Virginia Tech seeks Program Manager, Remember-Serve-Learn Initiative, VT Engage: The Community Learning Collaborative

The program manager will be responsible for the design and implementation of the Remember-Serve-Learn Initiative (RSLI), a new program designed to use service as a memorial to 9/11 and 4/16. Part of the National Day of Service, the RSLI will develop community-based networks and volunteer recruiting pipelines in the areas of mentoring/tutoring of at-risk youth and volunteer fire/rescue squads. The first year of the program will focus on programs in Blacksburg and Roanoke.

The manager will have significant independent responsibility for development of organizational networks around each topic and in each location; oversight of the planning and development process for the web-based VT Engage portal and a volunteer management system; planning and coordination of annual Commissioning Day ceremonies for volunteers; development of a training curriculum related to volunteer management; oversight of meetings of RSLI networks; sourcing and development of training for volunteers in each network; and evaluation and assessment of the RSLI program.

The program manager will work closely with VT Engage faculty and staff on all phases of the project, serving as the liaison between Virginia Tech and the community. The manager will also be responsible for budgeting and tracking expenditures in each RSLI network. The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in public administration, nonprofit management, community development, or related field; experience recruiting and managing student or community volunteers; knowledge of effective practices in training and/or curriculum development; excellent communications and presentation skills, to include writing, public speaking, meeting facilitation, and marketing; strong team building, organization, negotiation, and coordination skills; ability to work as part of a collaborative team and deliver superior programs in a highly dynamic and diverse environment.

For more information, contact Gary Kirk at garykirk{at} vt {dot} edu. Or, apply at

Georgetown University seeks Executive Director, Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service (CSJ)

Georgetown University invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the executive director of its Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service (CSJ). A senior leadership position on Georgetown’s Main Campus and a member of the provost’s council, the executive director leads a staff of 14 and an additional 250 work-study students. Approximately 10 percent of Georgetown undergraduates are involved in twice-weekly tutoring and mentoring activities, and nearly half are involved annually in at least one of the Center’s programs.
The Center for Social Justice, now just twelve years old, serves as the intellectual home for students, faculty and staff who seek to advance the university’s commitment to justice and the common good through community-based research, teaching and service. Deeply engaged in the local community, CSJ with increasing success also supports students and faculty in connecting issues of need and inequity within their local community to broader social and political issues at the national and global level. By fostering sustainable partnerships, leveraging an extraordinary alumni network, and securing greater philanthropic support, CSJ expects to deepen its support for Georgetown’s mission of educating students “to be reflective lifelong learners, to be responsible and active participants in civic life and to live generously in service to others”.

The successful candidate will bring a demonstrated commitment to social justice and an intrinsic resonance with Jesuit ideals that animate the university. He or she will have significant administrative experience sufficient to allow confident oversight of a signature university unit, including operational, academic and financial planning, and demonstrated excellence in interpersonal, written and oral communication as well as a highly collaborative leadership style. The new executive director will assist the university’s establishment and maintenance of collaborative l partnerships with diverse entities and communities. Experience in and genuine enjoyment of the university environment, as well as an affinity for collaborating closely with students, faculty and staff is required. Experience with global issues of social justice is desirable, and an informed understanding and appreciation for the value, language and logic of community-based teaching and scholarship is necessary. A master’s degree is required and an earned doctorate is preferred. An academic background in social justice, justice and peace studies, sociology, government, public policy, or another relevant field is desirable. Additional information is available about this position at . Candidates should review this information before preparing their materials.

A full leadership profile is available upon request. Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited and should be sent electronically via e-mail to the university’s consultants, Robin Mamlet, Dr. Jean Dowdall and Elizabeth Bohan, at GUCSJ {at} wittkieffer(.)com. Questions may be directed to the consultants through the office of Donna Janulis at 630-575-6131.

Appalachian State University Seeks Director of Service-Learning

Appalachian State University is seeking a dynamic, creative, energetic, organized professional to join a great team to advance the civic engagement of our student body. The position reports to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and affords the unique opportunity of working with experienced professionals in a team approach to meet community needs through service-learning & community-based research. ACT has a 24 year history of meeting community needs by engaging students & faculty members in the community. The successful candidate will oversee both the domestic and international service-learning programs, comprised of over 100 courses. The position description and more information about ACT, University College, and Appalachian State University are available at and ACT has a strong national reputation for developing outstanding student leaders, a thriving co-curricular volunteer and service-learning program, and history of maintaining positive and healthy relationships with our community partners.

