A North Carolina native, I live in Cary, NC with my husband Kevin and our feline family. I read everything I can get my hands on by Parker Palmer (Let Your Life Speak is a constant companion) and Diana Gabaldon (historical fiction), enjoy spending time in the mountains (any mountains, but especially southwest Virginia), fell in love with Zion and Denali National Parks on our first visits, and am a lifelong fan of Star Trek and John Denver.

I have fifteen years of experience as a practitioner-scholar in community-engaged teaching and learning and in experiential education more generally, including as an independent consultant with around 100 colleges / universities and higher education organizations in the US, Canada, and Ireland (see list here).

co-developed with students and faculty a leading critical reflection and assessment model (the DEAL Model for Critical Reflection), models for student leadership in service-learning, and a variety of faculty development and curriculum development processes related to community-campus engagement. I have led College-level institutionalization efforts, discipline-based and multi-disciplinary faculty learning communities, engaged graduate and undergraduate education initiatives, and a range of intra- and inter-institutional collaborations. My work focuses on building the capacity of individuals, units, institutions, and the field as a whole for scholarly community-engaged teaching and learning. Building on my collaboration with John Saltmarsh and Matt Hartley in the Democratic Engagement White Paper  (2009), I am especially intrigued by possibilities for designing teaching and learning, partnerships, and scholarship in ways that position all participants as co-educators, co-learners, and co-generators of knowledge. 

My student and faculty colleagues and I co-produced an instructors’ guide and a student tutorial -- Learning through Critical Reflection -- as well as a faculty resource guide on instructional design for integrated service-learning. I co-edited (with Bringle and Hatcher) the 2-volume set Research on Service Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Assessment (Stylus, 2013), have co-authored over 40 book chapters and articles in the past ten years, and have co-facilitated over 175 conference sessions, many of them with undergraduate or graduate students. 

 I serve as an Associate Editor with the Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning and am on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Learning in Higher Education. I am a Board member of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement and served as a Co-Editor (with an international team of graduate students) of the Associations’ annual Conference Proceedings in 2011 and 2012.

I formerly served as founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Curricular Engagement at NC State University and as a Faculty Fellow with National Campus Compact’s Project on Integrating Service with Academic Study. I have integrated service-learning into all of my own courses since 1999, ranging from “environmental ethics” to “leadership” to “contemporary science, technology, and human values.”  In all aspects of my work I seek to support intellectual, personal, and civic development through co-creating mentoring communities grounded in reflective practice, leadership, and scholarship. Beyond community-engaged teaching, learning, and scholarship, my academic interests include environmental philosophy and environmental studies, leadership development, and the history and philosophy of science. I earned my Ph.D. (1995) and M.S. (1992) from the Curriculum in Ecology at UNC-Chapel Hill.  

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... and take a look at what some other folks think about our work together ...  

Campuses (Lipscomb University, Birmingham-Southern College)

Alumni student leaders (Brake, Grissom, McClure, Respet, West, & Whitney; excerpted from award nomination)

Community-faculty partners (Snow & Hess; excerpted from award nomination)

Faculty member  (McGuire; IUPUI)

National engagement scholar (Bringle; excerpted from award nomination)

National engagement scholar (Saltmarsh; excerpted from award nomination)   



Just for fun, this is me -- personally and professionally -- as a word cloud !