Hughes Awarded 2012 Service Alliance Fellowship

Hughes with studentsDavid Hughes, assistant director of the Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development (CIECD) within the School of Agricultural, Forestry and Environmental Sciences (SAFES), has been named a 2012 Clemson University Service Alliance Fellow.

Service Alliance Fellows are chosen based on their demonstrated commitment to advancing Clemson’s service-learning program through teaching service-learning and community-based research courses. Hughes was one of eight fellows chosen for the award.

"I am very excited about the opportunity that the Service Alliance Fellowship provides for Clemson students to assist South Carolina communities and nonprofit organizations in dealing with a variety of community development and economic development issues," Hughes said.

As a Service Alliance Fellow, Hughes will teach at least one course utilizing service-learning or community-based research, conduct a 90-minute service-learning workshop, and serve as a consultant and mentor to faculty interested in designing and revising courses to include a service-learning component.

In his current role with the CIECD, Hughes designs and delivers regional, rural, and community economic development outreach activities such as economic impact analysis, workforce development, entrepreneurial development, and agricultural-based rural development.

The CIECD connects the resources of Clemson University and other agencies to the needs of South Carolina communities in the areas of capacity building and leadership development, economic development, primary and applied research, and environmental sustainability, and in the process engages Clemson undergraduate and graduate students with service-learning opportunities.

The Clemson University Service Alliance promotes both public and campus awareness of public service, community service and service-learning efforts at Clemson University.