Monica Kowal – Chair, Executive Committee
Monica Kowal is the Associate Dean of Community Engaged Learning & Research (CELR) in University College at the University of New Mexico. CELR serves as an interdisciplinary, university-wide office committed to supporting community engaged scholarship and teaching. She also serves as Strategic Planner for Community Engagement in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs where she collaborates with units across all campuses to track and monitor UNM’s community engagement activities and measure impact.
Monica holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University. Her research focuses on institutionalization and sustainability of service-learning programs, university-community partnerships, experiential education, civic engagement, service-learning theory and practice, service-learning curriculum design, instruction & assessment, institutionalization and sustainability of university community engagement programs, and faculty roles and rewards related to engaged scholarship. For the past thirteen years she has taught English language, literature, and composition at the middle school, high school, and college levels.
Prior to teaching, Monica was a journalist for 12 years, including eight years working in New York City for Reuters International News Service as a financial journalist and for The Associated Press as National Photo Editor. She is a UNM alumna (English-Creative Writing, ’93) and holds an MA in Journalism from New York University and an MS in Teaching from Fordham University.
Katrina Norvell – Immediate Past Chair, Executive Committee
Katrina Norvell is serving a second consecutive term of the board of IARSLCE and served for three years as co-chair of the conference oversight committee. She is also a section editor of the new International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, and most recently, a peer reviewer for the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning. She holds an MBA and a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and was a co-recipient of the 2010 IARSLCE Dissertation Award. Dr. Norvell’s research interests and areas of specialization include community-engaged leadership, public and non-profit management and governance, program evaluation, ethical leadership, and organizational theory and behavior. She teaches in both the Master of Science in Leadership and Master of Public Administration programs, and is also the Program Director of the Baccalaureate in Public Administration for the School of Continuing Studies. Prior to joining the faculty at RWU, Dr. Norvell served as a faculty member at Providence College, Seattle University and Portland State University. As a public service practitioner, Dr. Norvell served in leadership positions at several nonprofit organizations in Florida and Oregon. Dr. Norvell is also a member of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).
Agnieszka Nance – Secretary-Treasurer, Executive Committee
Agnieszka Nance is the Executive Director for the Center for Public Service (CPS) at Tulane. She joined Tulane University in 2005 as faculty in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies. She became associated with CPS in 2007 to support its efforts in faculty development.
Currently at CPS, Agnieszka directs an office with over twenty employees to help ensure that Tulane fulfills its mission of public engagement.
In 2004, Nance received her Ph.D. in Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Before moving to the United States, she lived and studied in Warsaw and Vienna, earning a Magister degree in Germanistik.
Agnieszka serves as co-PI on several research and grant programs for the Center, ranging from organizing institutes for young international leaders, participating in academic exchange with Pakistani universities to conducting studies on the efficacy of engaged internships and service-learning courses for students.
Agnieszka Nance serves as the Treasurer and Board Member of IARSLCE as well as on the National Advisory Board for Public Service at Harvard College.
Burton Bargerstock – Membership Committee
Burton A. Bargerstock is director of the National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement, director of Communication and Information Technology, and special adviser to the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, Michigan State University. His work focuses on institutional research, communication, culture, and technologies related to community-engaged scholarship and university outreach. He leads MSU’s Outreach and Engagement Measurement Instrument project, teaches in the MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement, and presents/publishes on themes related to community engagement and scholarship in higher education. Burton serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, for which he guest edited a 2012 issue, a section co-editor of the International Journal for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement, a member of the editorial board of UNBOUND: Reinventing Higher Education, and co-editor of the Transformations in Higher Education: The Scholarship of Engagement book series (MSU Press). Currently he is a member and former chairperson of the board of directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement and a member of the executive committee of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Council on Engagement and Outreach. Burton previously served on the board of directors of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association and has also been a long-time member of EDUCAUSE. He organized the Engagement Scholarship Consortium’s 2011 National Outreach Scholarship Conference and remains active with the organization. On campus, Burton is president of the MSU chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and founded the MSU Web Development Community for Advising, Facilitating, and Enabling (WebDevCAFE).
