Research Recognitions

The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) is the only international organization whose expressed primary purpose is to cultivate, encourage, and present research across all engagement forms and educational levels. IARSLCE connects scholars around the world to advance knowledge on service-learning and community engagement.

 2021 Recipients

In recognition of exemplary contributions through research on service-learning and community engagement, IARSLCE honors those whose research contributes significantly to understanding and advancing community engagement, across all approaches and all educational sectors. This year we are pleased to present the recipients of this year’s awards.
 
DISTINGUISHED CAREER AWARD
IARSLCE is pleased to recognize Dr. Jean Strait with the Distinguished Career award. At the forefront of pedagogical practices for equitable and effective learning, Dr. Strait was among the first to bring e-service-learning to the field. Currently, Founder and Executive Director of Foundation for the Advancement of Culture and Education, Strait was previously an Associate Vice President at Buffalo State University and Professor of Education at Hamline University. Dr. Strait’s 30-plus years in education has had significant impacts on scholarship and practice, and she continues to lead, mentor, and inspire in her work to create inclusive and successful education experiences for schools, communities, and family systems.
 
EARLY CAREER AWARD
IARSLCE is pleased to recognize Dr. Clare Cannon with the Early Career award. Dr. Cannon is an Assistant Professor of Human Ecology at the University of California at Davis. The Early Career award acknowledges and celebrates intellectual leadership through an emerging body of work that has begun to demonstrate broad and deep impact on community engagement. Dr. Cannon is an exceptional scholar with research expertise in environmental justice, health disparities, gender inequality, and intimate partner violence. Specifically, Dr. Cannon’s research collaborations  center on community based participatory action research projects that serve to advance our knowledge of environmental justice threats and solutions; as well as impart new skills to students, engender new areas of research-advocacy for faculty, and produce new partners for community organizations.
 
COMMUNITY OUTCOMES AND IMPACT AWARD
IARSLCE is pleased to recognize Dr. Katherine Kim, Adjunct Associate Professor at UC Davis School of Medicine and Principal at Health Science and Consumer Health Informatics at MITRE. Her work with communities to build capacity to conduct research, implement interventions that directly impact health, and/or engage people who are not typically involved in meaningful ways is celebrated through the Community Outcomes and Impact award. Dr. Kim’s work engages Yurok families and Karuk youth to develop and conduct research to better understand food access and to create systems for collaborative care.
 
PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
IARSLCE is pleased to recognize Dr. Marianne LeGreco, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. We recognize Dr. LeGreco for her work grounded in community-engaged approaches to building communication infrastructure around food. Her scholarship is multi modal—from TED Talks to books published with academic presses—bringing attention to issues of food insecurity and community responses to food justice. Her work has helped change policies at the city and county level, created food councils at the county level, and shifted the focus from individual behaviors around food practices to social determinants and barriers within our food systems.
 
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION AWARD
IARSLCE is pleased to recognize Dr. Éilish Burke, Ussher Assistant Professor in Ageing
and Intellectual Disability at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, and Associate Director of the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion award celebrates her research partnerships with an often overlooked population, people with intellectual disabilities, as co-creators of new knowledge. Dr. Burke’s research and program development has improved access and opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities to be empowered in their healthcare choices.
 
DISSERTATION AWARD
The recipient of the Dissertation Award is Dr. Melissa Quan, who received her doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is receiving this award for her dissertation, A Framework for Justice-Centering Relationships in Higher Education Community Engagement, a grounded theory study that generates significant new understanding into how stakeholders in campus-community partnerships define the kinds of impact they want to achieve from a partnership. It is scholarship that not only includes the voices of the community, but centers power and knowledge in the community, leading to a framework for more equitable and just relationship between the campus and the community. 
 
PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Publication of the Year celebrates the author(s) of a single published scholarly article, book chapter, book, or book series that has had or will have a significant impact on the study and/or practice of service-learning and community engagement.
 
The Publication of the Year is awarded to Dr. Rachael Shah, Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, for her book Rewriting Partnerships: Community Perspectives of Community-Based Learning (Utah State University Press). The book is a thoughtful, robust exploration of how to take seriously the experiences and knowledges of the communities who partner with universities. Centering the voices of more than 80 community members, the book challenges common assumptions about who can create knowledge about community-based learning while exploring structural changes to the design of community engagement programs that create space for community voices, from community advisory boards to participatory evaluation. 
Congratulations to the recipients of the IARSLCE awards. Thank you to all of the nominees and association members who participated in the review process to determine this year's recipients.

General Information

The Distinguished Career Award acknowledges and celebrates intellectual leadership through a body of work that has broad and deep impact on the study and/or practice of service-learning and community engagement, including the communities, cultures, and systems within which it is undertaken. 

The Early Career Award acknowledges and celebrates intellectual leadership through an emerging body of work that has begun to demonstrate broad and deep impact on the study and/or practice of service-learning and community engagement, including the communities, cultures, and systems within which it is undertaken.

