About the Editorial Fellows
The Proceedings is co-created and produced by a group of Editorial Fellows – members of the Graduate Student Network (GSN) of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement – as part of the GSN’s leadership in advancing and supporting research and as a professional development opportunity for graduate student scholars.

The Editorial Fellows have worked together since May 2012 to create the vision and to execute the task of producing the Proceedings. We are an international group of graduate students who have coordinated across time zones and international datelines with the help of online technology, including Skype, Adobe Connect, Dropbox, Wordle, Doodle, and Wikispaces.


Meet the Editorial Fellows Team [Our images have been selected to share an important part of our lives with one another and with you]
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Sarah Brackmann
Director of Civic Engagement, Southwestern University, Texas, USA
I have worked in the field of community engagement and service-learning for the past 11 years. I started as an AmeriCorps*VISTA at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, but have also worked as a graduate student at The Ohio State University and as the community service coordinator at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
I recently completed my Ph.D. at the University of Georgia's Institute of Higher Education where I studied community engagement's intersection with neoliberalism and the promise of public good. My other research interests focus on the institutionalization of community engagement and the public good of higher education, the multiple conceptions of reciprocity used in the community engagement literature, and civic engagement's relationship with moral development. After I defended my dissertation, I moved from GA to TX to start my new position as Director of Civic Engagement at Southwestern University.
The picture to the left is the UGA Chapel bell. The UGA community rings the bell to celebrate accomplishments (passing a test, beating UF in football, getting engaged, etc). I couldn't wait to ring the chapel bell when I defended my dissertation in May.
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Patti H. Clayton
PHC Ventures, IUPUI, NERCHE, & UNCG, USA
I have been working in the area of service-learning / community-campus engagement for about 13 years and am now an Independent Consultant & Practitioner-Scholar with appointments at IUPUI, UNCG, and NERCHE. Working with some amazing students, faculty, staff, community members, and national and international colleagues through the years, I have focused on critical reflection & assessment, faculty development and student leadership models, and transformational institutionalization. Most recently I am exploring democratic engagement, the meanings of reciprocity, "the power of little words" (e.g., "for" vs "with"), and conceptualizing and enacting "with-ness."
A gift that came into my life two years ago was the eagle cam at Norfolk Botanical Gardens in Virginia -- I am fascinated not only by the eagles and the environmental education process but by the online community that has formed around them.
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Kathleen E. Edwards,
Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations, UNC at Greensboro, USA
I am currently a Ph.D. student interested in the cultural foundations of popular education. My work in communities has included serving as a volunteer coordinator at a homeless shelter, community organizing with tenants in low-income/subsidized housing, working with survivors of sexual assault, and training youth activists. For me, community-based research and other forms of community engagement are opportunities to learn with others and work toward social justice transformation.
This picture was taken in Spring 2012 at an organic farm and animal sanctuary, where I worked with a group of students. The picture represents how I value and seek to locate myself within alternative educational spaces.
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Nehal El-Hadi
PhD student, Program in Planning, University of Toronto
I am a PhD student interested in the relationships between journalism, planning and urban transformation. My experience with service-learning began in a Planning and Social Policy course I attended, followed by a position as teaching assistant for Learning in Community Service, a service-learning course in the City Studies program at the University of Toronto; I taught this same course the following summer. I also received a research position assisting with evaluating learning and assessment tools in experiential and service learning; I developed, administered and collated an online survey to students in service-learning courses at the University of Toronto. The preliminary results of this research have been presented for discussion at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education annual conference.

I didn't take the photo, but I was there - it's an image of mammatus clouds in south-central Saskatchewan from June of this year. Saskatchewan is where my family lives, and one of my favourite places to visit because of its beautiful ("living") skies. (Photo source: Talk of the Town)
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Kyle Fluegge
Behavioral Economics, Ohio State University, USA
I am a PhD candidate completing my dissertation on individual decision-making in issues related to health and wellness, with a particular interest among vulnerable populations. I’m interested in how people make health decisions after remedying the problem of imperfect information – community engagement is one way to do that. I first became involved in community work while living and going to undergraduate school in Flint, Michigan, where health interventions and financial resources were (and still are) desperately needed. However, the purpose and sustainability of government interventions was always questionable to me during that time and has grown since – the power of communities and the ability to learn from one another and carry that forward is where real differences are made in my opinion.
