IARSLCE Committees

The Association pursues its objectives through various strategies, programs, and activities that support research and information exchange, member involvement, and dissemination.

  • Sponsorship of the annual International Research Conference on Service-Learning and Community
  • Engagement to fostering of information sharing and networking;
  • Dissemination of findings and methods through an annual edited volume derived from the conference;
  • Creation and management of mailing lists, listservs, and an Internet website;
  • Collaboration with education, research and professional associations and networks to support service-learning and community engagement;
  • Generation of funding for relevant association activities;
  • Support for awards and recognition of achievements.

IARSLCE seeks participation from its members in all of its committees. If you are interested in joining a committee as an active contributor, please contact the committee chair listed below.

Awards and Recognitions Committee

The Recognitions Committee is responsible for recognizing the outstanding work of scholars in the field of service-learning and community engagement. This includes reviewing and making recommendations to improve existing awards, soliciting nominations from IARSLCE members, reviewing and selecting nominees, and presenting the awards at the annual IARSLCE conference. The committee will also consider other strategies to recognize scholarship of service-learning and community engagement.

Committee Focus Area(s) for the year:

  • Reviewing existing awards and making recommendations for changes or additional awards to the IARSLCE board.
  • Soliciting diverse nominations from the IARSLCE membership
  • Identifying additional strategies to recognize SLCE scholarship
  • Planning recognition events at the annual conference

Time Commitment:

This committee will meet monthly, with members spending 3-5 hours per month on various projects.

Contact: Luke Terra and Tania Mitchell

Conference Content Committee

The Conference Committee is charged with planning and organizing the program for the IARSLCE’s annual conference.

In years with a host institution, the Conference Committee will be made up of the Chair and staff members from the host institution.  The 2020 IARSLCE Conference will be hosted by the University of Minnesota.

In years without a host institution, the Conference Committee will consist of at least four Association members and will be charged with developing the conference theme, drafting the call for proposals, selecting plenary speakers, recruiting and training peer reviewers, making decisions about proposals, and developing the conference schedule.

Contact: Susan Corban Harris

Cross-Cultural Equity Committee

The Cross Cultural Equity Committee is charged with responsibility for all activities related to the inclusion of global voices across the field of service learning and community engagement within the association. The duties of the committee may include advising other committees, reviewing communications, materials, and other association related documents to ensure that our organization holds true to its international mission. This includes promoting and helping to develop policies and procedures for non-English submissions, increasing membership outside of the United States, promoting IARSLCE programming globally, recruitment of board members from diverse backgrounds in the United States and those outside the United States, and promoting equity values within the organization. The Committee will be co- chaired by two Board members, one from the United States and one outside of the United States and have a suitable number of members to conduct its work with relevant expertise.

The responsibilities of this committee include:

  1.  Develop an annual equity plan
    1. non-English submission for IARSLCE Journal
    2. Recruitment of diverse board members and committee members
    3. IARSLCE Equity values
    4. Best Practices for Inclusion in an international organization
  2. Communicate with other IARSLCE committees to propose recommendations that align with the annual equity plan
  3. Track events/activities of IARSLCE and efforts for inclusion
  4. Promotion of IARSLCE activities globally

The Cross Cultural Equity Committee Co-Chairs shall report to the Board of Directors at the Board’s regular annual meeting on goals for and outcomes of cross cultural equity plan, communications and outreach strategies, plans for the coming year, and any associated expenses.

Contact: Marisol Morales and Nascira Ramia

International Journal for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement

The International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IJRSLCE) is a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to disseminating high-quality research focused on service-learning, campus-community engagement, and the promotion of active and effective citizenship through education. IJRSLCE is international in scope, with an interest in service-learning and community engagement both in the United States and around the world. Further, IJRSLCE aims to be comprehensive in its approach, with an interest in articles on service-learning and community engagement in a variety of settings, including K-12 education, higher education (undergraduate and graduate), and community-based programs. 

Published annually by the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE), the Journal welcomes submissions from all researchers and scholars interested in the field.

