IARSLCE is pleased to announce that the following individuals are the recipients of the 2016 IARLSCE annual recognitions.
Barbara Jacoby, Distinguished Research Recognition
Barbara Jacoby is Faculty Associate for Leadership and Community Service-Learning at the University of Maryland, College Park. In this role, she facilitates initiatives involving academic partnerships, service-learning, and civic engagement. Dr. Jacoby launched community service-learning at the University of Maryland in 1992. She served as Senior Scholar for the Adele H. Stamp Student Union from 2005-2011, Director of the Office of Community Service-Learning from 2003 to 2005, Director of Commuter Affairs and Community Service from 1992 to 2003, and Director of the Office of Commuter Affairs from 1983 to 1992, all at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Jacoby received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in French Language and Literature in 1978. She is Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs. She teaches doctoral and undergraduate courses, including the community-engaged course, Now What? Composing a Life of Meaning and Purpose, which served as the basis for her 2014 TEDxUMD talk on Navigating the Quarterlife Crisis.
Dr. Jacoby’s publications include seven books: Service-Learning Essentials: Questions, Answers, and Lessons Learned (Jossey-Bass, 2015), Looking In, Reaching Out: A Reflective Guide for Community Service-Learning Professionals (with Pamela Mutascio, Campus Compact, 2010), Civic Engagement in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices (Jossey-Bass, 2009), Building Partnerships for Service-Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2003), Involving Commuter Students in Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2000), Service-Learning in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices (Jossey-Bass, 1996), and The Student as Commuter: Developing a Comprehensive Institutional Response(ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports, 1989).
Dr. Jacoby has served as Campus Compact’s Engaged Scholar for Professional Development. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education from 1980 to 2011. She has held many leadership positions in NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and ACPA – College Student Educators International. She received the 2010 Maryland-DC Campus Compact Scholarship Award and is an ACPA Senior Scholar Emerita. Dr. Jacoby writes and consults extensively and makes numerous speeches and presentations across the U.S. and around the world. Her institution and professional associations have recognized her outstanding work on behalf of service-learning and commuter students.
Stephanie Stokamer, Early Career Recognition
Stephanie Stokamer is the director of the Center for Civic Engagement and an assistant professor at Pacific University. She has taught and administered community-engaged courses in both undergraduate and graduate programs since 2005. Currently, Stephanie leads implementation of an academic civic engagement requirement, including facilitating a community of practice and professional development opportunities for all partners in civic engagement, managing curricular oversight, nurturing a campus culture of engagement, and assessing outcomes. She is also committed to advancing equity on campus and in community. Stephanie has a doctorate in Educational Leadership and master’s degrees in Postsecondary Education and Social Science, all from Portland State University. Stephanie’s scholarship is focused on service-learning and civic engagement, particularly with respect to pedagogical practices and faculty development. She was the 2011 recipient of the IARSLCE Dissertation Research award for her work, Pedagogical Catalysts of Civic Competence: The Development of a Critical Epistemological Model for Community-Based Learning. In addition, Stephanie is an author of the book Community Partner Guide to Campus Collaborations: Strategies for Enhancing your Community as a Co-educator, a forthcoming faculty guidebook, and several published chapters. Stephanie is an AmeriCorps*VISTA alum and former National Service Fellow for the Corporation for National and Community Service. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, toddler, and new baby.
Nora Pillard Reynolds, Dissertation Recognition
Nora Pillard Reynolds, PhD, is Executive Director of Water for Waslala and Associate Editor and Research Manager for Globalsl.org. She approaches this work from her experiences as a non-profit practitioner, higher education administrator, instructor, and researcher.
Immediately following her graduation from Villanova University in 2002, Nora travelled to Nicaragua for the first time. That trip led her to co-found Water for Waslala, an NGO that works for access to clean drinking water in Waslala, Nicaragua. Water for Waslala has implemented 18 community water projects serving over 3,400 residents while reaching another 3,800+ residents since 2014 through a household filter micro-loan program. Water for Waslala has a team of six employees in Nicaragua and has hosted over 250 Villanova University College of Engineering faculty and students in Nicaragua over the years. Most recently, as the Executive Director, Nora led the acquisition strategy and on April 1, 2016, Water for Waslala was acquired by WaterAid.
During the startup phases of Water for Waslala, she also earned her MA in International Development at La Univerisidad Complutense de Madrid in 2004. When she returned to the U.S. after graduate school, she worked as a 1st grade teacher at Potter-Thomas Bilingual School in North Philadelphia through Teach for America while completing her MS in Elementary Education at St. Joseph’s University in 2006. She returned to Villanova as the Assistant Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships to work in higher education before leaving to pursue her PhD at Temple.
At Temple she taught two community-based learning courses, “Education in the Global City” and “Education for Liberation: Here & Abroad” while pursuing her research focused on community perspectives in global service learning. Her dissertation, Is international service-learning win-win? A case study of an engineering partnership, utilized participatory methods to explore community perspectives in Waslala, Nicaragua about the ten+ year partnership with Villanova University’s College of Engineering. Findings from her dissertation have been published in the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (2014) and in the recent volume International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities (2015). Currently, she serves as Associate Editor of globalsl.org and Research Manager for the Global Engagement Survey.