The Dissertation Award acknowledges and celebrates a dissertation that advances research on service-learning and community engagement through rigorous and innovative inquiry and has the potential for impact on the study and/or practice of service-learning and community engagement, including the communities, cultures, and systems within which it is undertaken. 

The Publication of the Year Award acknowledges and celebrates the author(s) of a single published scholarly article, book chapter, book, or book series that has had a significant impact on the study and/or practice of service-learning and community engagement, including the communities, cultures, and systems within which it is undertaken. 

The International Research Award recognizes excellence in research and scholarship that advances the study and practice of service-learning and community engagement within and/or across borders and cultures, expanding knowledge on cultural, regional, and national practices in service-learning and community engagement theory and practice, especially work that centers or engages in non-US contexts. 

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award recognizes excellence in research and scholarship that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion in the study and practice of service-learning and community engagement (SLCE). The purpose of the award is to recognize research that focuses specifically on a) the needs and experiences of diverse stakeholders in SLCE; b) practices that promote equity for marginalized or underserved communities; and c) strategies that make SLCE projects - and the field as a whole - more inclusive of diverse communities and perspectives. 

The Community Outcomes and Impact Award recognizes excellence in service-learning and community engaged research that advances community outcomes and impacts. While all SLCE scholarship should contribute to community-based stakeholders, this award recognizes research that has had a significant impact on an organization or program, and/or measurably benefited a community.  

The Public Scholarship Award recognizes excellent interdisciplinary research that has a demonstrable ameliorative impact on pressing public issues with a special focus on the knowledge needs of policymakers and practitioners. This award recognizes research that generates non-traditional scholarly products, presented in a manner that is widely accessible to targeted audiences and/or the general public. Such work might include policy briefs, program evaluations, white papers, reports, translations of scientific or other scholarly findings, site revitalization plans, concept maps, videos, or other creative products designed to respond to and inform broader publics.

Past Award Recipients

Dissertation:
2008: Julie Hatcher, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis and Emily Janke, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (co-recipients)
2009: Alan Bloomgarden, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2010: Katrina Norvell, Portland State University and Elaine Ward, Dublin Institute of Technology (co-recipients)
2011: Stephanie T. Stokamer, Portland State University
2012: Lina Dostilio, Duquesne University
2013: Travis York, The Pennsylvania State University
2014: Kendra Brewster, City University of New York
2015: Cynthia Toms, Westmont College
2016: Nora Pillard Reynolds, Temple University
2017: Kristi Farner, University of Georgia
2018: Elisabeth Fornaro, Temple University
2019: Thomas Dahan, Rutgers University, Camden
2020: Dr. Colleen Rost-Banik, University of Minnesota


Early Career Research Award:
2008: KerryAnn O’Meara, University of Maryland College Park
2009: Nicholas Long, Providence College
2010: Timothy Eatman, Syracuse University
2011: Tania Smith, Stanford University
2012: Emily Janke, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
2013: Eric Hartman, Providence College
2016: Stephanie Stokamer, Pacific University
2017: Amy Cook, University of Massachusetts Boston
2018: Danielle Lake, Grand Valley State University and Timothy Shaffer, Kansas State University (co-recipients)

Distinguished Research Award:
2003: Andrew Furco, University of California at Berkeley
2004: Robert Bringle, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
2005: Sherril Gelmon, Portland State University
2006: Barbara Holland, National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
2007: Janet Eyler, Vanderbilt University
2008: Shelley Billig, RMC Research Corporation
2009: Dwight Giles, Jr., University of Massachusetts Boston
2010: Barbara Moely, Tulane University
2011: Jeffrey Howard, Depaul University
2012: Rahima Wade, University of Iowa (posthumous)
2013: Lorilee Sandmann, University of Georgia
2014: Sarena Seifer, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
2015: Edward Zlotkowski, Bentley University
2016: Barbara Jacoby, University of Maryland, College Park
2017: Julie Hatcher, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
2018: Patti H. Clayton
2019: Nadine Peterson, University of Johannesburg
2020: Nadinne Cruz

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award
2019: Tania Mitchell, University of Minnesota
2020: Professor Darren E. Lund (University of Calgary)International Award Recipient


Public Scholarship Award
2019: Dotte Agency, University of Kansas School of Architecture and Design

Community Outcomes and Impact Award
2019: Montagnard Dega Association / Montagnard American Association
2020: Professor Tom Dee (Stanford University), Professor Emily Penner (University of California Irvine), and Assistant Superintendent Bill Sanderson (San Francisco Unified School District)

 

International Research Award

2020:  Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), Service-Learning and Leadership Office

Publication of the Year Award

2020: Dr. Elizabeth Yomantas of Pepperdine University for her chapter “Decolonizing Knowledge and Fostering Critical Allyship,” which appears in the book Teaching and Learning for Social Justice and Equity in Higher Education (Parson & Ozaki, 2020)