Wake Forest University ACE Fellowship Awarded to Heidi Robinson and Dr. Carla Emerson.

Heidi Robinson, InstructorDr. Carla Emerson

Mrs. Heidi Robinson, left. Dr. Carla Emerson, right.

The Department of Counseling’s Mrs. Heidi Robinson and Dr. Carla Emerson are two of the newest recipients of Wake Forest University’s ACE Fellowship Program.

The Academic and Community Engagement (ACE) Fellowship Program, in partnership with the Institute for Public Engagement, the Teaching and Learning Center, and the Dean of the College, provides support for selected faculty fellows interested in incorporating service-learning into their courses. Service learning is defined as a course-based, credit-bearing, educational experience in which students (a) participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and (b) reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.

Mrs. Robinson and Dr. Emerson’s proposal was selected by the Faculty Director of the ACE Fellows Program, a panel of representatives from the Teaching and Learning Center and the Office of the Provost. Applicants are evaluated and selected using the following criteria:


  • Diversity of disciplines or colleges represented
  • Desire to integrate teaching with community engagement
  • Potential as a future advocate of the ACE Fellowship Program and ACE pedagogy


In addition to providing pedagogical programs to enhance teaching, ACE Fellows share their knowledge and experiences in an effort to increase the quality of our courses and generate enthusiasm for community engagement and service throughout campus. Now in its fifteenth year, the ACE Fellows Program provides stipends of $1,250 as well as programs and services designed to enhance teaching and enrich learning. ACE Fellows have the opportunity to work with new and veteran ACE Fellows as they establish relationships with community partners, develop syllabi, and assess pedagogical strategies and outcomes.  ACE® and ACE Fellows Program® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education. Wake Forest University’s ACE Fellows program is not affiliated with the American Council on Education.


The Department of Counseling congratulates Ms. Robinson and Dr. Emerson on their achievement!