Internationally Recognized Civic Engagement Leader to Present at Inaugural Event

Dr. Robert G. Bringle, an internationally recognized service-learning and civic engagement leader, will be the keynote speaker and lead presenter at Barry’s inaugural Community Engagement Symposium. 

Date: Wednesday, March 12
Time: 8:15 am–3:30 pm 

Bringle is the Kulynych/Cline Visiting Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State University. He also is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Philanthropic Studies and Senior Scholar in the Center for Service and Learning at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. In addition, he is a consultant for higher education institutions on various national initiatives, and internationally (South Africa, Macedonia, Mexico, Egypt, Ireland, Malaysia) on issues related to community service and civic engagement.

As a scholar-practitioner, Bringle has concentrated much of his service-learning/ civic engagement work on student and faculty attitudes and motives, educational outcomes, institutionalization, and assessment and measurement issues. In his previous position as Executive Director of the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning (1994-2012), his work resulted in the ranking of the service-learning program as 8th best in the nation in 2002 and recognition of that university with the Presidential Award in 2006 as part of the first President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. 

Bringle has published six books and numerous journal articles on service-learning and civic engagement. His publications are widely cited by other researchers.

He was awarded the School of Science Teaching Award in 1994, the SOS Service Award in 1995, the Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning in 1998, the IUPUI Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011, and the Legacy of Service Award from Indiana Campus Compact in 2012. In 2004, he was recognized at the 4th Annual International Service-Learning Research Conference for his outstanding contributions to the service-learning research field. The University of the Free State, South Africa, awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2004 for his scholarly work on civic engagement and service learning. 

Bringle will lead two sessions of the Symposium: 

  • “Community Engagement as a Strategic Institutional Enterprise” – Andreas Building, Room 111; 9:30–10:30 am
  • “Campus and Community Partners as Co-educators” – Andreas Building, Room 111; 2:10–3:10 pm

This Symposium is free campus-wide and for the community; however, registration is required.

For more information, visit the CCSI homepage; email service@barry.edu; or call 305-899-3696.

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