Beth Gazley, Indiana University Bloomington - The Brian Douglas Hiltunen Award for the Outstanding Contribution to the Scholarship of Engagement
As an Associate Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Beth teaches nonprofit management to 130 undergraduate and graduate students annually. Her students not only get the benefit of her background as a professional in nonprofit management and the knowledge she brings as a researcher on student community engagement, but her commitment to provide them with a true service learning experience. She says "I try to operate under the principle of reciprocity that is central to service learning practice, with an understanding that it takes both willing community partners and a supportive academic infrastructure to make service learning work for faculty, for students, and for the community agencies that host students."
In his nomination letter, John Graham, Dean, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, highlights Beth's keen interest in understanding how to improve service learning experiences for community partners which ultimately leads to a good experience for student learners. Barry Lessow, Executive Director, United Way of Monroe County says, "We were fortunate to get a bright scholar, an experienced community volunteer, a dedicated teacher, and an individual who 'got it'. She is the real deal. And, when she was going about her work on engagement, she practiced it."