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 group is led by Senior Editorial Fellow Barbara Harrison (doctoral candidate, Brock University, Canada) and mentored by Co-Editors Billy O’Steen, Ph.D. (Senior Lecturer, College of Education, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand) and Patti Clayton, Ph.D. (Practitioner-Scholar, PHC Ventures; Senior Scholar, Center for Service and Learning, IUPUI; Visiting Fellow, NERCHE; and Visiting Scholar, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; USA), all of whom were selected by the IARSLCE Board of Directors to guide and support this project.
The Editorial Fellows have worked together since June 2011 to create the vision and to execute the task of producing the Proceedings. We are an international group of graduate students from 4 countries. We have coordinated across time zones and international datelines with the help of online technology, including Skype, Dropbox, Wordle 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]
Jessica Averitt Taylor, doctoral student, University of Alabama, USA

I am PhD student in the School of Social Work at The University of Alabama (UA). I am currently employed as Assistant to the Editor at the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship. I received my Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2005, and completed my Master of Social Work degree at UA in 2007. I recently co-authored a successful grant application for an engagement project, “Project Tuscaloosa: A community-based participatory research initiative to address local health concerns.” The objective of the project is to use community-based participatory research for the development of a sustainable community-led strategic plan to address a health issue identified by community stakeholders in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. My research interests involve reproductive health policy, outreach scholarship, social determinants of health, and health disparities. I hope to complete my dissertation this spring.
Sarah Brackmann, PhD Candidate, Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia, USA

My dissertation examines the public and private goods of university-community partnerships by studying the impact of market forces and market-like behaviors (perhaps in hopes of making people’s lives better) on the design and implementation of these programs. Before studying at UGA, I developed service-learning programs at Georgia Tech and facilitated community partnerships at Our Lady of the Lake University (TX). As a graduate assistant in UGA's Office of Service-Learning, I support faculty development and manage multiple research projects studying the impact of service-learning. Other research projects focus on academic capitalism, reciprocity, international service-learning, and student learning.
Patti H. Clayton, PHC Ventures, IUPUI, NERCHE, & UNCG, USA (co-editor)

I have been working in the area of service-learning / community engagement for about 12 years and am now an Independent Consultant & Practitioner-Scholar with appointments at IUPUI, UNCG, and NERCHE. Working with some amazing students, faculty, staff, and community members 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 last year 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.
Lina D. Dostilio, Ed.D Candidate, Director of Academic Community Engagement, Duquesne University, USA

For my dissertation, I am developing an in-depth explanatory case study of one community-university partnership that exhibits many characteristics of democratic engagement. I serve on the Graduate Student Network of IARSLCE, and am the group's representative on the Association's Board of Directors. Professionally, as Director of Academic Community Engagement for Duquesne University, I direct initiatives that involve community-engaged teaching and research.
Kathleen 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. Most recently this has included focusing intentional time to building relationships and collaborating with the members and staff of a daytime homeless center, particularly around ideas of (re)defining community and community building as it relates to our physical space and the significance of place, our place, in relation to the city.
The picture is of a collection of signs we made at the Interactive Resource Center (IRC) to carry in a 4th of July parade. We asked people what words they thought best represented us. Hope, Trust, Home, Heal, Food, Justice, Love, Family were just a few of the words we captured.
Kyle Fluegge, Ph.D Candidate, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

I am currently in Ethiopia collecting data for my dissertation. This summer I spent time in Florida, learning Amharic (one of the Ethiopian languages.) My dissertation relates to a service-learning project that I have planned with faculty at Ohio State and an Ethiopian Community service group in Columbus. I hope to expand on this research by examining how service-learning in immigrant health awareness and prevention is impacted by the non-endemic nature of immigrant diseases and ways to enhance such service-learning in the developed world. Central Ohio has many Ethiopian and Somali immigrants and thus this is a prime initial area of focus.
This is my cat Maddie. She's fifteen years old but doesn't look or act her age, thank goodness.
Barbara Harrison, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Education, Brock University, Canada (Senior Editorial Fellow)

I am currently writing my PhD dissertation which is a case study of faculty members at a university in Northern Ontario, Canada who are involved in a service-learning network that focuses on food security. I consider myself to be a practitioner-scholar. I am a member of the steering committee of the Graduate Student Network. I Co-Chair the Ontario Community Service-Learning Network, which is a group of representatives from universities and colleges in Ontario. I am currently working on various collaborative projects on topics such as reciprocity, access to post-secondary education, and faculty learning.
I chose the image of a rural mailbox made out of rusty metal as I really enjoy creative expression in any form but especially in funky one-of-a-kind pieces. I appreciate the sense of play in this piece -- it makes me smile every-time I pass it.
Elizabeth Hudson, PhD Candidate, University of Michigan, USA

I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Michigan’s Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. My scholarly interests include higher education's community and social responsibility, community perspectives on institutional partnership, and community programs to improve educational access. I have spent most of my career at the Center as a researcher at the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, where I have participated in a multi-institutional partnership to improve education access opportunities in Detroit. The dynamics of this partnership and its approach to community capacity building are the subject of my dissertation.
Becky McNamara, PhD Candidate, Western Michigan University, USA