General Job Description:

The Director of Service-Learning works to strengthen and expand the service-learning & community-based research programs, including both domestic and international efforts. The Director manages all aspects of the Service-Learning & Community-Based Research Program including: project development, faculty/community partner development and relations, grants, syllabi review, student orientation sessions, risk management, assessment, etc. The Director of Service-Learning works collaboratively with many Student Development offices and academic departments, in particular the Office of International Education and Development (OIED) and the Hubbard Programs for Faculty Excellence, and the Office of Student Research. The Director of Service-Learning will advance strategic initiatives related to service-learning through the coordination and facilitation of the Service-Learning Council, comprised of faculty, students, and community partners. Additionally, the Director will market both the domestic and international options available to students. The Director of Service-Learning will supervise and mentor graduate assistants, interns, and students.


Master’s Degree and minimum 5 years of relevant experience required. Experience must include either applying service-learning in academic courses or administering an academic service-learning program. Preferred qualifications include international travel, administrative experience, conducting faculty trainings, advising/leading students, partnership development, as well as a demonstrated commitment to service.

To apply:

Only electronic applications will be accepted. Please send one Word document or PDF containing cover letter, current resume or vita, and 3 references to:
Jeanne Mercer-Ballard
Faculty, Department of Technology and Environmental Design

Deadline to apply:

Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Proposed starting date for this position is August 1, 2012.

Individuals with disabilities desiring reasonable accommodations in the application process should contact Jeanne Mercer-Ballard at ude.etatsppa|ajrecrem#ude.etatsppa|ajrecrem or 828-262-7832. All offers of employment will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

2012 VCU Service-Learning Spring Workshop

VA Engage Network,

Please join us for the 2012 VCU Service-Learning Spring Workshop

Wednesday, May 2nd
Student Commons, Forum Room
907 Floyd Avenue
Student Reflection: The Hyphen Between Service and Learning

Each May, the VCU Service-Learning Office conducts a half-day workshop. The workshop provides an opportunity for service-learning faculty members, graduate students and higher education administrators who are already using service-learning in their classes to further develop their expertise in the pedagogy. If you are currently using service-learning in your teaching, the VCU Service-Learning Spring Workshop is for you. This half-day workshop will help you refine your skills and meet other instructors who incorporate service-learning in their teaching. The topic for this year’s VCU Service-Learning Spring Workshop is reflection.


While service-learning course content may vary, reflection is a key aspect of service-learning that connects courses across campus. Reflection provides the “bridge between service activities and the educational content of the course” (Bringle and Hatcher, 1999). Reflection highlights the importance of making connections, asking questions and analyzing situations (Reed and Koliba, 1995). Reflection is a critical aspect of any service-learning course and provides instructors and students with a framework for impactful experiential learning.

The 2012 VCU Service-Learning Spring Workshop will provide service-learning instructors with the tools they need to improve the quality of the reflection activities they use in their classes and provide participants with multiple opportunities to exchange ideas with each other and VCU Service-Learning Office staff members.

This training is free for all VCU employees. Non-VCU employees are welcome if spaces are available. A registration fee of $25 (cash or check) that includes lunch is applicable.

Find out more and register at
Registration deadline is April 25th by 4pm

Please pass the information along to interested colleagues!

Erin Burke Brown, M.P.A.
Service-Learning Assistant Director & Instructor
VCU AmeriCorps/America Reads Director
817 S. Cathedral Place
Richmond, VA 23284
Phone: (804) 828-8838

VA Engage Journal

Please promote the VA Engage Journal to your students! We are happily accepting student submissions up through May 21st and still recruiting reviewers. Please email your reviewer suggestions and student submissions to gro.lanruojegagneav|rotide#gro.lanruojegagneav|rotide.

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Student submissions are due May 21, 2012 to gro.lanruojegagneav|rotide#gro.lanruojegagneav|rotide

The VA Engage Journal promotes engaged scholarship by providing undergraduate students with a forum to publish community based research, case studies, reflection essays, and book reviews. The VA Engage Journal encourages faculty mentorship of undergraduate learning and scholarship in community engagement.

Any undergraduate enrolled full or part-time at a two or four year college or university in Virginia is eligible to submit an article. All submissions will be reviewed by an editorial committee comprised of faculty, students, and community members.

VA Engage Journal is now soliciting articles and recruiting reviewers for the Fall 2012 issue.