I took this picture in the Ethiopian highlands of Gondar town in October 2011. I was there studying the impact of various interventions on treatment for tuberculosis, in particular the effects of carefully designed community and grassroots interventions and the advantages over government designed approaches. I remember taking this photo on my first or second day in the country. I was stressed from all the travel and wanted to find a place where I could be on the ‘outside’ looking in. For me, this photo is a constant reminder to retain perspective on a host of issues that we sometimes see as insurmountable.
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Barbara Harrison
Education, Brock University, Ontario, Canada
I am editing my PhD dissertation, which is a case study of faculty experiences with service-learning within a themed service-learning network. I have a wide variety of practitioner-scholar interests, which include the study of faculty learning and growth, models of community engagement, service-learning epistemology, and counter-normative processes. I enjoy working in collaborative environments, particularly those with a focus on learning, community, and social justice.
I am originally from South Africa, where this photograph was taken. I love being outdoors and being with my family, and this picture depicts both. My family have taught me a lot about what it means to be part of a community.
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Becky McNamara
PhD, Higher Education Leadership
I successfully defended my dissertation this summer and am looking for a job in the Pacific Northwest in service-learning and community engagement in higher education. My dissertation examined the experience of students who participated in international service-learning courses with a social justice focus. I also have 4 years of experience as the community resource coordinator at a homeless shelter and 10 years of experience in higher education student affairs. Through being an Editorial Fellow, I have enjoyed learning more about technology and working collaboratively with people throughout the world.
I always need a creative outlet in my life, one of my hobbies is gardening and this time of year my dahlias are in full bloom. I find that I do some of my best thinking pulling weeds and getting my hands dirty.
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Harold McNaron
Postsecondary, Adult & Continuing Education, Portland State University, OR, USA.
After working in the nonprofit sector and in student affairs, I returned to school to explore the intersection of service-learning pedagogy and social justice education. I am also interested in utilizing an equity lens to guide the work of the academy. My interest in the Proceedings project relates to increasing community partners', students' and other stakeholders' access to conversations about community-academy engagement.
This picture is from the May Day 2012 protests in Portland, which united a diverse array of community groups and individuals for economic and social justice causes.
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Katie Mead
American Studies MA, The George Washington University, Washington, DC
After graduating with BAs in English and American Studies from Southwestern University (Georgetown, TX), I moved with my fiancé to Maryland where I am now earning my MA in American Studies from the George Washington University while developing skills as an Academic Service-learning Liaison with GW's Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service. I also work as a Graduate Writing Consultant with the GW Writing Center, as an Editor/Reviewer with the Washington Independent Review of Books, and as an Instructional Assistant with the GW University Writing program. I am deeply passionate about writing, the teaching of writing, and how they may be transformed into service-learning opportunities.
My first book, (working title) Howling: The Trickster in Allen Ginsberg's "Howl," is currently undergoing peer review and is scheduled to be published next fall (2013) by McFarland Publishing.
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Stacey Muse
Higher Education, University of Denver, Denver, CO
My involvement in service-learning started when I was an undergraduate student at San Diego State University. These experiences led me to the nonprofit sector as a professional and scholar, as I worked in the sector for 10 years, and received a masters degree in nonprofit management and leadership studies from the University of San Diego. I decided to pursue a PhD because I wanted to be better able to impact social change. My research interests are around the experience of the community partner in service-learning and community-based learning courses.
This picture was taken in Venice, Italy. I was crossing one of the many bridges in Venice when I saw this gondolier perched on the bridge texting. I love how picturesque the scene is, and the clashing of old world (the traditions around gondoliers) and new world (texting). It was also a great reminder for me to be present in each moment so I can appreciate the wonders of Life.
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Kristin Norris

Interim Assessment Specialist, Instructional Technology Specialist, IUPUI Center for Service & Learning
A.B.D. in Higher Education Administration.
I was always interested in experiential learning, but found my true passion when I joined the IUPUI Center for Service & Learning (CSL) in 2009. My dissertation is on student development of civic-mindedness - the key contributing factors. I should defend my dissertation in the spring of 2013 and hope to assume the Assessment Specialist position where I am currently the interim person. In addition to program evaluation, assessment, and research, I enjoy working with students and faculty in both curricular and co-curricular civic settings to use technology to facilitate reflection, specifically Digital Stories and ePortfolios. Recently, I have begun to do consulting with universities in my region on digital storytelling.
This picture is part of my eportfolio and helps to illustrate my passion for working with students and faculty. I believe in the public purpose of higher education and hope to inspire everyone I come into contact with to make the most of their time in college and inspire a desire to be life-long learners.
