Welcome to the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE). You, along with some 950 other researchers, students and practitioners committed to advancing research on service-learning and community engagement, are the foundation for the work of IARSLCE.

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Hosted by: Northeastern University; Program Chairs are Becca Berkey and Lori Gardinier

General Information

Welcome to Boston, where tradition meets innovation! Boston is home to historic Faneuil Hall and The Old State House, places where revolution and freedom were debated. Boston is also home of the Innovation District, an expansive new creative space nestled next to the historic Boston Harbor, where art and science collide to fuel the new entrepreneurship sector.

IARSLCE is excited to bring researchers, teachers, students, and community members to Boston to reflect on our history within the field of service-learning and community engagement, while expanding the depth and breadth of the field to highlight cutting edge methods and practices. Our conference will highlight the historical foundations of modern innovation to reveal how past research inspires original research questions and innovative methods to advance the field into the 21st Century.

Innovation is the integration of new ideas, new models, and new methods. Effective and efficient innovation is the ability to utilize these news ideas, models, and methods to advance research and practice and promote revolutionary outcomes. Innovation requires thoughtful reflection and the integration of lessons learned from the past. Inspired from tradition, the research of service-learning and community engagement seeks to inspire a new vision for the future. A new vision will consider the foundation of the field while integrating innovative research techniques and targets to advance our understanding on the impact of service-learning and community engagement on all stakeholders.

Although community engagement has been embedded in the mission of higher education, building a community of scholars committed to intentional research and evaluation about these efforts is still emerging.   How have we evolved as a community of scholars? What is the way forward? What is the power and potential of convening as we seek to create knowledge while reflecting and building on a robust body of scholarship?

Key speakers for this year’s conference will ponder our past accomplishments, highlight our current endeavors, and develop projections for our future. We will consider how current research, teaching, and practice serve as products of our past and our pathways to the future. We will ask about the future of service-learning and community engagement across different settings and within different communities. We will consider how the research of today will shape tomorrow. We hope our program will encourage the exchange of ideas within and across disciplines and communities, to provide a foundation for the future of innovation.

The IARSLCE annual research conference is targeted to scholars, practitioners, students, and community partners interested in research on service-learning, community-based research, campus-community partnerships, and civic learning outcomes in P-20 education. Attendees include faculty, administrators, and scholar-practitioners in higher education, community partners, educators in P-12, and professionals and leaders in educational policy and community development.

Conference Schedule

Monday, November 16, 2015:

7:30AM – 5PM Registration Open

8:30AM – 11:30AM – Preconference Sessions

12 Noon – 2PM Opening Luncheon Address featuring Joe Kennedy

2:30PM- 3:45PM – Concurrent Sessions A

4PM – 5:15PM – Concurrent Sessions B

6PM -7PM – Meet fellow conference-goers at Affinity Group Meetups

7PM – Dinner on your own

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

7AM – 5PM Registration Opens

7AM – 8AM Breakfast

8AM – 9:15AM Concurrent Sessions C

9:30AM – 10:45AM Concurrent Sessions D

11AM – 12:15PM Concurrent Sessions E

12:30PM – 2PM Keynote Luncheon Panel

2:15PM – 3:30PM Poster Sessions

3:45PM – 5PM Concurrent Sessions F

5PM – 6PM Mentorship Gathering

5PM – 6PM International Coffee Hour

6PM – 7PM Graduate Student Reception

7PM Dinner on your own

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

7AM – 12 Noon Registration Open

7AM – 8AM Breakfast

8AM – 9:15AM Concurrent Sessions G

9:30AM – 10:45AM Concurrent Sessions H

11:30AM – 1:30PM Member Meeting and Recognition Luncheon

1:30PM Conference Closes

Conference Features

Opening Luncheon featuring Congressman Joe Kennedy  Monday, November 14 at Noon


Joe Kennedy III is proud to serve the Fourth District of Massachusetts in Congress. Currently in his second term, he represents a diverse district that spans from the suburbs of Boston to the more industrial towns of Massachusetts’ South Coast.

As member of the influential House Energy & Commerce Committee, Joe has prioritized economic opportunity for working families. A vocal advocate for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, vocational schools and community colleges, he has authored several pieces of legislation in Washington aimed at improving access to our modern economy, including the Perkins Modernization Act and STEM Gateways Act.

Inspired by the manufacturing traditions that drive many of the communities he represents, Joe also introduced the Revitalize American Manufacturing (RAMI) Act during his first term, which will help fuel innovation and new technologies throughout our manufacturing sector. After a year of building broad bipartisan and industry support, RAMI passed the House of Representatives and was signed into law by President Obama at the end of 2014.

From his spot on the E&C Committee, Joe has emphasized issues of critical importance to Massachusetts. Whether leading efforts to combat opiate abuse or working with federal regulators to tackle the rising cost of energy across New England, his legislative agenda is driven by the communities back home.  Deeply dedicated to being as accessible as possible to his constituents, Joe has launched creative efforts to consistently visit every city and town in the 4th District, from “Tour 34” to “District Days.”

Whether at home in the Commonwealth or down in Washington, Joe has become a powerful voice for social justice, championing issues like employment non-discrimination, pay equity, marriage equality and comprehensive immigration reform.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Joe served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an Assistant District Attorney in both the Middlesex County and Cape and Island’s District Attorneys’ Offices. Before that he served as a member of the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic where he designed and implemented an economic development project near Puerto Plata.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Joe is fluent in Spanish and holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University as well as a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

He lives with his wife, Lauren, a health policy expert, and their dog, Banjo, in Brookline, Mass.

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Information for Presenters

Presenters will be notified by May 29, 2015 and must confirm their participation by June 12, 2015. We ask that all presenters submit full papers of their presentation by Friday, October 23, 2015.

Poster guidelines are as follows: We will provide foam boards, 30×40”, as well as easels for you to attach your poster. It will serve as an anchor and your poster can be larger than that as long as it doesn’t topple over.

Registration Information

Registration will open in late May 2015

Rates will be as follows: Regular Registration: $475; Student Registration: $350; One-Day Registration is $250; and Late Registration is $500. There will be an Early Bird discount of $425/regular registration. Pre-conference sessions will be $70/half-day session.

Hotel Information

Hotel booking information for the Marriott Copley Place coming soon.


All conference information posted here is subject to change.