The Distinguished Research Award:
Rahima Wade, Ed.D. spent 16 years in the College of Education as a professor of Social Studies Education before retiring in 2009, died March 27, 2012, at the age of 58.
During her time at the College, where she spearheaded servicelearning efforts on the UI campus, across the state, and nationally, she wrote five books, including editing the influential title Community service-learning: A guide to including service in the public school curriculum (State University of New York Press, 1997), and Building bridges: Connecting classroom and community through service-learning in social studies (National Council for the Social Studies, 2000). Rahima’s most recent publications include Social Studies for Social Justice: Teaching strategies for the elementary classroom (Teachers College Press, 2007) and CiviConnections: Linking historical inquiry with community service-learning (National Council for the Social Studies, 2007). She coordinated 10 grants focused on service-learning program development in K-12 and college level teacher education programs and published more than 50 articles and book chapters on servicelearning and civic education. An Ehrlich award finalist in 2006 and the John Glenn Scholar for Service-Learning in Teacher Education in 2004, Rahima worked as a service-learning and civic engagement consultant with K-12 schools, college and university campuses, and state departments of education across the country. As director of the National Council for the Social Studies CiviConnections program, Rahima worked with 300 elementary, middle, and high school teachers across the country to link local historical inquiry with community service-learning.
The Early Career Research Award:
Emily M. Janke, Ph.D., is the Special Assistant for Community Engagement in the Office of Research and Economic Development at the University of North Carolina at Greenboro.
In this position, she facilitates campus and community conversations (from the local to international level) to identify how UNCG can enhance our ability to track and assess the impact of community engagement, to identify and access existing and new resources in support of this work, and to facilitate leadership, collaboration, resource sharing, grant development, and other activities. Previously, Emily served as the Assistant Director for Service-Learning, in the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, where she provided curricular, administrative, and partnership support to faculty members and students who wish to enhance their teaching, learning, research, and service through academic service-learning and community-engaged scholarship.
Emily is a Visiting Fellow with the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) where she is collaboratively exploring issues related to the development and implementation of civic engagement initiatives aimed at the next generation of students, faculty, and scholars in higher education.
She received her Ph.D. in Higher Education from The Pennsylvania State University and her B.A. from Colgate University in Environmental Geography. Emily continues to incorporate service-learning into her curricula, as well as partner with other scholars to research student and faculty perceptions of community engagement. Her articles on public scholarship, graduate education programs, faculty motivation for public scholarship, and facultycommunity partnerships have appeared in Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Advances in Service-Learning Research, New Directions for Teaching and Learning, and Higher Education in Review.
She was a co-winner of the 2008 IARSLCE Dissertation Award for her dissertation, Shared Partnership Identity between Faculty and Community Partners. In 2012 she won the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement, an award established in 2011 by the American Democracy Project for emerging leaders in civic engagement.
The Dissertation Research Award:
Lina D. Dostilio Ed.D., is the Director of Academic Community Engagement initiatives within the Academic Affairs division at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. In this capacity, she is responsible for planning and implementing programs related to service-learning, community based research, and academic community-university partnerships.
Lina serves on the board of directors for the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, as a visiting scholar with the Next Generation Engagement Project and the New England Resource Center for Higher Education, on the advisory committee for Pennsylvania Campus Compact, and as advisor to the Mayor of Pittsburgh’s citizen service initiatives. Her recent consulting work includes service-learning and civic engagement administrator professional development, Carnegie Classification preparation, program evaluation and assessment, curriculum design, course design, and strategic planning.
Her research focused on community-university partnerships that are democratically oriented. It draws upon and connects research in education, organizational and institutional development, social psychology, and social coalition building. She has served as the chair of the Graduate Student Network Chair, IARSLCE Board from 2009 to 2012 and was awarded Henderson Prize for Educational Leadership, Duquesne University, 2010.