Posts Tagged 'What We’re Reading'

What We’re Reading: Realizing STEM Equity and Diversity through Higher Education-Community Engagement

The new National Science Foundation-Supported White Paper “Realizing STEM Equity and Diversity through Higher Education-Community Engagement” (January 2015) is what we’re reading.

The purpose of this white paper is to present a promising approach to advancing equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through higher education-community engagement. This paper will advance both the understanding and practice in the field by presenting key findings and recommendations for effective higher education-community engagement in STEM.

This paper is the product of a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the University of Pennsylvania, which supported an international workshop on the role of institutions of higher education in fostering P-20+ community engagement through knowledge production, human capacity building (including broadening participation and the integration of research and education), innovation, and social cohesion. This white paper summarizes the learning and knowledge generated through the international workshop held in the U.S., as well as a second international meeting held in South Africa.

Authored by Ira Harkavy, Nancy Cantor and Myra Burnett, this paper concludes with a series of recommendations, derived from the two international workshops, which have powerful implications for significantly enhancing STEM equity, driving broader participation and producing better science. Moreover, the findings in this white paper demonstrate the value of learning and collaboration on a global basis for reducing inequalities in STEM in communities throughout the world.

A PDF of the white paper can be found here.

What We’re Reading: New Volume of Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement

We’re busy reading the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, volume 18(4). The issue is available at
and full-text articles can be accessed subscription free. It includes the following research articles, reflective essays, programs with promise, and book reviews.


The ABCDs of Service-Learning: Who is Serving Whom?
Devorah Lieberman  pp. 7-16

Engaged Learning and Peace Corps Service in Tanzania: An Autoethnography
Brianna Darling with John M. Kerr, Laurie Thorp, Kimberly Chung  pp. 17-38


U.S. Higher Education Regional Accreditation Commission Standards and the Centrality of Engagement
Valerie O. Paton, Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Birgit L. Green, Megan Raymond, Melody P. Borchardt  pp. 41-70

The Engaged Dissertation: Exploring Trends in Doctoral Student Research
Audrey J. Jaeger, Jeremy B. Tuchmayer, Shauna M. Morin  pp. 71-96

Exploring Intercollegiate Athletic Department–Community Partnerships Through the Lens of Community Service Organizations
Per G. Svensson, Matthew R. Huml, Meg G. Hancock  pp. 97-128

Outreach and Engagement Education for Graduate Students in Natural Resources: Developing a Course to Enrich a Graduate Outreach Requirement
Jo A. Latimore, Erin A. Dreelin, Jordan Pusateri Burroughs  pp. 129-154 


Moviéndose a Través de Languages and Literacies Through Code-Switching in a Community Literacies Event
Luciana C. de Oliveira, Zaira Arvelo Alicea, Ileana Cortés Santiago  pp. 157-176

The Impact of Service-Learning on Preservice Professionals’ Dispositions Toward Diversity
Jocelyn Glazier, Harriet Able, Amy Charpentier  pp. 177-198


Grounding Service-Learning in the Digital Age: Exploring a Virtual Sense of Geographic Place Through Online Collaborative Mapping and Mixed Media
Marie G. Sandy, Zeno E. Franco  pp. 201-232


Democratically Engaged Community–University Partnerships: Reciprocal Determinants of Democratically Oriented Roles and Processes
Lina D. Dostilio  pp. 235-244 

Community–University Research Partnerships: Reflections on the Canadian Social Economy Experience
Tom Buchanan  pp. 247-252

The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a Crossroads
Tami L. Moore  pp. 253-258

Deepening Community Engagement in Higher Education: Forging New Pathways
Susan Harden  pp. 259-264

What We’re Reading: Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement


Read the latest edition of Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, North Carolina Campus Compact’s peer-reviewed, online journal hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Volume 5 Number 2 (2014) includes:


Bridging Borders with Mexico: Creative Strategies to Promote Engaged International Service Learning
Julie Whitaker and Mary Elizabeth Bathum (Edgewood College)           

Food Insecurity and an Urban American Elementary School: Findings and Consequences of a Community-based Research and Service-Learning Project
Carolyn Behrman, Mary Benedetto, Tom Derrig, Barbara Harsh, Elisa Marchione, Leanna Ross, Michael Vimont (University of Akron)                                                                         

Key Elements of Effective Service-Learning Partnerships from the Perspective of Community Partners
Alan Tinkler and Barri Tinkle (University of Vermont), Ethan Hausman (O’Brien Community Center), and Gabe Tufo-Strouse (King Street Center)                                                              

The Adaptive Cycle As a Lens for Service Learning – Community Engagement Partnerships
Caroline M. Berinyuy (University of Virginia), Hallie Eilerts, Marguerite McDaniel and Dillon Chapman (U of Virginia alums), Shirley Pendlebury (University of Cape Town, South Africa), Claudia J. Ford (Antioch University), Robert J. Swap (U of Virginia and North West University, South Africa)                                  


Rural Service-Learning on the Blue Bus: A Retrospective in Hopes of Advancing Transformative Civic Engagement in Higher Education
Eva Meredith Hagenhofer (Milwaukee Area Technical College)                   

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