Anthropology professor Nolan Kline recently received the Early Career Engaged Scholarship Faculty award from Florida Campus Compact. The award recognizes and honors at least one faculty member who has between one and five years of full-time college-level experience for contributing to the integration of service and/or community-based learning into the curriculum.
Kline—an applied medical anthropologist—graduated from Rollins with a degree in anthropology in 2008 and is now continuing collaborative relationships in the community that he started when he was a student.
Kline’s work is specifically informed by activist and engaged anthropological perspectives that aim to diminish power differentials between researchers, community members, research participants, and students. He works to form collaborative relationships characterized by mutual accountability, reciprocity, and a shared commitment to advancing a common social justice goal. Kline has done extensive work regarding poor health among vulnerable populations, including migrant farmworkers in Central Florida, undocumented immigrants in Atlanta, and LGBTQ+ Latinx groups in Orlando.
“Engaged research and teaching provide a way to address pressing social problems through collaborative relationships with community organizations and students,” says Kline. “I’m beyond honored to receive this award; it reflects core values that are important to me, my discipline, and the College.”
Since arriving to Rollins in August 2016, Kline has taught three community engagement courses—Introduction to Global Health, Activism and Social Change, and Applied Anthropology—in which his students have focused on issues like inequalities in HIV/AIDS care, food insecurity, voter rights restoration, and early child development.
Kline recently partnered with international relations and Spanish double major Mary Vickers ’19 on a project through the Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program. Their valuable research provided several important deliverables to the Farmworker Association of Central Florida and the Hope CommUnity Center regarding the effect of the presence of police patrol on fear levels and access to health care in immigrant communities.