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.
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.”