Becca Berkey – Conference Content Committee
Becca Berkey, Ph.D. is the Director of Service-Learning at Northeastern University’s Center of Community Service. She also serves at Northeastern as a part-time faculty member with the Explore Program and the Human Services Program, teaching courses on food justice, community development, and social change. Previously, Becca served as the Coordinator of Experiential Education in the Center for Engagement, Learning, and Teaching at Keene State. She has also served as a Course Director for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida and worked at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida facilitating leadership education and development initiatives on campus both in the curriculum and the co-curriculum.
Her scholarly research is at the intersection of leadership, change, and environmental justice with a specific interest in the justice issues facing farmworkers. For her dissertation research, she collaborated with the Northeast Organic Farming Association for Just Farming: An Environmental Justice Perspective on the Capacity of Grassroots Organizations to Support the Rights of Organic Farmers and Laborers. Becca serves as the Associate Director of the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative, and her book, Environmental Justice and Farm Labor, published by Routledge, came out in 2017. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Agricultural Justice Project, as well as the Farmworker Health and Justice Workgroup of Coming Clean, Inc.
In the field of service-learning and community engagement, she does research, publishes, and presents on a range of topics, with a special interest in how faculty development and community impact intersect. She is co-editing an upcoming book on faculty development in the field through Stylus Publishing.
Glenn Bowen – Board Development Committee
Glenn A. Bowen is the Executive Director of the Center for Community Service Initiatives at Barry University (Miami, FL), where he provides strategic leadership for service-learning and community engagement. His work encompasses faculty development programs, community-engaged scholarship, and university–community partnerships.
Holding the faculty rank of associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, Bowen piloted the institutionalization of service-learning and created the Faculty Learning Community for Engaged Scholarship. His work has resulted in the annual recognition of the university on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (recently “with Distinction”) and Barry’s attainment of the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.
The author of Reflection Methods and Activities for Service Learning, Bowen also has published several book chapters on service-learning pedagogy and civic engagement practice. His peer-reviewed articles have appeared in such publications as the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, and Journal on Excellence in College Teaching.
A former journalist and public relations manager, Bowen was a two-term president of the Public Relations Society of Jamaica and was appointed by the nation’s prime minister to the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO. In addition, he was elected to a five-year term on the executive committee of the World Federation of United Nations Associations, based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Christine M. Cress is professor of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Service-Learning at Portland State University. She was a Fulbright Scholar to Middle East Technical University in Turkey and has conducted trainings on curricular integration of civic engagement at colleges in North America, Caribbean, Europe, Japan, and India. She directs a master’s degree specialization and graduate certificate in civic engagement, and facilitates international service-learning at Lady Doak College, Madurai, India.
An accomplished scholar (70+ publications) on cognitive, cultural, pedagogical, and evaluation issues in community-based learning, Dr. Cress is lead author of the internationally best-selling textbook, Learning through Serving: A Student Guidebook for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement across Academic Disciplines and Cultural Communities (2013, 2nd edition), a book designed for classroom adoption in helping students realize effective learning outcomes and community gains through civic engagement and community-based learning projects.
She and her co-authors published Democratic Dilemmas of Teaching Service-Learning: Curricular Strategies for Success (2011), which focuses on faculty “best practices” for design of service-learning courses, facilitating effective learning, and evaluating student and community outcomes as part of the scholarship of engagement.
Her third and most recent book highlights the educational potential and power of community partners as co-educators: Community Partner Guide to Campus Collaborations: Strategies for Enhancing Your Community as a Co-Educator (2015).
Dr. Cress was a member of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Project on Leadership Reconsidered: Engaging Higher Education in Social Change; a curriculum designer and trainer for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellows Program on Political Engagement through Community Service; an educational coach for the Puerto Rican Department of Education in utilizing service-learning and civic engagement in K-12 schools as a strategy for improving academic engagement to insure that “no child is left behind;” and she conducts ongoing consultation for Campus Compact.
Dr. Cress previously served as Educational Leadership and Policy Department chair for five years and has a decade of prior experience in student affairs, including new student orientation, career services, and academic advising. But her proudest accomplishment is being mom to Beau and Suraj.