Contact: Coeditors Glenn Bowen and Jessica Mann

Membership Development and Communications Committee

The Membership and Communications committee will be responsible for creating a quarterly communication and outreach plan to inform, educate and engage the membership of IARSLCE. Through various social media platforms (LinkedIn, Twitter, Zoom), the quarterly newsletter and meet-ups at similar association meetings/conferences, the dually charged committee will be responsible to the following items:

      • Develop a new member orientation that can be posted on the website and hosted in-person at the annual conference.
      • Develop a recruitment campaign to increase and retain membership. 
      • Develop a social media campaign that includes regular updates on the official LinkedIN and Facebook page to communicate with membership, highlight emerging thought leaders and promote relevant organization where members can connect
      • Develop regional Ambassadors of the Association to foster cross-institutional collaboration, membership engagement and presentations at annual conference
      • Engage membership beyond the annual conference through regional conferences, quarterly newsletters, and webinars.
      • Develop a membership engagement strategy that includes mentorship, professional development webinars and member-to-member research listings.
      • Develop a quarterly communication plan that highlight the work of members, connects members at  and engagement plan for members to connect beyond the annual conference (mentorship, professional development
      • Conduct annual membership survey of IARSLCE members to assess their interests, concerns, needs, and opinions, and report these issues to the Board for review and consideration 

Contact: Stephen Chan and Rochelle Jackson-Smarr

Governance Oversight and Board Development

Graduate Student Network

The Graduate Student Network (GradSN) is open to all emerging scholars interested in service-learning and community engagement (SLCE) including current graduate students (master’s and doctoral), prospective graduate students, students in between graduate programs, or recent graduates.

The GradSN supports emerging scholars through:

  • Professional development workshops at the annual IARSLCE conference
  • Mentoring opportunities with established scholars
  • Professional development workshops throughout the year
  • A graduate student only listserv
  • Research advancement opportunities
  • Networking opportunities

Committee Focus Area(s) for the year:

We invite all emerging scholars to participate in any of our monthly steering committee calls. We also invite all emerging scholars to join one of our committees:

  • Conference Planning Committee
  • Membership and Communications Committee
  • Professional Development Committee
  • Mentoring Committee

Time Commitment:

All emerging scholars interested in SLCE are invited to participate GradSN offerings regardless of their participation in any committee work. This GradSN steering committee convenes once per month. Members who join additional committees will spend time between calls coordinating and working on their various projects.

Contact: Ben Trager

Resource Development Committee

The Resource Development Committee coordinates strategic alliances, partnerships, and collaborations that advance the goals and mission of IARSCLE.  The Committee will be charged with:

  • Formulating a development/fundraising plan that creates sustainable support for the goals and objectives of IARSCLE
  • Cultivating strategic partnerships/collaboration
  • The oversight of the Engaged Campus Alliance publicity & financial stewardship
  • Provide recommendations and updates to the Board on all matters related to development
  • Reviewing development activities to ensure progress toward achieving annual and long-range funding goals
  • Provide value proposition statement and report

Contact: Chris Nayve

Scholarship and Publications Committee

The Scholarship and Publications Committee coordinates and promotes community-engaged scholarship opportunities as well as the production and dissemination of associated publications to advance the Association’s mission. The Committee makes recommendations on scholarship and publication strategies, supports the work of the IJRSLCE Editorial Team, develops additional publication outlets, and encourages broad-based involvement of IARSLCE members as contributors to the Association’s publications.

Goals for Current Year:

  1. Develop an IARSLCE Blog – including research briefs (highlighting innovative methodologies, interdisciplinary approaches, and non-U.S.-based research).
  2. Recommend Peer Reviewers for IJRSLCE.
  3. Create and promote special interest groups/research communities for IARSLCE members.
  4. Support the development of the IARSLCE Research Agenda.

Contact: Glenn Bowen and Nicole Webster

Special Programming Committee

The Special Programming Committee is charged with shaping the Association’s vision for professional development for community engagement that extends beyond the annual conference. The goal is to engage members in ongoing opportunities to build community, develop competencies, and apply collective expertise to advance scholarship and practice in our field.  To that end, the committee will be involved in the following activities: 

  • Designing and implementing the Practitioner Scholar Forum in an online format accessible to members
  • Facilitating virtual programs like webinars, panels, discussions, book clubs, and other professional development offerings to advance the field
  • Connecting member institutions with IARSLCE board members as professional consultants to support institutional advancement of community engagement

Members of this committee will be responsible for participating in monthly Zoom calls to provide ideas and guidance on professional development activities. Additionally, members will collaborate with committee chair and others to plan and implement programming. We will rely on committee members to conduct outreach to generate broad participation in our online and virtual offerings.

Contact: Star Plaxton-Moore