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Research that Reaches Out Resources

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The materials listed below include many ideas and resources that pertain to our QEP "Research that Reaches Out". These resources have been gathered by Mercer faculty and staff across many departments and are intended to assist faculty members with contextualizing Research that Reaches Out and the three Grand Challenge themes (personal well-being in 2017-2018 & 2020-2021, social responsibility in 2015-2016 & 2018-2019, and economic freedom in 2016-2017 & 2019-2020). The resources should assist with conceptualizing and delivering courses that deal with these topics in various disciplines. Please forward suggestions for additional items to include in this list to Amy Tureen at .





Levitin, D.J. (2014, August 9). Hit the reset in your brain. The new york times. Retrieved from:

Nieusma, D. (2011). Engineering, social justice, and peace: Strategies for pedagogical, curricular, and institutional reform. Retrieved from:

O'Sullivan, P. and Ngau, O. (2014). Whistleblowing: a critical philosophical analysis of the component moral decisions of the act and some new perspectives on its moral significance. Business ethics: A european review, 23: 401–415. doi: 10.1111/beer.12058

Rattue, P. (2012, June 17). How music benefits the brain. Medical news today. Retrieved from:

Sammons, J.L. (2008). Censoring samba: An aesthetic justification for the protection of speech. Stetson law review, 37(3). Retrieved from:


Service Learning Theory

AAHE's Series on Service-Learning in the Disciplines - Various Locations

Academic service learning: A pedagogy of action and reflection - LC221 .A23 1998

Advancing knowledge in service-learning: Research to transform the field - LC220.5 .I58 2006

Campus Compact's Introduction to service-learning toolkit : readings and resources for faculty - LC220.5 .I59 2003

Experiencing service-learning - LC220.5 .K76 2011

Integrating learning communities with service-learning -  LB2331 .I585 2003

Integrating service-learning into the university classroom - LC221 .B68 2011

International service learning : conceptual frameworks and research - LC220.5 .I585 2011

Learning the language of global citizenship: Service-learning in applied linguistics - P53 .L4315 2007

The measure of service learning: Research scales to assess student experiences - LC220.5 .B75 2004

Putting the invisible hand to work: Concepts and models for service learning in economics - HB74.5 .P87 2002

Research on service learning (2 volumes) - LC220.5 .R477 2013 v.2a&b

Research on service learning: Conceptual frameworks and assessment: Communities, institutions, and partnerships - LC220.5 .R476 2013 

Service learning and learning communities: Tools for integration and assessment- LC220.5 .O28 2003

Service-learning code of ethics - LC220.5 .S457 2005

Service-learning in higher education: Critical issues and directions - LC221 .S39 2005

Service-learning through a multidisciplinary lens -  LC220.5 .S476 2002

Service-learning: Engineering in your community -  T65.5.S47 S475 2014

Service-learning and the first-year experience: Preparing students for personal success and civic responsibility - LC220.5 .S455 2002

Where's the learning in service-learning? -  LC220.5 .E95 1999

Writing partnerships: Service-learning in composition - PE1404 .D387 2000


Finley, A. (2014). Civic learning and teaching. Retrieved from:

O'Neill, N. (2012). Promising practices for personal and social responsibility: Findings from a national research collaborative. Retrieved from:


International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering, Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship

Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management


Journey to planet Earth: Rivers of destiny [DVD] - GE140 .J68 2007  v.1

Journey to planet Earth: The urban explosion [DVD] - GE140 .J68 2007  v.2

Journey to planet Earth: Land of plenty, land of want [DVD] - GE140 .J68 2007  v.3

Journey to planet Earth: On the brink [DVD] - GE140 .J68 2007  v.4

Journey to planet Earth: Seas of grass [DVD] - GE140 .J68 2007  v.5

Journey to planet Earth: Hot zones [DVD] - GE140 .J68 2007  v.6

Journey to planet Earth: Future conditional [DVD] - GE140 .J68 2007  v.7

Journey to planet Earth: The state of the planet [DVD] - GE140 .J68 2007  v.8

Journey to planet Earth: The state of the planet's wildlife [DVD] - GE140 .J68 2007  v.9

Journey to planet Earth: The state of the ocean's animal [DVD] - GE140 .J68 2007  v.10

Journey to planet Earth: The state of the planet's ocean [DVD] - GE140 .J68 2007  v.11

Journey to planet Earth: Plan B mobilizing to save civilization [DVD] - GE140 .J68 2007  v.12

Library of Congress. (Weekly). Music and the brain. [Podcast]. Retrieved from:

Radiolab. (2014, September 18). Juicervose. [Podcast]. Retrieved from:

Service learning at Mercer University. [VHS] - Special Collections


AAC&U Civic Learning Resources

AAC&U Integrative Learning Resources

AAC&U Initiatives on Global Learning & Social Responsibility

American Society for Engineering Education – Community Engagement Division

Community Music Works

Engineering for Social Justice

Grand Challenges for Engineering

HealthFinder (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

TRUNCEN (The Research University Civic Engagement Network) Exemplars of Engaged Scholarship

Grand Challenges

Personal Well-Being (2017-2018)

"It’s not ‘What do I want to do?’, it’s ‘What kind of life do I want to have?"

