Christine Cress honored by Campus Compact

Christine CressOn April 13, Professor Christine Cress will receive the Oregon Campus Compact Engaged Faculty Award.

Cress is a professor of postsecondary, adult, and continuing education in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department. She is the author of three books on community service, including the internationally best-selling book Learning through Serving: A Student Guidebook for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement across Academic Disciplines and Cultural Communities, which has been adopted as a textbook at more than 30 colleges. Cress is recognized as one of the most prolific faculty-engaged scholars and is an expert on civic engagement as a pedagogical agent. She is the initiator of the PSU master’s specialization and graduate certificate in service-learning and community-based learning.

“Dr. Cress is one of PSU’s most innovative and influential community engaged scholars,” said President Wim Wiewel. “Her research demonstrates how this type of pedagogy significantly increases learning, retention, and degree attainment, while preparing students for active and meaningful participation in civic life. Portland State University is very proud to claim Dr. Christine Cress as one of our own.”

“Christine holds herself, her students, and her discipline to the highest standards of academic integrity,” said Stephanie Stockamer, a Pacific University faculty member and PSU alumna who studied with Cress. “By this I mean that she cares deeply about student learning, driven by a strong orientation toward social justice and the value she places on education as a means to a more equitable society.”

Oregon Campus Compact is a nonprofit organization that works with colleges and universities to advance student engagement with community-based projects for social responsibility.

The Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award recognizes a senior faculty member for exemplary engaged scholarship, including acting as a leader in advancing students’ civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education’s contributions to the public good.

The Graduate Certificate in Service-Learning in Higher Education Community-Based Learning in Postsecondary Education can be taken alone or as a specialization in a master’s degree in educational leadership. For more information, contact the Educational Leadership and Policy Department, 503-725-4619 or

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