I am currently collecting data for my dissertation which is exploring the experience of undergraduate students who participate in international service-learning with a social justice focus. Prior to starting my doctoral studies, I worked in Higher Education Student Affairs in a variety of positions including campus ministry, new student orientation, student leadership and activities, and community service. I also have worked for four years as the volunteer coordinator for a shelter for homeless teenagers in Seattle, WA.
I recently moved back home to Washington after spending eight years in the midwest. I am enjoying seeing mountains again!
Cardiff by the Sea, California

Billy O'Steen, PhD, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (co-editor)

Serendipity, friendships, collegiality, and taking risks have provided me with amazing opportunities to work in some awesome places and jobs including NC State University, Lake Tahoe Community College, University of Virginia, Nature's Way Middle School, Children's International Summer Village in Brazil, Webb School of Knoxville, the Peace Corps, and the U.S. Senate. My current focus is in developing an effective university response through service-learning to rebuilding the city of Christchurch after 3 devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.
Many thanks to Barbara, Patti, and the Editorial Fellows for making this Proceedings project happen!
Photo is from Swami's surfbreak at Cardiff by the Sea, just north of San Diego. Beautiful spot where I had a fantastic day of longboard surfing with my kids and wife in July 2009.
David Owen, Research and Development Manager, National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement, Bristol, UK

I am employed as a Research and Development Manager at the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement. Our project is the first of its kind in the UK, initiated in 2008 by the Research and Higher Education funding councils - we are working to encourage universities to recognise that they have a major responsibility to contribute to society through their public engagement, and that they have much to gain in return. I am currently studying for an MSc in Development Management, and have a wide range of interests including volunteering, service-learning, civic education, international development, systems thinking and the role of sports in development.
I took this image on an old film SLR, which I recently purchased - this was one of those lucky shots.
Lane Perry, PhD Candidate, College of Education, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Canterbury (UC) and in the final months of completing my thesis on the topic of service-learning in New Zealand university classrooms and the influence it has on students’ engagement. I am currently a member of the Graduate Student Network Steering Committee, which is the hub for graduate student activity within the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. I am particularly passionate about the service aspect of service-learning and community engagement. I see the value in developing individuals in order to empower others while simultaneously making communities better places for everyone.
Julia Rodemeier, PhD, Associate Dean of Instruction, Bryant and Stratton College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I recently defended my doctoral dissertation which focused on the measurement of meaning in middle school service-learning. My Ph. D. is in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While my research focus has been service-learning in middle school, I work with instructional development in higher education, and I am currently working with Bryant and Stratton program directors to develop greater service-learning opportunities for students.
Neivin Shalabi, PhD Candidate, University of Denver, USA

My dissertation research is a mixed method study in which I examine service-learning partnerships in Egypt. Prior to starting my graduate studies in the U.S., I worked for almost nine years as an ESL instructor at both pre-and post-secondary institutions in Egypt. I have a strong passion for teaching. After obtaining my degree, I would like to get a tenure track faculty position.
This image is about the recent Egyptian revolution on Jan.25th, 2011. One of the most fascinating facets of this revolution is that it demonstrates the power of common people, especially youth.
Susan Steele, PhD Candidate, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, USA

Ahhh, the scenic beauty of Idaho...It's hard to beat! I have been involved in service-learning as a community partner, as the volunteer coordinator at a local elementary school for the past seven years. During that time, I have worked with literally hundreds of university service-learning students, community members, and instructors. I also work for the Center for ETHICS* which is housed at the University of Idaho. Recognizing that service-learning is a transformational and potentially transdisciplinary experience, it is my desire to study the essence of an academic community-based service-learning experience and how this impacts the moral development and leadership identity of university students, specifically student-athletes.
James E. Taylor, doctoral student, University of Alabama, USA

I am a PhD student in the School of Social Work at The University of Alabama (UA). I received my Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2006, and completed his Master of Social Work degree at UA in 2007. I have been employed with The University of Alabama as a teaching or research assistant for the past three years while pursuing my doctoral degree. Additionally, I have served as a course instructor for The University of Alabama at Birmingham. My area of interest involves the tenuous state of public policy and service delivery for adults with intellectual disabilities and their families. Specifically, I am interested in the challenges, concerns, and choices of caregivers as they plan (future planning) for the continuation of care for their loved ones once they are no longer able to do so. My wife (Jessica) is currently in the PhD program with me.
Carrie Williams Howe, doctoral student, University of Vermont, USA

I am the Director of our campus office of Community-University Partnerships & Service-Learning (CUPS) and also a doctoral student. On the side, I teach service-learning courses, including an intensive course this semester on disaster relief following Hurricane Irene. This combination of teaching, learning, research, and professional identities keeps me busy, but also keeps me very motivated and more fulfilled. I've just about completed my EdD coursework (after a hiatus to welcome my son Avery), and I'm beginning my dissertation; I'll be looking at students in senior capstone courses, and asking if there is a relationship between their readiness for that capstone and the extent of prior service-learning experience.
I chose this photo of a harvest from my garden because my family and I are passionate about local food, especially food we grow ourselves. I love knowing where my food comes from and the sense of community that comes with buying and enjoying local farmers' bounty.