W&M Active Citizens Conference

February 17 and 18, 2012

In recent years many colleges and universities have experienced a critical transformation in community engagement, characterized by prolific growth in student and faculty partnerships with communities and alumni. The Active Citizens Conference will explore ways in which higher education might respond to this emotional inspiration and intellectual curiosity. How can we support a culture of active citizenship while challenging students to become engaged scholars? We hope you will join us as we tackle this question through keynote presentations, panel discussions, workshops and informal discussions.

Robert Egger
Robert Egger is the Founder and President of the DC Central Kitchen, the country’s first “community kitchen”, where food donated by hospitality businesses and farms is used to fuel a nationally recognized culinary arts job training program, where unemployed men and women learn marketable skills while donations are converted into balanced meals. Since opening in 1989, the Kitchen has produced over 23 million meals and helped 800 men and women gain full time employment. The Kitchen operates its own revenue generating business, Fresh Start Catering, as well as the Campus Kitchens Project, which coordinates similar recycling/meal programs in 30 college or high school based kitchens.

In Washington, Robert was the founding Chair of both the Mayor’s Commission on Nutrition and Street Sense, Washington’s “homeless” newspaper. He was also the Co-Convener of the first Nonprofit Congress, held in Washington DC in 2006.

Robert’s book on the non-profit sector, Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient and Rewarding For All, was released in 2004 by HarperCollins. It received the 2005 McAdam Prize for “Best Nonprofit Management Book” by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.

Robert was included in the Non Profit Times list of the “50 Most Powerful and Influential” nonprofit leaders from 2006-2009. He was the recipient of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s 2007 “Lifetime Achievement” award and the 2004 James Beard Foundation “Humanitarian of the Year” award. He has been named an Oprah Angel, a Washingtonian of the Year, a Point of Light and one of the Ten Most Caring People in America, by the Caring Institute. He is also a 14-gallon blood donor to the American Red Cross.

Robert speaks throughout the country and internationally on the subjects of hunger, sustainability, nonprofit political engagement and social enterprise. He writes blogs and editorials to share his ideas about the nonprofit sector and the future of America. To check out Robert’s most recent speaking schedule, blogs, and editorials, please visit

Jill Piacitelli, Executive Director of Break Away
Jill Piacitelli has worked with Break Away in various capacities for the last 10 years: conference and retreat facilitator, National Program Director, curriculum development, Board of Directors, and Programs Board. She received a bachelor’s of science in Sociology from Brigham Young University, where her stint as a research assistant fueled her interest in service-learning and in social movements. She went on to become a service-learning coordinator on several campuses, able to be part of 5 alternative breaks. She is committed to the development of active citizenship, and the role a quality alternative break can play in a life .

George Srour
George Srour developed the idea that evolved into Building Tomorrow as a student at The College of William and Mary. In just six weeks, he helped raise $45,000 to construct a three-story school in Kampala, Uganda, which now serves 350 children. George, a 2005 college graduate, credits his experience working for the United Nations World Food Programme for inspiring him to launch Building Tomorrow.

Cosmo Fujiyama
Cosmo Fujiyama is a Japanese-American philanthropist who co-founded Students Helping Honduras. She and her brother, Shin Fujiyama, created incorporated Students Helping Honduras in 2007 after visiting Honduras on a service learning trip. Cosmo holds a Bachelor's degree in American Studies and Women's Studies from The College of William & Mary.

Lisa Keyne
Lisa Keyne is the Executive Director of North Carolina Campus Compact, serving as the primary administrator for the organization and the essential link to North Carolina Presidents and Chancellors and the national network. She moved to North Carolina from Oregon where she was Vice Provost for Concordia University, Portland, OR. Dr. Keyne began her work in higher education as program director at Concordia University in Seward, NE, and then at Concordia University, Portland, OR, mentoring and equipping students for fulltime church work.

Dr. Keyne has helped promote community engagement by serving on the board of the Servant Events Committee of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and as leader for a team of college students who went to China for the summer to teach English. She served for seven years as member of the faculty development team for the Concordia University System, facilitating two system-wide faculty conferences. At Concordia in Portland she helped to coordinate civic engagement activities as part of that campus’ Portland Initiative.

Dr. Keyne serves as Vice Chair on the NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. In May 2008 she graduated from Leadership North Carolina, the statewide leadership program that seeks to inform, develop and engage committed leaders by broadening their understanding of and involvement in issues and opportunities facing North Carolina. She has a master’s in public administration from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and a Ph.D. in higher and postsecondary education from the University of Southern California.

