Congratulations to the 2017 IARSLCE Recognition of Exemplary Contribution through Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement recipients!
The Dissertation Recognition acknowledges and celebrates a dissertation that advances research on service-learning and community engagement through rigorous and innovative inquiry and has the potential for impact — including on the study of it, the practice of it, and/or the cultures and systems within which it is undertaken. Congratulations to the 2017 dissertation recognition recipient Dr. Kristi Farner!
Kristi Farner is a Program and Staff Development Specialist for Cooperative Extension at the University of Georgia (UGA) and specializes in institutionalization of strategic changes and support at the organizational and individual levels. She created the operational systems for a newly created Office of Learning and Organizational Development for UGA Extension. Currently, she is working as a co-author on a chapter for The Cambridge Handbook of Organizational Community Engagement and Outreach. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Adult Education at UGA, where she wrote a dissertation titled Institutionalization Community Engagement in Higher Education: Case Study of Processes Toward Engagement. She previously served as the Assistant Director of Leadership Development Programs in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UGA where she worked with a state-wide program supporting the agriculture and allied industries and a national program supporting faculty in the land-grant system.
The Early Career Recognition acknowledges and celebrates intellectual leadership through an emerging body of work that has begun to demonstrate broad and deep impact on service-learning and community engagement — including the study of it, the practice of it, and the cultures and/or systems within which it is undertaken. Congratulations to the 2017 early career recognition recipient Dr. Amy Cook!
Amy L. Cook is an assistant professor in the Counseling and School Psychology Department, College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She received a PhD in Educational Psychology, with a concentration in Counseling Psychology from the University of Connecticut Storrs. She has worked in urban schools and mental health agencies, providing counseling services to students, clients, and families. She speaks Spanish fluently and resided in Puerto Rico, where she attended the University of Puerto Rico. Her research interests focus on reducing racial/ethnic inequalities in education and promoting equity, access, and positive youth development. She focuses on these outcomes through community-engaged research with youth in partner schools and organizations and through school counselor training. She is committed to using scholarly research in a manner that advances democratic collaboration and educational equity. Dr. Cook teaches courses in cultural diversity in counseling; professional, ethical, and legal issues; collaborative consultation in schools; orientation to professional school counseling; research in counseling and psychology, and practicum. Through her teaching, she incorporates community engagement and scholarly research outcomes that prepare graduate students in developing social justice counseling competencies to empower urban youth.
The Distinguished Career Recognition acknowledges and celebrates intellectual leadership through a body of work that has broad and deep impact on service-learning and community engagement–including the study of it, the practice of it, and the cultures and systems within which it is undertaken. Congratulations to the 2017 distinguished career recognition recipient Dr. Julie Hatcher!
Julie A. Hatcher is Executive Director of the Center for Service and Learning and Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She was the inaugural Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the first undergraduate degree program of its kind in the nation. Her research and scholarship focuses on civic learning outcomes in higher education, philanthropic motivations of professionals, the philosophy of John Dewey, and the public role of higher education in civil society. She serves on the National Advisory Board for the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement and a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities rubric development team for Civic Engagement. Julie routinely consults with faculty and academic leaders on designing philanthropic studies curriculum and integrating service into academic study, and collaborates on local and international projects to advance the public purposes of higher education.
Ten $500 Graduate Student Scholarships have been provided by the Association to support graduate student participation in the 2017 IARSLCE Conference in Galway, Ireland. Scholarship recipients fall into two categories: (a) early graduate students and (b) advanced graduate students. A total of ten scholarships have been awarded across the two categories. Within each category, at least one scholarship has been awarded to an international graduate student based outside the US. Congratulations to the 2017 graduate student scholarship recipients!
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