Christine Cress has published a third book on service-learning—this time with a focus on the educational power of community organizations. The Community Partner Guide to Campus Collaborations: Strategies for Becoming a Co-Educator in Civic Engagement (Stylus, 2015) was written in collaboration with PSU alumna Stephanie Stokamer, EdD ’13, and Joyce Kaufman, a professor from Whittier College. The book is intended to help community agencies interested in civic engagement collaborations navigate the labyrinth of college programs and offers strategies for initiating and sustaining reciprocal educational relationships.
“The format and visual cues make the guide easy to scan for quick tips and ideas. Also, the information is comprehensive regarding research-based practices, but the writing is friendly and engaging for all nonprofit sectors and community agencies.”
—Juan, Immigrant Empowerment
Cress is an internationally known expert in civic engagement and service-learning. She is a professor and past chair in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department. She developed the Service-Learning Graduate Certificate and specialization at PSU as part of the master’s degree in educational leadership. She has published and presented hundreds of papers on service-learning, served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar to Middle East Technical University in Turkey, and developed and leads a graduate-level service-learning program with Lady Doak College in Madurai, India.
Stokamer is the director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Pacific University and holds two master’s degrees from PSU. She attained her EdD in postsecondary education in 2013 and also taught courses for the department. Her dissertation, Pedagogical Catalysts of Civic Competence: The Development of a Critical Epistemological Model for Community, received national recognition as Dissertation of the Year from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE).
From the publisher
Whether you are an expert or a novice in developing community-campus civic engagement and service-learning collaborations, this guide offers insights and strategies to leverage student learning and community empowerment for the benefit of all parties. Recognizing both the possibilities and the pitfalls of community-campus collaborations, it demystifies the often confusing terminology of education, explains how to locate the right individuals on campus, and addresses issues of mission, expectations for roles, tasks, training, supervision, and evaluation that can be fraught with miscommunication and misunderstanding.
Most important, it provides a model for achieving full reciprocity in what can be an unbalanced relationship among community and campus partners so that all stakeholders can derive the maximum benefit from their collaboration.