David Smith
David B. Smith is the Executive Director of the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC). Founded in 1946 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1953, NCoC defines modern citizenship through tracking, measuring and promoting civic engagement with the goal of building a more informed, engaged, giving and trusting citizenry. NCoC’s work enhances history and civics education, encourages national and community service, and promotes greater participation in the political process.

Prior to joining NCoC, David founded and directed, a national organization that improves democracy by investing in Millennial led solutions. Under his tenure, expanded from a team of 10 students to over 30,000 activists in over 200 communities and published the acclaimed Mobilizer's Guidebook and Democracy 2.0 Declaration.

David currently serves as the co-founder and Vice Chair of the Youth Policy Action Center (YPAC), an award winning website that serves as a central hub for legislative action alerts pertaining to youth issues for over 100 national organizations and 30,000 online advocates.

David has been honored with awards including the Independent Sector’s “American Express NGen Fellowship”, YouthVote Coalition’s “30 under 30” and the International Youth Foundation’s “YouthActionNet Fellowship” for social entrepreneurship. He has been quoted in many magazines, blogs, and newspapers, including the New York Times, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Orange County Register, Dallas Morning Star, Miami Herald, Washington Times, Huffington Post, NPR’s Marketplace, and Cspan. He has been featured in books including the Millennial Manifesto and Generation We, and has published an essay in Rebooting America.

David serves as Chairman of, Treasurer for Prepare the Future, Director of Common Sense California, and Trustee of Americans for Generational Equity. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Splashlife, and on the Steering Committee of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools.

David graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. While at Cal, he taught a class on National Youth Policy and researched the causes and possible solutions to the “Youth Civic Engagement Crisis in America.”

Maya Enista Smith
Maya Enista Smith joined the team in July 2005 as Chief Operating Officer. Today, she is the Chief Executive Officer of a growing and innovative Millennial organization whose mission is to improve democracy by investing in Millennial-driven solutions.

At 28 years old, Maya is a veteran in the public service sector, beginning her non-profit career 8 years ago. Maya has been active in public service since she was an undergraduate at Rutgers University, focusing mainly on voter empowerment and youth civic engagement. She began her career as the East Coast Coordinator for Rock The Vote at age 17, a position in which she registered over 30,000 young people. Through her work with Rock The Vote, Maya was awarded the first ever Rock The Vote “Rockin’ The Street’s” Award.

She continued her voter registration work when she accepted the position of National Field Director for the Hip Hop Civic Engagement Project, a project that grew out of the successful National Hip Hop Political Convention in Newark, NJ. Maya organized a 13 state campaign that registered over 300,000 new voters in the “hip hop generation.”

In addition to her work with, Maya serves on the Advisory Board for CIRCLE, the Working Group for the Civic Health Index of the National Conference on Citizenship, and the Board of Directors for BoardSource. For her leadership, Maya has been awarded a YouthActionNet Fellowship, the Independent Sector NGEN American Express Fellowship, Utne Reader’s 50 Visionaries Changing Your World Award, WIN’s Young Women of Achievement Award and Gelman, Rosenberg + Freedman 20011 EXCEL Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management. In addition to her accolades, Maya has contributed to this vibrant sector by serving on the host committee for the 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New York City, NY as well as serving as a grant reviewer for competitive grant programs at the Case Foundation and the Knight Foundation.

Most recently, Maya was awarded the competitive Prime Movers Fellowship of the Hunt Alternatives Fund. The Prime Movers Fellowship is a multi-year fellowship program for emerging and established social movement leaders working at the national level. Unlike other fellowships, the program emphasizes the professional development of individual leaders who engage masses of people. This focus allows leaders to think beyond their organizations and take on broader, more pivotal roles within their movements.

Maya, very proud of her Jersey roots, grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey and attended Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ and Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. She currently resides in Washington DC with her husband, David and her two black labs, Hudson and Zinny.

Fumi Tosu
"Fumi Tosu runs TABLE FOR TWO USA, which simultaneously addresses malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa and obesity/overconsumption in the U.S. through a “calorie transfer” program. In his prior life, he spent 7 years as an economic consultant. Fumi received his BA from Williams College and a Masters in Development Practice (MDP) degree from Columbia University."

