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Spark: Faculty

Vail Fletcher PhD

Vail Fletcher PhD Associate Professor, Communication Studies

"If we’re enjoying the learning process and we’re able to model that with sincerity and passion, we’re giving the greatest gift we can give, which is this deep relationship to learning."

Tara Prestholdt PhD

Tara Prestholdt PhD Associate Professor, Biology and Environmental Studies

"I’m so grateful and fortunate that Vail and I are able to do this course every two years. It is a rejuvenation of what we hope and care about and to see the students respond is transformative."

For additional exploration of experiential learning at the University of Portland, please see their recently published paper The Value of Experiential Learning: a Case Study with an Interdisciplinary Study Abroad Course.