Educating Service Members with the Warrior-Scholar Project

Professional headshots of School of Government faculty members Trey Allen and Charles Szypszak

UNC School of Government faculty members Charles Szypszak and Trey Allen will again join the Warrior-Scholar Project as volunteer instructors this summer. This non-profit initiative gives enlisted service members the learning strategies and academic skills they need to operate as effectively in college as they do in the military.

Set to be held virtually the week of June 22-26, 2020, the Warrior-Scholar Project provides small groups of veterans and active duty service members with tutoring and mentoring for their transition from the armed services to the college classroom. These courses are held annually during the summer at the nation’s leading universities. UNC-Chapel Hill is one of 20 institutions nationwide to serve as a host.

For the past several years Allen and Szypszak have taught in the project’s Humanities Curriculum, “From the Battlefield to the Classroom.” Both are grateful for the opportunity to work with those who served in the military as they make their transition to the classroom and future civilian leadership.

Szypszak teaches a unit titled “Public Service in Contemporary American Democracy: Crossing the Civilian-Military Divide,” which examines the concept of citizenship and what is required of citizens in a successful democracy. At the School of Government, he provides counsel to public officials on real property registration and conveyance laws, teaches the introduction to law course and a leadership course in the Master of Public Administration program, and also teaches an introduction to legal thinking course in the university’s undergraduate curriculum.

Allen’s unit, “The Declaration in Context: The American Ideal of Democracy,” aims to encourage thinking about government as a cultural and philosophical ideal. His work at the School focuses on teaching, advising, and writing about the general regulatory and enforcement powers of local governments, local government liability, and board procedures.

Both Allen and Szypszak served as commissioned officers in the U.S. Marine Corps. Szypszak was an intelligence officer and the commander of a surveillance and target acquisition platoon and deployed to Okinawa, Japan, and Korea.  Allen was a judge advocate and deployed to Okinawa and Baghdad, Iraq, as the deputy legal advisor with the multinational Iraq Survey Group.