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Cecilia M. Orphan
Cecilia M. Orphan is a doctoral student in higher education at the University of Pennsylvania where she studies the academy's role in American democracy. Prior to coming to Penn, Ms. Orphan directed the American Democracy Project (ADP), a multi-campus initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The 230 universities involved with ADP focus on higher education's role in educating informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. Ms. Orphan serves on the board of directors for The Democracy Imperative and the steering committee of the American Commonwealth Project. Ms. Orphan was awarded the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement and is currently serving as a fellow for Imagining America and IARSCLE. Ms. Orphan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Portland State University. As an undergraduate, Ms. Orphan co-founded the PSU Volunteer Resource Center and was awarded the President's Award for Outstanding Community Engagement two years in a row.
The photo left is of California poppies. These flowers hold great symbolic importance for me. I am the first person in my family to go to college. I am from California and come from a rough scramble background. My mother always used to point to these poppies when she saw them and say, "They thrive everywhere. In the worst and best conditions. Just like you kids." My mom passed away when I was 13 but these flowers are still a significant part of my journey. They were on my graduation cap when I walked across the stage to claim my college diploma and they'll be stitched into my hood when I claim my PhD. Not only are they an important reminder of my mother's love and gentle prodding but they also represent the hope and possibility of American higher education.
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Billy O'Steen
Senior Lecturer, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
My wife, Susan, and two daughters, Lawson (12), and Stewart (8), have lived in Sumner, New Zealand for 7 years. We're originally from Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina and chose a Kiwi adventure for this part of our lives. We've gotten a little more than we bargained for with a series of devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 that destroyed most of downtown Christchurch. The silver lining has been the actions of 9,000 Canterbury students who self-organized themselves into the Student Volunteer Army (www.theconcert.org.nz) to provide immediate relief to residents throughout the city. As a result of their actions, we've had the opportunity to create a service-learning course, CHCH101, and to build momentum toward establishing the first SL/CE Center at a New Zealand university. Throughout, my family and I have learned a lot about ourselves, our community, and the generosity and thoughts from friends around the world.
The photo to the left is of a collection of rocks that students in CHCH101 inscribed with symbols on the last day of class. They were then placed outside of our classroom, which is part of a temporary campus that was constructed following the earthquakes.
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Lane Perry
Director, Center for Service Learning, Western Carolina University, North Carolina
I recently completed my PhD in higher education at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. My head supervisor (committee chair) was Dr. Billy O'Steen. I did my bachelors and masters degrees at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma (BBA 05', MEd 06'). One of my most recent publications that I am proud of (beyond the IARSLCE Proceedings) was in a guest editor role for the International Undergraduate Journal for Service-Learning, Leadership, and Social Change (In Press). I served as a special guest editor with Billy O'Steen and worked with nearly ten undergraduate students from two universities on two different continents. Like any good learning process I learned much about myself and the subject matter that was being attended to.
The picture to the left is one of the last I took while living in Christchurch, New Zealand. The significance of this photo is in its symbolism. It is one of those interesting perspectives that presents clearly what is ahead and what remains behind. Granted, the scene ahead looks gloomy, dark, and forshadowing a storm, it is not. It is just a scene that is different (new people, new culture, a new discource). The rearview mirror presents a blue bird day. We do this sometimes with reflection. Many times we remember things a little bit brighter, a little bit guilded, or a little nicer than they really were. Part of me thinks of this as human nature. To me thsi photo shows the suspension between embracing where you are, looking forward to where you are going, and not losing sight of where you have been.
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Tom Penniston
Language, Literacy and Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA
I’m originally from Palmer, Alaska, received my BA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and have been both an AmeriCorps Member and Peace Corps Volunteer. While pursuing my Masters in Instructional Systems Development as a Shriver Peaceworker Fellow (a graduate service-learning program), I coordinated an undergraduate service-learning course. As a PhD candidate, my area of research is student growth associated with service-learning, as measured (quantitatively) by post-secondary academic outcomes.
The picture to the left is of one of the painted monasteries of Bucovina, Romania, which was a Peace Corps close of service trip stop in the summer of 2006.
