbia, SC: National Resource Center for the First Year Experience.
    -Hutchinson, M.C. (2008). Service-learning and first year seminars: A Pedagogy for student perseverance. (Manuscript in progress)
  • Grants
    -Pennsylvania Literacy Corps Program, Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education. Ongoing project to provide a service-learning opportunity for students to serve as adult literacy tutors through HD FS 287X- Community Building, a First Year Seminar Offering.
    July 1, 2007-June 30, 2008, Project Director, Suzy Welliver, Lehigh County Community College, in partnership with Penn State Lehigh Valley (Mary C. Hutchinson), Award: $35,000 (PSU, $8,334)
    July 1, 2006-June 30, 2007, Project Director, Sarina Myers, Lehigh County Community College, in partnership with Penn State Lehigh Valley (Mary C. Hutchinson), Award: $35,000 (PSU, $8,334)
    Prior to July 2006: Received over $200,000 from the Pennsylvania Literacy Program as Principal Investigator and as a partner to provide service-learning opportunity for HDFS 287X students.

Developmental Writing:

She has examined the impact of service-learning pedagogy on students enrolled in English 4.


  • Presentations
    -Service-Learning: Connecting Basic Writing Students with the Community. Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2005.
    -Service-Learning and Academic Literacy: Linking Basic Writing Students, Research and the Community. Conference on Civic Education Research. 2004.
    -Service-Learning Panel Discussion, Kutztown University, April 24, 2002.
  • Publications
    -Hutchinson, M.C. (2007). Service-learning and academic literacy: Linking writing students, research and the community. In J. Hellebrandt and A. Wurr (Eds.), Learning the language of global citizenship: Service-learning in applied linguistics (325-347). Bolton, MA:Anker.
  • Grants
    -Research Development Grant, Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College, 2002. (Received $2500 to examine the impact of service learning on basic writing students)

Business Writing:

She has examined the impact of service-learning on students enrolled in English 202D and English 419.


  • Presentations
    -Service Learning Panel Program, Society of Volunteer of Administrators (Lehigh Valley). November 15, 2005.
    -Connecting Composition and Work Through Service-Learning. Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2004.
    -Service Learning=Increased Value in Social Responsibility: Myth or Reality? Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2003.
    -Living the Rhetoric: The Value of Service-Learning in a Business Writing Course. International Service Learning Conference, 2002.
  • Publications
    -Hutchinson, M.C. (2005). "Living the rhetoric: Service-learning and increased value of social responsibility." Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature Composition and Culture, 5 (3): 427-444.
  • Grants
    -Pennsylvania Campus Contact, 2002. (Received $3,749 to support the implementation of service-learning into the business writing curriculum)
    -Schreyer Institute Travel Grant, University Park, 2004. (Received $500 to support travel to CCCC to present a paper)

English as a Second Language:

Her current research is in examining the impact of service-learning on ESL students and on teachers who work with these students


  • Presentations
    -Service-learning and retention of ESL students. Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Annual Conference, 2008.
  • Publications
    -Hutchinson, M.C. (2008). Service-learning and retention of ESL students. (Manuscript in progress)
    -Hutchinson, M.C. (2008). Service-learning, Pre-Service Teachers and ESL.(Manuscript in progress)
  • Grants
    -Schreyer Institute Travel Grant, University Park, 2007. (Received $500 to support travel to TESOL Annual Conference in 2007 to present a paper)

Other ESL Outreach Scholarship

  • Presentations
    -Better serving the needs of LEP students in the mainstream classroom: Examining the impact of an inquiry-based hybrid professional development program. (Lead author with Dr. Xenia Hadijoannou-Paper accepted for the American Educated Research Association Conference in San Diego, April 2009)
  • Grants
    -United States Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition (2008). Principal Investigator: Mary C. Hutchinson
    Proposal: The Modular Design for English Language Learners
    (MODELL) Instruction.
    ABSTRACT: This five-year program is designed to provide 175 teachers (pre-service/inservice) with a high-quality, credit-based program to address the needs of limited-English proficient (LEP) students.
    AWARD: 1.3 million
    -Financial Support (Conference Registration), 9th National Outreach Scholarship Conference, Penn State University, October 7-9, 2008
  • Other Activities
    -Chair, Penn State EL Conference, Finding Our Voices: An ESOL Strategies Conference, September 27, 2008, Bethlehem, PA
    -Committee Member, Penn State Diverse Literacies Conference, October 4, 2008, Bear Creek Resort and Conference Center, Macungie, PA