Former GSE instructor Stephanie Stokamer, EdD ’11, has received honors from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE). She is the recipient of the organization’s freshman award, entitled Recognition of Exemplary Contribution through Research and Community Engagement: Early Career. The award recognizes her important contributions to research on service-learning and community engagement. This honor also included an invitation to present her research at this year’s IARSLCE conference, September 27, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
“It really was such an honor to be recognized by my peers in this way,” said Stokamer after attending the celebration in New Orleans. “IARSLCE is a fantastic organization that supports better understanding of civic learning through community engagement around the world, and as a practitioner-scholar, I think the conference participants really feel like my people.” She expressly thanked her mentor, GSE professor Christine Cress, and her colleagues at Pacific University for their ongoing support of her work.
Stokamer is the director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. When she worked at PSU, she earned accolades also from IARSLCE, for her doctoral thesis, Pedagogical Catalysts of Civic Competence: The Development of a Critical Epistemological Model for Community-Based Learning.
She has taught graduate and undergraduate community engagement programs since 2005 and is an author of the book Community Partner Guide to Campus Collaborations: Strategies for Enhancing Your Community as a Co-educator and of many other publications on the topic of community engagement.