Shannon Hoffman, community service coordinator at Rhodes, has been recognized as a National Bonner Fellow by the Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation. The foundation works in partnership with more than 65 colleges and universities across the U.S. to foster the integration of civic and community engagement with curricular teaching and learning.
Bonner National Fellows, made up of exceptional and talented staff and faculty from across the network, offer their experience on various topics such as training and meeting design, staff transitions, community partnerships, and student leadership development. In addition to professional development opportunities, National Bonner Fellows play a leadership role in national meetings, including those sponsored by the Bonner Foundation, Association of American Colleges and Universities, and Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education.
At Rhodes, Hoffman manages both the Bonner Scholar Program and Kinney Program, two of the college’s premier service initiatives. This is the second year she has served on the national level sharing resources and ideas, including strategies for understanding the needs of diverse, first generation students and supporting students’ college persistence.
Hoffman earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University. She came to Rhodes in 2013 and says she not only enjoys nurturing student development and reflection, but also the opportunity to support other professionals. “My favorite part of being a fellow is gathering perspectives and ideas from coordinators and directors to ensure that our network models our professed values of collective voice and shared power.”
The Bonner Scholars Program at Rhodes was established in 1992. Learn more.