Dr. Johanna Birkland joins the Center for Engaged Learning as Director of Student Research

Dr. Johanna Birkland poses for photo outside building

Providing opportunities for hands-on student academic research is one of the hallmarks of a Bridgewater College education.

“Research is one of the ways we empower unique, creative minds and give students the confidence to fully engage the processes that make them successful contributors to their communities,” said Center for Engaged Learning Director Dr. Jamie Frueh. 

Starting July 1, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Theatre Dr. Johanna Birkland will take on a new position as Director of Student Research, housed in the Center for Engaged Learning. In her role, Birkland will explore ways that Bridgewater encourages, facilitates and celebrates student research in order to create synergies that will benefit students.

“Being involved in research as an undergraduate myself was a transformative experience,” Birkland said. “The skills learned in student research can be applied to all careers. Undertaking student research is also an opportunity for students to develop different kinds of connections with faculty, staff, alumni and the community than they might typically find in the classroom.”