CSU Impact - CSL Newsletter
Volume III, No. 4
Your monthly source of Community Service-Learning News
December 12, 2005

News Stories

(from right to left) Season Eckardt, CSU Chancellor's Office and Maureen Rubin of CSU Northridge, are joined by Kathy O'Byrne of UCLA, and Tammy Anderson of USC at the AAC&U Conference. The poster presentation featured a regional civic engagement approach involving several institutions and the Los Angeles Mayor's Office.

AAC&U Conference on Civic Engagement

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has become one of the chief national associations offering conferences supporting civic engagement. Their recent conference, The Civic Engagement Imperative: Student Learning and the Public Good, held November 10-12, 2005 in Providence, Rhode Island, featured workshops on documenting the scholarship of engagement, enhancing critical reflection, and clarifying the meaning of civic engagement as an outcome of college. Several CSU representatives presented. Below is one highlight:
  • Judy Botelho, Assistant Director of Community Service Learning, joined Don Coan of Survey Research Consulting in a presentation, Multi-method Approaches to Assessing Civic Engagement Outcomes, describing the development of two new assessment tools.

Continuums of Service Conference - Call for Proposals

The 9th Annual Continuums of Service Conference will take place April 19-21, 2006 in Bellevue, Washington. This year’s conference, Engaging Leadership: New Visions, Voices, and Models, will bring together 500 colleagues to explore multiple perspectives on leadership, service learning, and civic engagement and share program models.

You can submit a proposal around the conference theme and learn about other ways to participate by visiting the conference’s website. The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, January 13, 2006. Registration will begin in January.


CSU Conference on Community-Based Teaching and Research

Registration is now open for the first CSU Conference on Community-Based Teaching and Research, which will be held March 3-4, 2006, at Cal Poly Pomona. This is the first conference of its kind in the CSU. The conference will bring together service-learning practitioners and community-based researchers to share and discuss research methods and results, build multi-campus and interdisciplinary collaborations, and share lessons learned from challenges faced while working with communities in California and beyond.

Some highlights of the conference format:
  • The first day of the conference will include five skill-building workshops in parallel.

  • The keynote address will be delivered by Randy Stoecker, author of Research Methods for Community Change, who will speak on, Why Don't We Do More Participatory Research?

  • On the second day, more than 60 CSU faculty and partners have been selected to participate in panels along four conference tracks: student learning outcomes, community impacts, teacher preparation, and issues of social justice.

With nearly 200 CSU faculty expected to attend, the conference will be an excellent opportunity for professional development and for developing statewide collaborations. For more information and to register, please see our conference web site or write to: Jerry Eisman, CSU Service-Learning Faculty Scholar.

International Conference on Service Learning Research

The 5th Annual International Conference on Service Learning Research was held in East Lansing, Michigan. The conference featured presentations from countries as distant as Argentina and South Africa. The CSU was represented by two presentations:

  • San José State faculty Debra David and Amy Strage presented, Assessing a Community-University Partnership: The CommUniverCity Collaborative, a description of the design of an assessment plan for a community-university-city partnership created to match service-learning students with priorities identified by residents of a highly diverse, economically disadvantaged neighborhood.

  • Ana Garcia-Nevarez, from Sacramento State joined Amy Strage to present their early results of a multi-campus study conducted with Kari Knutson-Miller from CSU Fullerton on Factors Influencing Preservice Teachers' Career Commitment and Attitudes Toward Diversity Across Multiple Service-Learning Experiences.

The keynote speaker, Rick Battistoni, Professor of Political Science, Providence College, spoke on Approaching Democratic Engagement: Research Findings on Civic Learning and Civic Practice. Next year’s conference will be held at Portland State University in Fall 2006.