April 20, 2024

Sunshine Brosi featured in USU Today

Sunshine Brosi is an associate professor of wildland resources in the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources at USU’s Eastern Campus in Price, Utah.

Sunshine is passionate about teaching and has developed and instructed six Community-Engaged Learning courses that have been taught in-person and online.

In addition to the USU Faculty Fellowship in Community Engagement, Brosi has received several awards for teaching and student mentoring, including the Center for Intersectional Gender Studies and Research Teaching Fellows and the USU Empowering Teaching Excellence Teaching Excellence Scholar.

Brosi leads Community-Engaged Learning courses that address land, water and air issues in rural Utah with federal and state agency collaboration. Her undergraduate students’ community-engaged research includes occupancy surveys of kit foxes, migration corridors for pronghorn, and other wildlife projects.

Brosi’s scholarship of teaching and learning research focuses on the transformative nature of community-engaged activities and how they assist students in developing their identities as scientists. Projects are driven by agency professionals in the field and students present their research back to the agency at the end of each semester, providing valuable career connections and skills.

Brosi is also actively involved in mentoring high school students at the National 4-H Forestry Invitational and at Carbon High School 4-H & FFA Rangeland Career Development Events.

The Faculty Fellowships in Community Engagement will begin in January of 2024, and faculty will serve for two years. Faculty Fellows will help advance Community-Engaged Learning course development, Community-Engaged Research, and Community-Engaged Departments, and also mentor and train new faculty on CEL pedagogy.

For more information on the USU Center for Community Engagement, please visit www.usu.edu/community-engagement.