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Jessica Roberts
Conflict and Peace Studies, UNC at Greensboro, USA
Originally from Niceville, FL. I received my B.S. in Sociology from Florida State University and I'm currently pursuing my Master's in Conflict and Peace Studies at UNCG. While pursuing my Master's, I am also serving as the graduate/research assistant, coordinator for the Landlord-Tenant Dispute Program, and volunteering with the BackPack Beginnings program in the Piedmont Triad area. Like many of the other Editorial Fellows, I enjoy participating in service learning as a way to connect to my community and build transformative social structures.
My picture was taken at Hanging Rock State Park. This is one of my favorite things about NC and the first time I was more than about 200 feet above sea level in several years (being from the Gulf Coast of Florida)!
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Julia Rodemeier
Associate Dean of Instruction, Bryant and Stratton College, Milwaukee, WI, USA
I recently completed my Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In my dissertation, I measured the level of meaning in various middle school service-learning experiences and correlated level of meaning with type of experience and degree of outcome. While the focus of my research has been service-learning in middle school, I currently serve in higher education. As the Associate Dean of Instruction at Bryant and Stratton College, Milwaukee, I work with our Program Directors and faculty to develop service-learning experiences for our students.
St. Francis of Assisi, the image to the left, is a great inspiration. It is his Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi that encourages us to contemplate our connection to divinity through our service to others.
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Neivin Shalabi
Neivin was born and raised in Egypt. In June of 2012, she earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Denver (DU), Colorado, U.S.A. Her research interest focuses on the scholarship of engagement. Her dissertation study employed a mixed method design to explore academic service-learning partnerships at the American University in Cairo. In her future research, Neivin intends to continue exploring university-community partnerships for academic service-learning, including partners’ motivations and the organizational factors influencing these partnerships. Prior to her tenure as a graduate student at DU, Neivin served at several not-for-profit organizations and held several teaching positions at both pre- and postsecondary institutions in Egypt. Currently, she is seeking employment at an institution of higher education that supports global service-learning and values diverse perspectives.

This picture shows me with the co-chair of my dissertation and one of my mentors, Professor Nick Cutforth, after the doctoral hooding ceremony in June of 2012. I deeply love and appreciate him because of his serious attention to my work and care about me.
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Susan Steele
PhD. Coordinator, Vandal Academic Support Services, University of Idaho
I just completed my PhD. My dissertation focused on the effect of a service-learning experience on character development of university students and the impact on community partners. In addition to being a graduate student, I have been involved in service-learning as a community partner, as the volunteer coordinator at a local elementary school for the past eight years. During that time, I worked with literally hundreds of university service-learning students, community members, and instructors. I am now a fulltime academic support services coordinator.
Ahhh, the scenic beauty of Idaho...It's hard to beat!
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Cari Varner
PhD Candidate, Urban and Regional Planning and Design, University of Maryland
Instructor, Architectural Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
In 2001, I received a Bachelor of Science in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University. Later, I attended the University of Michigan where I graduated with a M.S. in Resource Policy and Behavior with a focus on environmental psychology and a Masters of Urban Planning. From 2007 - 2010, I served as Assistant Director of the Carl Small Town Center at Mississippi State University's School of Architecture. While at the CSTC, I worked throughout the state of Mississippi with various community organizations and municipalities on downtown revitalization, urban design and planning efforts. In 2009, I was selected by the Design Futures Council as an Emerging Leader in Sustainable Design. While pursuing a PhD at the University of Maryland, my research interests include: human-environment relations, urban design, community design, American suburban development and the socio-cultural influences on design. Currently, I am teaching at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and working on my dissertation.
My favorite place to be is at the beach and in the ocean, I always find it relaxing and restorative.
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Jessica Wangelin
Community Relations Associate, Office of Community Relations, University at Buffalo
Ph.D. Student, Higher Education Administration, University at Buffalo
I hold a Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies from Niagara University and an Ed.M. in Higher Education Administration from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York where I study and work. Since 2007 I have served as Community Relations Associate and worked in the area of community engagement on neighborhood programs, marketing, and communications in addition to coordinating our employees charitable giving campaign to benefit nonprofit organizations.
Currently I'm assisting on a research project to assess the role community foundations play in local college access networks in the state of Michigan. My professional background is in the areas of college and professional athletics, development, special events, and graduate admissions.
I'm interested in the institutionalization of service-learning and engagement initiatives, the faculty motivations for doing service-learning, and organizational resouces in that area. Fall 2012 will be the second year of coursework in my Ph.D. program.
This photo is in the living room of my 112 year old house and shows a dresser that I refinished. DIY and furniture makeovers are one of my hobbies, which I do for balance, fun, and as a creative outlet.