In Our November, 2017 Issue:

Psych professor authors new book on community development


With con­tri­bu­tions from col­leagues at Metro State, Pro­fes­sor August John Hoff­man has authored and edited “Cre­at­ing a Trans­for­ma­tional Com­mu­nity: The Fun­da­men­tals of Stew­ard­ship Activ­i­ties.” The text­book exam­ines how com­mu­nity ser­vice pro­grams ben­e­fit vol­un­teers and their neigh­bor­hoods. It was pub­lished Oct. 11 by Lex­ing­ton Books.

Pro­fes­sor Michelle Filkins, Library and Infor­ma­tion Stud­ies, and 2017 Indi­vid­u­al­ized Stud­ies grad­u­ate Desiree Weins con­tributed to the book. Filkins and Hoff­man co-​authored chap­ter 8, enti­tled “Evolv­ing and Essen­tial Orga­ni­za­tions that Facil­i­tate Stew­ard­ship within the Com­mu­nity: Com­mu­nity Schools and Libraries.” Weins wrote chap­ter 6 of the text­book titled, “Eat­ing Virtue Brings Com­mu­nity Growth: Prin­ci­ples of Whole­some Foods Every­body Can Consume.

Accord­ing to Hoff­man, stu­dents who study psy­chol­ogy, soci­ol­ogy, eth­nic stud­ies and urban edu­ca­tion will find the text­book a use­ful resource.

The pur­pose of this text is to help indi­vid­u­als under­stand the dynam­ics of what makes a com­mu­nity stronger, more resilient and how vol­un­teerism plays a vital role in improv­ing our rela­tion­ships with oth­ers,” said Hoffman.

‘Creating a Transformational Community: The Fundamentals of Stewardship Activities’ is available as an e-book in the ProQuest Ebook Central database on the Library and Learning Center website.

In her fore­word to the book, Metro State Pres­i­dent Vir­ginia Arthur described the impor­tance of com­mu­nity ser­vice projects in schools.

The authors of ‘Cre­at­ing a Trans­for­ma­tional Com­mu­nity: The Fun­da­men­tals of Stew­ard­ship Activ­i­ties,’ pro­vide prac­ti­cal exam­ples of pro­grams that engage K-​16 stu­dents in projects that build a sense of self-​efficacy for indi­vid­u­als, break down cul­tural bar­ri­ers and iso­la­tion and build a sense of com­mu­nity within the project team and between the project team and the com­mu­nity which is served,” Arthur wrote.

Cre­at­ing a Trans­for­ma­tional Com­mu­nity” also spot­lights the work of Metro State stu­dents to enhance their edu­ca­tional expe­ri­ence through com­mu­nity ser­vice projects.

The text­book does pro­vide sev­eral exam­ples where Met­ro­pol­i­tan State Uni­ver­sity stu­dents have worked coop­er­a­tively with stu­dents from Inver Hills Com­mu­nity Col­lege in build­ing and cre­at­ing the com­mu­nity gar­den and fruit tree orchard that pro­vides nutri­tious foods to low-​income fam­i­lies through­out the Twin Cities region and Dayton’s Bluff region,” said Hoffman.

Hoff­man is also the author of the 2015 book “Philo­soph­i­cal Foun­da­tions of Evo­lu­tion­ary Psychology.”