ANDREW FURCO Professor and Associate Department Chair for the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development and Director of the International Center for Research on Community Engagement at the University of Minnesota.
Andrew Furco is Professor and Associate Department Chair for the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development and Director of the International Center for Research on Community Engagement at the University of Minnesota. He also serves as Associate Editor for Research for the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, and serves on the Editorial Board of Directors for Revista Iberoamericana de Aprendizaje Servicio, the first scientific journal in Spanish dedicated to disseminating research, reflections, and experiences pertaining to service-learning.
From 2008-2021, Professor Furco served as the University’s Associate Vice President for Public Engagement. In this role, he worked units across the University of Minnesota to advance the institutionalization of community engagement within the University’s research, teaching, and outreach missions. Prior to arriving at Minnesota, he worked as a researcher and faculty member in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley, where he served as founding director of the University’s Service-Learning Research and Development Center (SLRDC). During his 13 years as SLRDC director at Berkeley and his 15 years at the University of Minnesota, he had the privilege of working with more than 50 graduate students, from a broad range of disciplines and fields, who have served as research assistants and partners on a wide of projects.
In 1998, he was selected by the National Campus Compact to serve as a National Engaged Scholar. Through this work, he developed and standardized the Self-Assessment Rubric for Institutionalizing Service-Learning in Higher Education, which has been incorporated into the service-learning work at more than 400 colleges in various counties.
Professor Furco has consulted with more than 100 universities in more than 30 countries on issues pertaining to the advancement and institutionalization of service-learning and community engagement. His publications include the books, Service-Learning: The Essence of the Pedagogy (2001), Service-Learning Through a Multidisciplinary Lens (2002), Service-Learning: How Does It Measure Up? (2016), as well as more than 100 journal articles and book chapters that explore the study and practice of service-learning and community engagement.
Invited Talk: 17 November 2022 (HKT 09:00-10:15)
NICOLE WEBSTERAssociate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Professor of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management (RPTM) in the College of Health and Human Development
Nicole Webster, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Professor of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management (RPTM) in the College of Health and Human Development. Her scholarship and teaching incorporate facets of youth development, civic engagement, and equity in public spaces, specifically in relation to historically marginalized youth in domestic and international settings. In addition to her work in formal academic settings, she has designed, facilitated, and evaluated national and international training focused on equity and inclusion in civic educational spaces.
Invited Talk: 18 November 2022 (HKT 10:15-11:15)