Public organizations such as state and local governments, Indian Tribes, and non-profit private organizations are invited to submit a Concept Paper to the Virginia State Office. The proposed project must be received no later than February 24, 2012 and address the following priority areas from the Corporation’s 2011-2015 Strategic Plan:

Economic Opportunity: Safe and affordable housing for vulnerable families and employment access and training
Education: Increasing graduation rates in low-income communities, improving grade level performance, Turnaround School activities
Veterans and Military Families: Engaging Veterans in service, service to Veterans and military families
Healthy Futures: Reducing obesity rates, increasing health and wellness for all Americans, access to food and nutrition, access to health care

Email contact below for Request for Concept Papers that details the application eligibility guidelines and time frames. We would like to ask your assistance in sharing this information with other projects and/or agencies throughout your service area that you feel may benefit from these resources.

Should you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Corporation’s Virginia State Office at vog.snc|av#vog.snc|av

Debbie D. Martinez

State Program Specialist

Virginia State Office

Corporation for National and Community Service

400 North 8th Street Suite 446

Richmond, VA 23219

TELEPHONE: 804.771.2197 Ext. 24

FAX: 804.771.2157

Reversing a Civic Recession: What Higher Education Can Do

AAC&U’s 2012 Annual Meeting Symposium
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Washington, DC
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Knowing your keen interest in civic learning, we invite you to join in a national action forum in Washington, DC on January 25, 2012 that will feature the newly released civic report to the nation, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future. We invite you to join us for this event with other committed civic leaders and educators to mobilize action on the next generation of campus investments in civic learning and democratic engagement.

The ambitious set of recommendations included in the national report were derived from a broad base of civic practitioners, scholars, educators, policy makers, and others who met over the past year. The report calls on higher education to fully claim its role as a site for educating students in the full range of civic and democratic knowledge and skills they will require to be active, informed, and responsible citizens in this global century and diverse United States. The report argues that it is time to move civic learning from the sidelines to the center of expected learning for every college student.

The symposium, “Reversing a Civic Recession: What Higher Education Can Do,” features two dynamic plenary sessions: an opening address by Martha Kanter, Undersecretary of Education for the U.S. Department of Education, and a luncheon address by Scott Cowen, President of Tulane University.

The symposium is part of AAC&U’s 2012 Annual Meeting—“Shared Futures/Difficult Choices: Reclaiming a Democratic Vision for College Learning, Global Engagement, and Success”—which will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC, January 25-28. The Annual Meeting will include 150 presentations featuring 350 speakers who represent the work of more than 200 colleges and universities.

Symposium participants will:

· Help define a robust vision of civic learning for a diverse and globally interdependent age
· Share emerging models that integrate civic learning with powerful democratic pedagogies across general education, disciplines, and degree programs
· Learn how to transform campus/community partnerships to address real world problems
· Explore what the research says about practices that foster civic capabilities and discover how those practices correlate with increased student retention rates
· Map how students, student affairs educators, faculty members, and administrators can contribute to a civic ethos on campus

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to join colleagues in rich and provocative conversation and planning. Note that registration for the symposium is available as a stand-alone option, with a separate fee, for those not able to attend the full Annual Meeting. To register for the symposium only, please complete a hard copy of the registration form and mail it to: AAC&U Annual Meeting Registration, 1818 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009.

For additional information about the symposium, visit or contact gro.ucaa|sgniteem#gro.ucaa|sgniteem. We hope to see you in January.

Early Bird Pricing is Available NOW**

Register today.

VA Engage Journal

Please promote the VA Engage Journal to your students! We are happily accepting student submissions up through May 16th and still recruiting reviewers. Please email your reviewer suggestions and student submissions to gro.lanruojegagneav|rotide#gro.lanruojegagneav|rotide. New VA Engage Journal website coming soon!!Best, Megan Raymond (UVA), Drew Stelljes (W&M), Roberta Rosenberg (CNU) and Terry Dolson (U of R)

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Student submissions are due May 16, 2011 to gro.lanruojegagneav|rotide#gro.lanruojegagneav|rotide

The VA Engage Journal promotes engaged scholarship by providing undergraduate students with a forum to publish community based research, case studies, reflection essays, and book reviews. The VA Engage Journal encourages faculty mentorship of undergraduate learning and scholarship in community engagement.

Any undergraduate enrolled full or part-time at a two or four year college or university in Virginia is eligible to submit an article. All submissions will be reviewed by an editorial committee comprised of faculty, students, and community members.

VA Engage Journal is now soliciting articles and recruiting reviewers for the Fall 2011 issue.

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