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Gretchen Wheeler

Gretchen Wheeler

Director of Center for Learning through Service, Casper College

Grethchen Wheeler has a MA in communication and performance and has been an instructor in the communication department at Casper College in Wyoming since 1986. In 2006, she was appointed coordinator of the service-learning activities campus wide which resulted in the creation of the Casper College Center for Learning through Service (CLS) in 2007.  Gretchen now serves as the Center Director and is responsible for the development and growth of the civic engagement initiative. Gretchen has given numerous presentations on the national, regional, and local levels, promoting the incorporation of service-learning and student civic engagement in higher education.

In addition to serving as the CLS Director, Gretchen continues to teach in the communication department where she integrates service-learning into all of her courses and developed an Honors course in Advocacy and Civic Engagement.  Beyond her other department duties,  Gretchen also coached the National Award Winning, Casper College competitive speech and debate team for over 20 years.  During her tenure, she has received the Burlington Northern Excellence in Teaching Award, the Rosenthal Outstanding Educator Award, Phi Theta Kappa’s Terrific Learning Coach recognition and the 2008 Western Region Faculty Member Award from the National Association of Community College Trustees.


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