Tim Eatman currently serves as the Inaugural Dean of the Honors Living-Learning Community (HLLC) and Associate Professor of Urban Education at Rutgers University – Newark (RU-N). He is faculty director emeritus of the national consortium, Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA) having served as a member of the higher education faculty in the School of Education and faculty co-director of IA (2007 – 2017) at Syracuse University. He is a national co-chair of the Urban Research Action Network (URBAN), has served as a member of the faculty for the Association of American Colleges and University’s (AAC&U) High Impact Practices Summer Institute since its inception (2011) and is a member of the Carnegie Engagement Classification National Advisory Panel.
Tim co-edited the Cambridge Handbook on Service Learning and Community Engagement (2017) and is co-author of Scholarship in Public: Knowledge Creation and Tenure Policy in the Engaged University, a seminal research report on faculty rewards and engaged scholarship produced by IA. His passion for research that explores transformational institutional policy making and culture change is buttressed by a research agenda replete with critical questions about equity issues in higher education. Tim was elected to the board of directors of the International Association of Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) in 2016. He sits on the editorial board of The New Public Scholarship book series (University of Michigan Press), Diversity and Democracy (AAC&U), and Urban Education (Sage). He also reviews for several scholarly journals and publications. The recipient of the 2010 Early Career Research Award for IARSLCE) Tim regularly consults with higher education associations and institutions for collaborative research, keynotes, and workshops.
Andy Furco – International Initiatives Committee
Andrew Furco is Associate Vice President for Public Engagement at the University of Minnesota, where he also serves as Professor of Higher Education and Director of the University’s International Center for Research on Community Engagement. As Associate Vice President, he works to further the institutionalization of all forms of community engagement across the University’s research, teaching, and public service activities. His scholarly work focuses on examining the impacts, implementation, and institutionalization of community engagement in K-12 and higher education systems in the U.S. and abroad. He served a two-year term as co-editor of the International Journal for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement and is the 2003 recipient of IARSLCE’s Distinguished Research Award.
Hunter Phillips Goodman is the Executive Director of the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community at the University of Dayton. As Executive Director, Hunter provides strategic leadership for The Fitz Center for Leadership in Community is the campus-wide center committed to serving as a connecting point and campus-wide facilitator for community partnerships, leadership development, community-engaged learning and scholarship, and innovative solution-based strategies to meet civic needs through an asset-based approach. She also teaches courses in community building and leadership development.
Hunter believes strongly in the power of community and neighborhoods to make a positive difference in partnership with local universities. Through her research, Hunter explores the partnership led by university presidents and leaders to strengthen their local community near the university and address challenges of education, health care, and economic empowerment. She also focuses on advocacy with the intersection of civic and democratic engagement.
Hunter is a proud member of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program’s inaugural class and Interdisciplinary PhD in Leadership Studies program at the University of Central Arkansas. Hunter and her husband Mark are proud to call Dayton, Ohio home.
Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson received her Interdisciplinary Doctorate in Educational Leadership degree, summa cum laude, from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the Director of Educator Preparation Programs and Partnerships in the College of Education and Human Development and a Clinical Professor of Teacher Education in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture at Texas A&M University.
Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson is a university and nationally recognized educator having garnered several local, university and national teaching awards. Further, Dr. Hill-Jackson received the prestigious American Educational Research Association / Spencer Fellowship for her qualitative dissertation and conferred with the Lead Star Award for her research in childhood lead-poisoning and community education. Additionally, Dr. Hill-Jackson won a 2013 Upton Sinclair Award, 2013 Fulbright Fellowship to Cardiff University, and a 2018 Melbern G. Glasscock Non-Tenure Track Faculty Research Fellowship.
Dr. Hill-Jackson’s latest books include: Transforming Teacher Education: What Went Wrong with Teacher Training and How We Can Fix It; Better Principals, Better Schools: What Star Principals Know, Believe, and Do; Better Teachers, Better Schools: What Star Teachers Know, Believe, and Do; Teacher Confidential: Personal Stories of Stress, Self-Care, and Resilience, and; What Makes a Star Teacher: Developing the 7 Dispositions of Highly Effective Teachers (forthcoming).