– Thrive by Ariana Huffington



Resources that explore the nature and challenges of attaining personal well-being.


Black well-being: Health and selfhood in antebellum black literature - EBOOK

Child poverty and inequality: Securing a better future for America's children - HQ792.U5 L57 2009

Children's understandings of well-being: Towards a child standpoint - EBOOK

Community well-being and community development: Conceptions and applications - EBOOK

Eat, pray, love: One woman's search for everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia - G154.5.G55 A3 2007

Education for sustainable happiness and well-being - EBOOK

Exploring positive psychology: The science of happiness and well-being - EBOOK

The good life: Aspiration, dignity, and the anthropology of wellbeing - HN25 .F57 2014

Handbook of community well-being research - EBOOK

Handbook of eudaimonic well-being - EBOOK

Happiness and goodness: Philosophical reflections on living well - BD431 .C224 2015

The happiness project - BF575.H27 R83 2009

Health improvement and well-being: Strategies for action - EBOOK

How to be alive: A guide to the kind of happiness that helps the world - ON ORDER

Identity economics: How our identities shape our work, wages, and well-being - HB74.P8 A4944 2010

Let your life speak: Listening for the voice of vocation - BV4740 .P35 2000 

Life-changing magic of tidying up: The Japanese art of decluttering and organizing - ON ORDER

Life within limits: Well-being in a world of want - DT516.4 .J33 2011

Measuring happiness: The economics of well-being - HN25 .W4313 2015

The philosophy of well-being - EBOOK

Positive psychology: A toolkit for happiness, purpose and well-being - EBOOK

Resources for teaching mindfulness: An international handbook - EBOOK

Stability of happiness: Theories and evidence on whether happiness can change - EBOOK

Subjective well-being: Psychological predictors, social influences and economical aspects - EBOOK

Teaching happiness and well-being in schools: Learning to ride elephants - EBOOK

Thrive - ON ORDER

Wellbeing: The five essential elements - ON ORDER

Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Résumé - ON ORDER

When breath becomes air - RC280.L8 K35 2016




Haushofer, J. & Fehr, E. (2014). On the psychology of poverty. Science, 344(6186), 862-867. Available:, Note: If direct link does not work, access via University Libraries e-journal finder.

Horn, S. (2013, July 25). Ode to joy. Slate. Retrieved from

Kelly, A. (2012, December 1). Gross national happiness in Bhutan: The big idea from a tiny state that could change the world. The Guardian. Retrieved from

Lama, T.D. & Brooks, A.C. (2016, November 4). Dalai Lama: Behind our anxiety, the fear of being unneeded. The New York Times. Retrieved from

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. (n.d.) Ethical decision making. Retrieved from:

Petrzela, N. M. (2016, May 1). When wellness is a dirty word. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from

Rauch, J. (2003, March). Caring for your introvert. The Atlantic. Retrieved from:

Underwood, E. (2014). Can disparities be deadly? Science, 344(6186), 829-831. Available:, Note: If direct link does not work, access via University Libraries e-journal finder. Science, 344(6186), 829-831.




Bhutan: The Pursuit of Gross National Happiness. [Streaming Video]. Retrieved from

Emanuel, G. (2016, September 3). How domestic violence in one home affects every child in a class. All Things Considered. [Podcast]. Retrieved from

Harris, N. D.. How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across A Lifetime. [Video]. Retrieved from

Inequality for all [DVD] - HC106.84 .I543 2014

Natterson-Horowitz, B. What Veterinarians Know That Physicians Don't. [Video]. Retrieved from

Phillips, E. & Goldberg, C. Magic Pill. [Podcast]. Retrieved from

Strayed, C. & Almond, S. Dear Sugar Radio. [Podcast]. Retrieved from

Vikraman, S. Humans of Mercer - Facebook. [Social Media]. Retrieved from

Vikraman, S. Humans of Mercer - Instagram. [Social Media]. Retrieved from Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. [Image]. Retrieved from



General Resources:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Retrieved from

Global Grassroots - Conscious Social Change for Women. Retrieved from


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