Interview with Susan Jaret McKinstry about teaching a new ACE Course

7 May 2022
Susan Jaret McKinstry

ACES associate director Emily Seru recently sat down for an interview with Susan Jaret McKinstry, Helen F. Lewis Professor of English about her experience introducing an applied ACE component to her English course: News Stories, ENGL 265.

This interview highlights some of the ways that the structure of the course lent itself well to the addition of an applied ACE component; Jaret McKinstry’s reflections on student learning, challenges and highlights of the ACE partnerships; and advice she has for faculty members considering how to add an ACE applied component to an existing course. Jaret McKinstry worked with Carleton’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement to partner with three community organizations for the ACE components of the course: The League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls, Ruth’s House of Hope, and the Lower Phalen Creek Project.