Jeffrey Howard – Recognitions Committee
Jeffrey Howard is the director of faculty development at DePaul University’s Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning. His duties include conducting faculty workshops and one-on-one consultations, reviewing service-learning syllabi, and working with faculty in formulating their community-engaged scholarship projects and advising on how to get that work published. He retired from the University of Michigan in 2009 where he was associate director of the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning. He has taught, conducted research, and published work on academic service-learning for 40 years. He is founder and editor of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, author of the Service-Learning Course Design Workbook (funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service), co-editor of Academic Service Learning: A Pedagogy of Action and Reflection (published by Jossey-Bass), and co-author of an online engaged scholarship toolkit (with Tim Stanton, Stanford University) commissioned by (National) Campus Compact. He is a member of the National Review Board for the Scholarship of Engagement and (National) Campus Compact’s Consulting Corps. He has conducted faculty workshops at more than 50 campuses in the U.S. and Canada. In fall 2011 he was honored with the Distinguished Research Award from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE).
Carol MA Hok Ka is an Assistant Director in the Office of Service-Learning (OSL), Lingnan University. She has a particular passion for the promotion of intergenerational programmes and is an active participant in both elderly services and youth services. She has received many awards for community services and academic achievements from Lingnan University as well as the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. She was awarded a W.T Chan Fellowship to study and practice service-learning in the University of California at Los Angeles and was also awarded a Lingnan Foundation Scholarship to do a research internship at the National Primary Health Care Centre, University of Manchester.
She is currently a member of Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC); a member of Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC), Environmental Protection Department, a member of Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education (CPCE); a member of Youth Programme Co-ordinating Committee (YPCC), Commission on Youth (COY);a co-opted member of Working Group on International Exchanges and Conferences, Commission on Youth; a member of the Tsuen Wan District Summer Youth Programme Co-ordinating Committee, and the treasurer of Tuen Mun Healthy City Association Limited.
Marisol Morales is the founding Director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement at the University of La Verne, a four-year comprehensive Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) located in Southern California. In this role, she is responsible for leading and developing university-community engagement initiatives in the area of academic service learning, community engaged scholarship, and co-curricular community engagement.
Nascira Ramia – Publications and Scholarship Committee
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Dan Richard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Director of the Office of Faculty Enhancement at the University of North Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He has published research on how service-learning program alumni continue reflective practice after graduation and how dialogue across perceived difference during service-learning programs has impacts in the lives of program alumni after graduation. Currently, he is Co-Editor (with Dr. Lane Perry) of the International Journal for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement and is a Community Engagement Research Fellow with the Center for Community-Based Learning at the University of North Florida.
Trina Van Schyndel is a third-year doctoral student in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education program in the College of Education at Michigan State University, and she is enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement program at MSU. In her role as a Graduate Research Assistant at MSU, she serves as the Course Coordinator for an undergraduate course, EAD 315: Student Leadership Training. For the 2017-2018 school year, she is also interning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and supporting faculty, staff, and graduate students as the Community Engaged Scholars Network Coordinator for the UWM Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research. Trina has over 10 years of experience in the field of education, working as an educator and administrator in government, nonprofit, and university settings and with student and community populations ages pre-K through adult. Her primary research interests include: how faculty integrate community engagement throughout their work; how to build successful, collaborative, respectful, and sustainable community-university partnerships; and how to prepare graduate students and early career faculty for community-engaged careers. Upon completing her doctoral studies, she hopes to move into an administrative position in a university that supports community-engaged work. She is an active member of IARSLCE and the current chair of the IARSLCE Graduate Student Network.
Laurie Worrall – Fundraising Committee
Laurie S. Worrall’s career in campus-community engagement began in 1994 when she joined the staff of the Msgr. John J Egan Urban Center at DePaul University in Chicago. There she oversaw the implementation of DePaul’s COPC. In 1997 she lead a university-wide strategic planning committee that concluded with the recommendation to establish a university-wide center in Academic Affairs that would promote and support community-engaged learning. In 2001 the Office of Community-based Service Learning became the Irwin W Steans Center for Community-based Service-Learning upon the receipt of a $5,000,000 endowment – one of handful of such endowed centers at the time. Her research has focused the on community perspective of working with higher education community-engagement programs. She has held senior level academic administrative posts at DePaul University and Defiance College in Ohio, developed community partnerships locally, nationally and internationally, and overseen the development of both curricular and co-curricular community engagement programs. As the current Director of the NY Campus Compact, her work is focused at the nexus of theory and practice as she helps develop the capacity of higher education institutions across New York State to engage with their communities more effectively through research, academic projects, and community service. She has also served on numerous non-profit boards.